- Bruce Chapman is a former director of the Census Bureau. He says handing control of the Census over to the White House would compromise the integrity of the system and the population count so many people rely on.
"The first consequence is that literally states could [gain] or lose congressional seats. There could be changes in the makeup of legislative bodies within states," he notes. "Millions, billions of dollars of money could be reallocated according to some sort of formula where the Census Bureau's hard numbers are adjusted by sampling techniques and computer modeling, which are not good science."
Chapman says it is disingenuous for the Obama administration to continue talking about its respect for science while it is considering adjusting the count of experienced statisticians with "public opinion-style" sampling and computer models that will undermine the credibility of the Census numbers.
Thomas E. Woods Jr. goes where politicians and the media won't. Instead of skewering the free market, he traces back this economic boom-turned-bust to one of the most revered government institutions of all—the Federal Reserve System.
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