A Crucial Count

Role of ACORN in 2010 Census could have lasting consequences

Counting is simple, right? After all, my two-year-old can tell me if she has four, six or ten green peas left on her plate, a skill largely gleaned from a stuffed vampire on public television. How difficult could it be?

Unfortunately, the issue here is not necessarily as simple as it should be. As always, “simple” is being made complicated by a bitter group of people bent on preserving perpetual power by any means possible. This time, though, it’s the census. It happens every ten years and, this year, it’s going to cause a street-fight.

The issue here is the difference between actual enumeration and statistical sampling. As we look forward to the 2010 Census, with control of the count having been wrestled from the apolitical Commerce Department by the Democrat-led White House, and with both the reapportionment of U.S. House seats and the redistricting of the several states depending upon accurate census numbers, the distinction between actual enumeration and statistical sampling has never been so crucial.

While the latter, statistical sampling, uses mathematical equations to estimate the amount of people in a given area, actual enumeration is the practice of actually counting those who live here—legally or illegally—in the United States of America, and using those actual numbers to reapportion House seats and re-draw the boundaries of congressional districts in each state. Actual enumeration is actually required by Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution:

Representation and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers … . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.

Most recently in the lead-up and aftermath of the 2000 Census, however, Democrats pushed for the use of statistical sampling to determine–largely by mathematical estimation–population data and reapportion and redistrict accordingly, claiming that minorities were not fairly represented because they are less inclined to return census forms. Republicans and conservatives alike have decried the practice as inaccurate, easily manipulated and, above all else, unconstitutional.

In 1999, The United States Supreme Court held in Commerce v. House of Representatives that the Census Bureau was required to employ, pursuant to the Constitution, the practice of actual enumeration with regard to reapportionment. While there has been no such judicial determination with regard to the constitutionally-required use of actual enumeration rather than statistical sampling for redistricting, the Census Bureau back in March 2001 recommended that actual enumeration be used for just such a purpose. From that report:


The Executive Steering Committee for ACE Policy (ESCAP) is unable to conclude, based on the information available at this time, that the adjusted Census 2000 data are more accurate for redistricting. Accordingly, ESCAP recommends that the unadjusted census data be released as the Census Bureau’s official redistricting data.

Do not expect the fight over the use of statistical sampling to be over, though. If the Democrats controlling Capitol Hill have learned anything over the past 18 months or so, it is the power of appealing to minority voters with superficial promises of “hope” and “change.” Expect the same sort of appeals, except this time in the name of “fairness” and accompanied by the same, tired old diatribe that actual enumeration shortchanges minority voters.

The decision to bring control of the 2010 Census under the umbrella of the White House and Rahm Emanuel could have been the foundational move to do just that. Much in the same way that President Barack Obama took to the airwaves and to late-night talk shows to sell his counterproductive economic recovery measures, expect him to deal directly with the American people with regard to the merits of statistical sampling.

So long as his teleprompter is working, that is.

Of course, just as the Census Bureau predicted in its March 2001 report, new technology has indeed made the practice of statistical sampling more accurate, but any technology employed in the sampling process would be handled by human hands – and with regard to redistricting and the effect it has upon the value of each vote, a little fraud can go a long way.

How convenient.

With 2010 around the corner, we’ve learned that voter fraud specialists ACORN will be participating in this particular count. In other words, the very same group which accepted $832,000 in donations from then-candidate Barack Obama’s campaign and subsequently was under investigation for registration fraud in more than a dozen states during last year’s contest–not to mention the more than $5 billion destined for ACORN-like groups in the so-called “stimulus” package signed into law last month–will have a heavy hand in determining the population count so crucial in determining everything from the balance of power on Capitol Hill to the allocation of federal funds nationwide. An excerpt from a Fox News article published Wednesday:


But ACORN’s partnership with the 2010 Census is worrisome to lawmakers who say past allegations of fraud should raise concerns about the organization.

“It’s a concern, especially when you look at all the different charges of voter fraud. And it’s not just the lawmakers’ concern. It should be the concern of every citizen in the country,” Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland, R-Ga., vice ranking member of the subcommittee for the U.S. Census, told FOXNews.com. “We want an enumeration. We don’t want to have any false numbers.”

ACORN, which claims to be a non-partisan grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people, came under fire in 2007 when Washington State filed felony charges against several paid ACORN employees and supervisors for more than 1,700 fraudulent voter registrations. In March 2008, an ACORN worker in Pennsylvania was sentenced for making 29 phony voter registration forms. The group’s activities were frequently questioned in the 2008 presidential election.

ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson told FOXNews.com that “ACORN as an organization has not been charged with any crime.” He added that fears that the organization will unfairly influence the census are unfounded.

Sure, just like Mickey Mouse registered to vote in Orlando, and the entire Dallas Cowboys front line registered in Las Vegas. Oh, ACORN is non-partisan. I don’t worry a bit.

During the recent election, I recall one Ohio voter who admitted to having been registered to vote 73 times by ACORN workers. With that kind of track record concerning just one voter, imagine the effect that ACORN’s involvement could have on the number of minority voters in urban centers like Philadelphia, for example. Should ACORN workers be able to “find” many more voters in the very liberal City of Brotherly Love than before, much in the same way ACORN workers “found” those 1,700 additional registered voters in Washington State or “found” Freddie Johnson 73 times, redistricting according to new-found numbers could mean a dramatic shift in congressional power away from the more conservative center districts of Pennsylvania to the liberal southeastern corner. Such a result could be repeated in population centers across the country.

Unfortunately, the various approaches to census-taking and the consequences of each count are not the sexiest of news stories. Though it gets mired in details and numerical mumbo-jumbo, the approach taken to the 2010 Census could be the most critical issue with regard to the Obama administration so far. For conservatives, sticking our heads in the sand and hoping this goes away is simply not an option.

When it comes to a national election, ACORN is a bad dream. When it comes to the census, however, ACORN is an absolute nightmare. This is a group which was under investigation for voter fraud, for inventing fraudulent registrations, and now could play a role in the long-term balance of power in our representative republic. A few thousand fraudulent votes can elect a congressman; a fraudulent sampling, however, can pass legislation for years to come.

In his dissent in the first major judicial challenge to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, otherwise known as John McCain and Russ Feingold’s “campaign finance reform” legislation, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that “the first instinct of power is the preservation of power.” This perversion and hijacking of the constitutionally-mandated census process is just that — another facet of a Democratic Party power grab, much in the same way as they became the Party of Free Stuff by expanding further the welfare state through the recent unprecedented spending, and much in the same way as they will attempt to expand their voter base by inevitably providing amnesty to illegal immigrants.

You know, I often ramble on and on about the founders of this great nation, and I’m sure I get more than a few rolled eyes when I write about how these imperfect men didn’t know what they wanted America to be as much as they knew what they did NOT want America to be, how they wished for this great experiment to be the antithesis of the tyrannical and oppressive states from which they came. As it were, however, each and every provision in our founding documents was placed there intentionally and in response to what those men knew from experience elsewhere, and to what they expected and predicted from human nature, could happen. There’s a reason that the Constitution is a limiting document, and there is a reason that our founders knew to require that actual enumeration, the act of actually counting those living in the United States of America, be used to drive changes in the balance of power in this country.

We’re getting further and further away from the Tree of Liberty. We’ve already gone so far as to barely feel the roots under our feet. As we face this new challenge, I fear that once again ignoring the prognostications of and protections set forth by our forefathers will push us so far as to never return. Let’s stand up, be counted, and make sure that doesn’t happen.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Amen brother. I, for one, will be in the street when you need me.

  2. T.Nelson says:

    The Sign on the bag should read ‘Un-Census bureau’.

  3. Gail B says:

    Cannot agree with you more, Jeff.

    Just tell us–who are in the streets with Anonymous–what we are to do. And, make your orders clear for us, that we don’t go off half-cocked! (You know how I can be at times!)

  4. Laurie says:

    Jeff…I could not agree more with you. Sad but so very true .. every statement made. I am ready to stand up and be noticed…..count me in.

  5. Gail B says:

    Uh–Jeff, do you think that the 2010 Census will have to have a recount because of a “man-caused disaster?”

  6. T.I.M. says:

    ACORN census equals shell game (if you want it in a nut’s hell).

  7. Anonymous says:

    Jeff:

    Great article! I don’t know how ACORN is going unscathed after such obvious fraud! It will be interesting to see if the topic of their corruption will make it back into the ADD-riddled public discourse.

    On another note, I have been paying very close attention (thanks to Glenn Beck) to something that happened Wednesday afternoon. The Treasury just “lent” (printed) a huge sum of money to the FED for the purpose of “buying” our debt. This is called monetizing the debt. Glenn said long ago that when this happens, know that we are in serious trouble, b/c it means that we are buying our own bonds (b/c no one else wants to). It’s like writing a check to yourself to pay for say, a new car, even though there are no funds in your account! This has been tried, but it has NEVER worked in the history of the world! Think Zimbabwe and the Weimar Republic. The readers here must pay close attention to this, b/c if we can’t make it work, our economy is going to implode MUCH MORE than it already has!

    Ben Shapiro had a great piece in our paper today detailing how Obama knows that what they are doing will cause a serious depression plus horrible inflation. This will give him the perfect “excuse” to further denounce capitalism and seal the deal on socialism for America.

    These issues are not easy to explain to anybody, b/c economics (especially GOOD economic theory) is not understood by the vast majority of the country. That’s why this homemaker has taken it upon herself to learn everything I can about economic policy. Old Bob and I have read “Meltdown”, and I now feel like I understand things much better.

    I would like to see you or one of your writers to report on the FED, the Treasury, and what is going on. Try to keep tabs on what Beck is saying, and you will be able to monitor what’s happening right under our nose! The MSM is not reporting on this intentionally…they are complicit!

    I don’t know whether to cry or throw up!

    Sorry to be such a downer…….

    Lisa in TX

  8. Anonymous says:

    The president had been making an attempt at self-deprecating humor in his appearance on Jay Leno’s show by saying that a recent 129 he scored in the White House bowling alley had been “like Special Olympics, or something.”

    No surprise here. With the plethora of shady friends Obama pals around with it is no wonder he can’t stay out of the gutter:

    Tony Rezko
    Reverend Wright
    Louis Farrakhan
    William Ayers
    Bernardine Rae Dohrn
    Frank Marshall Davis
    Rashid Khalidi
    Father Michael Pfleger
    George Soros
    Acorn Community Org
    etc., etc., etc.

    http://obamawho.wordpress.com/2008/06/19/a-list-of-obamas-friends-and-associates/

  9. Anonymous says:

    The fact that ACORN would even be considered for such a role when they should instead be prosecuted for past fraud is evidence of how sorry and weak our current government is. Also, why there hasn’t been much stronger resistance to the current administration’s takeover of the census operation (moving it into the White House?) is astonishing. They don’t seem to care much.

    On the upside, dingbat is reported to have had a good time last night on Leno. Gee, that’s so reassuring.

    JV

    word verification: ulicier, a combination of ulcer and lucifer.

    JV

  10. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous said…And, I, for one, will be adding 10 more white christians to my household on my census form this time around. Wanna play games, Acorn? Lets go! Might have an idea here, if every one over states their household numbers by 2 or 3 x it should off set ACORN shifting population. Of course we would have a population of over 5 or 600 mill.

  11. Anonymous says:

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  12. Anonymous says:

    I believe that the census also determines the number of electoral votes.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I believe that if every undercover detective available would spend their free time looking into both the finances and those on the top managment of this abominable organization, they would find more than enough criminal activities to close their crap hole down before the cencus…

    Others can ask God to expose their corruption for all to see…Including any and all involved in top positions of the government…

    This organization needs to go down….

  14. Anonymous says:

    I hope that everyone on here is taking notice of the tea parties and Glenn Beck’s 9-12 project…

    http://www.taxdayteaparty.com
    http://www.the912project.com

    the tax party site will link you to whatever state your in and the location of protests close to your area…make your protest signs about whatever you choose…doesn’t have to be aimed directly at taxes (although that is the greatest control of the masses), and the 912 project has a facebook group that you can join in your state if someone has started one…these local chapters are starting to organize on the smaller level…small networks popping up in local communities designed to grow locally and join on a larger national level…
    I hope all will think about joining these organizations and groups…it’s time to stand up and do something…make our voices heard…
    I am hoping that the real anger will be aimed at Congress…where the absolute and total destruction of America is taking place…the AIG bonuses are NOTHING compared to the TRILLIONS of debt these criminals in DC are passing along to us and our future generations…aiming and pointing fingers at AIG is misplaced and calculated on their behalf to divert attention away from themselves…the real animals involved behind this whole scheme…165 million in bonuses…that they allowed to happen…is NOTHING compared with their 1.6 trillion dollar deficit this year! This is disgusting…I think these lieing you-know-what’s are treasonous!!!!! Imagine, creating a loophole to give the bonuses, deny they did it, and then when they’re busted, they admit, but somehow mobs are angry at the AIG people more than the crooks in DC? Seriously? Let’s start joining together and being as loud as we can.

    Rising up in Texas!!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

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  16. COUNT CHOCULA says:

    The new SENSELESS BUREAU….

  17. Anonymous says:

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  19. goddessdivine says:

    Interesting read; thanks for the info. This census thing has had me scared to death…..for the exact reasons you point out: The libs can increase their voting base by falsifying numbers. This could be totally disastrous in the short and long run. Just think: Democratic control everywhere–forever.

    How ACORN can be allowed to participate in such an important process is completely irresponsible and reprehensible. Just one more thing to chalk up on Obama’s reckless track record.

  20. Gail B says:

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  21. Anonymous says:

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  22. Karen says:

    I must say I LOVE the acronyms you wonderful, talented folks are coming up with!!

    But here is another way we might be able to make a difference in the 2010 Census: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/index.php

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Census Bureau is HIRING. Perhaps this is our chance to bring some accuracy and accountability into this.

  23. Anonymous says:

    You know they are going to be registering people to vote and they will not be able to reframe themselves from persuading them to vote for their idol and master BHO and the liberals…b.h.o will probably suggest they give out more $30.00 pre-paid credit cards to first time registrants…I’m sure they have a play book on how to sucker people to achieve their desired goals..

  24. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know what website Anon is going to with the Glenn Beck project…but it is not theglenbeck912project.com. It is the912project.com…gone there many times by this address…

  25. DOROTHY AND TOTO says:

    All incumbents gone! That is my dominant fantasy. Somewhere over the rainbow that must be possible.

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