Gregg Withdrawal and the Census

Good for Senator Judd Gregg to withdraw his nomination as Commerce Secretary. As a fiscal conservative, a New Englander, AND a Senator, he is needed more (than ever) now on the Finance Committee.

And as a matter of principle, we are opposed to the frankly unconstitutional desire of the Obama administration to move the Census to the Chief of Staff’s office, and away from the duties of Commerce. It’s already politicized enough, isn’t it? We imagine Judd Gregg did not want to be part of that, either.

Conspiracy theory: Perhaps Obama folk just wanted Gregg removed from his position as ranking member of the Finance Committee and then in a couple months he would be forced out of the Commerce area, or his duties there would be piece-meal taken over by the Administration.

Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution says: 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.

Law directs that the Census Bureau is under jurisdiction of the Commerce Secretary.

So yeah, Obama can just nominate someone else who doesn’t mind White House interference in the Census. But now that Gregg is out, is seems less likely that Obama’s team will find that necessary. After all, they made noise about doing this mainly because some folks believed Gregg, as a conservative, wouldn’t “push hard” for a count of Hipsanics (and other traditionally solid Democrat groups).

But this is boring. Statisticians at Census take their job seriously, right? And why are conservatives always so quick to jump to conspiracy theories anyway? Geez, relax.  (And why are we so sarcastic?)

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