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Thread: White House potential Census Bureau pick sparks concern

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    practical experience, FTW Davy The First's Avatar
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    White House potential Census Bureau pick sparks concern

    They don't play fair, they surely don't.

    from WP

    "This week the Population Association of America and the Association of Population Research Centers, whose members include over 3,000 scientists and over 40 federally-funded organizations, sounded an alarm bell about one of their most sacred cows: the United States Census Bureau.

    Reports had surfaced saying the White House planned to install as the bureau’s deputy director Thomas Brunell, a political science professor with scant managerial experience who is best known for his testimony as an expert witness on behalf of Republican redistricting plans and a book that argues against competitive electoral districts.

    News of the appointment, which sources close to the bureau say is imminent, sparked handwringing among statisticians, former bureau directors, and civil rights leaders."

    “It’s not implausible that he (Brunell) would be given this job because of his redistricting strengths and inclinations,” said Kenneth Prewitt, a former director of the bureau who is now a professor of public affairs at Columbia University. “This is a game where a couple of seats can make the difference in the electoral college…so if you want to politicize it, this would be a clever strategy.”
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    And we have the Republican entry to gerrymander the entire country.
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    The primary purpose of the census is to determine representation in the House of Representatives.
    To take all the politics out of the census we could ask just 2 questions:
    1. Address
    2. Number of people living full time at this address and their ages.
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    The great hidden coup d'état from the GOP is control of the courts, gerrymandering and voter suppression. They've engaged in Long Term Business objective theories and approaches. If the CB becomes complicit in this, well, all bad. Trump is an anomaly, but he's happy to play along, what with all those big business 'donations' an all. But the 'silent revolution' is real, and ongoing.

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