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April 18th, 2014 at 4:10 pm
Issa to Investigate Pro-ObamaCare ‘Census-Gate’

Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Government Oversight & Reform Committee, wants the Census Bureau to explain why it failed to tell Congress that it would change the way it measures whether people have health insurance in the same year ObamaCare goes into effect.

The new survey produces a lower uninsured rate than previous versions asked by the Census Bureau. The concern is that the new lower numbers will make ObamaCare enrollment figures now and the in the future appear to be higher than they would have had the same questions been asked.

“A two-percent adjustment in the nationwide uninsured rate would represent a change in status for six million Americans and could be used in misleading arguments about the coverage impact of the Affordable Care Act,” Issa wrote in a letter to the Census Bureau.

Politically-motivated shenanigans are nothing new for ObamaCare, but this latest revelation indicates that even a highly respected agency like the Census Bureau – which researchers in several fields look to for objective data – is being used to push the narrative that the controversial health law is a historic success; data to the contrary notwithstanding.

H/T: Washington Examiner

June 1st, 2010 at 4:13 pm
The Return of James O’Keefe
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You may not know his name (though you’ve seen it here at CFIF before), but you probably know his work. O’Keefe is the 25-year old renegade conservative filmaker whose undercover exposes of groups like Planned Parenthood and ACORN have revealed institutional corruption on the left.

Well, he’s back. And this time his target is the U.S. Census Bureau. Are the results as damning this time? Judge for yourself:

May 7th, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Unemployment Up in April: Obama Cheers Job Numbers

Only in Washington, D.C. does the title of this post make any sense.  When gauging the state of jobs in our country, most look to the figure produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics referred to as “unemployment.”  That number rose last month from 9.7 to 9.9 percent.  Yet the economy added 290,000 non-farm jobs to payrolls.

Obama is upbeat about the numbers as 290,000 people who were not working last month are today.  The silver lining of the unemployment figure is the assumption that some people who gave up on job searching are back at it and thus are counted in the unemployment number again.

But there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about any assertions the jobs market is rebounding.  Since Obama came into office, Washington has exploded with public sector jobs.  The most illusory job creator is the Census Bureau, which balloons every ten years with temporary positions to complete the national survey.  Of the jobs created last month, the Census created 66,000, building up to the expected 1.2 million temporary jobs at the Bureau, which will not exist next year.

Furthermore, the underemployment rate, which also includes the unemployed who have quit job searching or have taken part-time work because they can’t find a full-time position, continues to climb.   Underemployment has risen from 16.5 percent to 17.1 percent since the beginning of the year.

And Obama has the gall to keep telling us the stimulus, the emergency $787 billion porker that if passed would prevent unemployment from rising above 8 percent, is working.

March 12th, 2010 at 9:46 am
What Happens if You Muck Around with Census Questions?
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For all who are contemplating not answering, or alternatively providing “creative” answers, to Census questions, former Justice Department lawyer Hans A. von Spakovsky provides a words-to-the-wise basic primer on the legal ramifications of those actions.

Read his brief National Review Online analysis here.

October 8th, 2009 at 5:29 pm
Census Bureau Hires Criminals? (This Isn’t an ACORN story)
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According to The Hill, criminals may have been hired to conduct door-to-door census canvassing, based on a GAO report.

Hi.  I’m here to take your census.  Oh, that’s a nice watch you’re wearing.  Is your wallet handy so I can check your identification?

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