Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Political, Not Censible

The White House power grab over the census is worrying some folks, Republicans and the statisticians who actually, uh, do the census.

Money Q:

President Obama said in his inaugural address that he planned to "restore science to its rightful place" in government. That's a worthy goal. But statisticians at the Commerce Department didn't think it would mean having the director of next year's Census report directly to the White House rather than to the Commerce secretary, as is customary. "There's only one reason to have that high level of White House involvement," a career professional at the Census Bureau tells me. "And it's called politics, not science."


Anonymous Aaron Proctor said...

Hey there - sorry I haven't checked out/commented in a while. You're still doing a great job. I've moved up to Port Richmond so I haven't been keeping tabs on Delco.

Hope all is well.

February 10, 2009 at 8:20 PM 

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