The census is mandated by the United States Constitution as a way to ensure that the House of Representatives has a proper, proportional representation to the citizens of each state. For more than two centuries, American people have assumed that, while all systems are flawed, the government nevertheless carried out the census honestly. All that is about to change, in one of the greatest behind-the-scenes power grabs in history. After failing to get the census under Rahm-bo’s control, the Obama administration has a newer, even more nefarious plan:
[T]he Obama administration has decided to allow ACORN — the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now! — to “help” recruit the roughly 1.4 million temporary workers needed to count every American.
Gee, ACORN, low-level field workers, and government forms to be filled out by individuals: Why does this have “disaster” written all over it?
Could it be because, during the last couple of election cycles, ACORN’s people have been caught submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration forms? That ACORN staffers have been tried for and convicted of election tampering? That their latest cause has been invading homes that have been foreclosed and re-sold, and “restoring” them to their prior owners?
ACORN’s results in voter registration have been amazing — if you count only raw numbers. Once those numbers are “corrected,” the results are considerably less impressive. And the expense of those corrections are borne not by ACORN, but by the communities that have to wade through thousands of fraudulent forms. This past presidential election, one community in particular, Lake County, Illinois, received over 5,000 registration forms from ACORN. County officials waded through 2,100 of them without finding a single valid one, and chose to dump them all.
As J. G. Thayer reminds us:
[E]xtremely close attention must be paid to how the Obama administration handles the census. It’s rare for politicians to tip their hands this blatantly — especially twice — and we must not ignore the warnings.