Why it’s called the ‘Stupid Party’ – ‘GOP Census Bill Would Eliminate America’s Economic Indicators’
When we elect people that are completely ignorant of how Government works, this is what we get.
Republicans submitting legislation to do away with departments that supply vital information to both Government and private business.
Or do Republicans simply not want us to know?
In which case you have to start asking yourself – WHY don’t they want us to know?
‘A spokesman for Duncan declined to explain why the congressman wants to eliminate such data or even whether he understands that the data would be compromised by his bill, which has 10 co-sponsors’.
‘The bill, introduced last week by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), would bar the U.S. Census Bureau from conducting nearly all surveys except for a decennial population count’.
‘Such a step that would end the government’s ability to provide reliable estimates of the employment rate. Indeed, the government would not be able to produce any of the major economic indices that move markets every month, said multiple statistics experts, who were aghast at the proposal’.
‘But the proposed Census Reform Act is explicit in its intent to end nearly every survey the Census conducts, mandating the “repeal” of the nation’s agricultural census, economic census, government census and mid-decade census’.
‘It would also bar the bureau from carrying out the American Community Survey (ACS), which the House voted last year to end, although the Senate let that measure die’.
‘There is very little done by the government or big businesses that does not at some level depend on the reams of information provided by the Census surveys, from writing regulations and distributing federal services to rolling out new products and finding customers’.
‘Independent observers had a hard time wrapping their minds around the legislation’.
“It’s hard to take this seriously because they’re really saying also they don’t want GDP. They want no facts about what’s going on in the U.S. economy,” said Haver. “It’s so fundamental to a free society that we have this kind of information, I can’t fathom where they’re coming from. I really can’t.”
“It’s so unimaginable. It would be like saying we don’t need policemen anymore, we don’t need firemen anymore,” said Prewitt. “To say suddenly we don’t need statistical information about the American economy, or American society, or American demography, or American trade, or whatever — it’s an Alice in Wonderland moment”.
‘But supporters of the Census Bureau and of government-backed science are acutely aware that pieces of such measures have a way of getting attached to higher-priority legislation’.
‘In March, a measure from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that bars the National Science Foundation from doing political science research this year slid through the Senate attached to legislation to keep the government running’.
‘And Duncan’s bill comes as Congress has already proposed slashing the Census budget 13 percent below the president’s request, and the bureau lacks a director to complain. There is also no secretary or deputy secretary at the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau and would generally advocate its cause in Congress’.
From : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/01/gop-census-bill_n_3188043.html