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Do We Need a Costly U.S. Censue Bureau? Hints at Privatization

Original post made by Freedom on May 2, 2013

An esteemed congressman from that forward-looking state, South Carolina, wants the U.S. Census Business out of the business of measuring the American economy:

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), has introduced a bill that would bar the U.S. Census Bureau from conducting nearly all surveys except for a decennial population count. Such a step 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.
"They simply wouldn't exist. We won't have an unemployment rate," said Ken Prewitt, the former director of the U.S. Census who is now a professor of public affairs at Columbia University - the college in NYC, not the Junior College in Columbia South Carolina.

"I don't know how the market reacts if there is suddenly no unemployment rate at the start of the month," Prewitt said. "How does the market react if we don't have a GDP [gross domestic product]?"

Republicans were quick to point out the fallacy in Prewitt's reasoning. Said the South Carolina Congressman, "Just hand things over to the statistics people at Fox or Rasmussen."

Comments (4)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

What if the people that handle data and record the numbers can't count?

duh...


Posted by Republican, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

It's okay if they can't count. Indeed, miscounting might be mandatory if placed in Rasmussen's or Fox's hands. Who needs the truth when you've got your side seated in the counting house?


Posted by Cfholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

yup...


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

my census would be waaaaaaaaaaaaaay easy to fill out...i would only ask:

WHERE DO YOU BORN?

keep it simple!!!



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