John Crudele has a follow up to his report of the Census faking the employment numbers leading up to the 2012 election. He reminds us that back in 2009 there was controversy when it was announced that the Census Bureau would report right to the White House and Rahm Emanuel. Then in 2010 he began to hear stories of some strange hiring practices at the Census. Now he’s asking questions that others in the media aren’t asking.
I still don’t know what was going on.
But then I heard about the falsification in Philly. This time, however, it wasn’t the employment numbers that were being doodled with. This time it was the unemployment data, which are gathered at the Census Bureau and handed over raw to the Labor Department.
I don’t want to get ahead of myself on this, but Philadelphia is pretty close to Washington, DC. And the census taker who was caught cheating — a guy named Julius Buckmon — had been canvassing the DC area when he was filling out forms for people who didn’t exist.
And the Census Bureau had been inexplicably downsized in recent years from eight regions to only six, giving more control to whoever had seized control.
The supervisor who was fingered by Buckmon did admit that he told other survey takers to hand in half-filled-out interviews. And the White House always has pretty good influence at the Census Bureau, even if it didn’t get its wish for Emanuel. (Read More)
Would you put it past anyone in this White House to monkey with the employment numbers to win an election?