UPDATED: Is the Obama census grab unconstitutional? Obama to cook books on census?
Cross posted to The Political Class. UPDATE: Midwesterner at Samizdata.net doesn’t think so, and the argument is persuasive: From reading through Title 13, Chapter 1 it appears obvious to me that the POTUS has no role in the census whatsoever beyond, with Senate approval, selecting the Secretary of Commerce and, also with Senate approval, selecting the Director of the Census who ” shall perform such | Read More »
The President always wanted to re-evaluate the census process?
No, I’m quite serious: since when? This is all part of this little article (Glenn Reynolds summed it up perfectly, by the way) about Sen. Gregg’s real value to this administration: MANCHESTER – Sen. Judd Gregg yesterday declined all comment on reports that the White House will strip him of his authority over the federal Census Bureau even before he becomes Secretary of Commerce. Gregg | Read More »
Did we think Gregg would help make the 2010 census fair? Think again!
Does it get any more convenient than this? Obama gets rid of a sitting (R) Senator, and then takes away the one most positive thing he could do. What a deal! The director of the Census Bureau will report directly to the White House and not the secretary of Commerce, according to a senior White House official. The decision came after black and Hispanic leaders | Read More »
CBC preparing to oppose Obama over Gregg?
Glenn Thrush has a statement from CBC Chair Rep. Barbara Lee that certainly sounds like they’re reserving the option: “In this light, Sen. Gregg’s record of previously voting to abolish the Commerce Department and his attempts to block President Bill Clinton’s efforts to secure adequate funding for the 2000 census raise troubling concerns regarding his commitment to the department’s core missions. We may know more | Read More »
Hey, aren’t we supposed to have a Secretary of Commerce?
OK, I understand that it was completely unexpected* that Gov Bill Richardson (D-NM) (and author of the book Leading by Example**) might have been caught up in pay-for-play shenanigans, but he dropped out January 4th. That was over two weeks ago: why are they still vetting people? Didn’t they have a backup? You’d think that they would have had a backup for Commerce, given that | Read More »
Observations from the Cheap Seats
Applause for President-Elect Obama’s selection of Timothy Geithner as the proposed new Secretary of the Treasury. This was a very good selection. Geithner has a good working relationship with Ben Bernanke — they are said to be constantly on the phone with each other and to share similar approaches towards Fed policy in addressing the recent economic turmoil. Geithner is smart, savvy and a hard | Read More »