GOING DARK: House puts an end to the American Community Survey

The first question that came to mind when I heard about the House vote was-why?  We've come to expect the unexpected from the right-tilting House.  There are the obvious answers: brandishing Tea Party credentials in preparation for the November election; right to privacy concerns; and the old stand-by of the targeted program not having an organized constituency.  

An article in the Daily Kos  offers more explanations.  Some of them not so obvious when you consider that even the Heritage Foundation  and the Cato Institute support the American Community Survey.

"Last Wednesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives took the budget axe to the American Community Survey (ACS), the Census Bureau's up-to-date annual counterpart to the decennial population counts.  The vote came as an amendment to the 2012/2013 appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, and was passed on a 232-190, mostly-party-line vote (10 Republicans voted no, 4 Democrats voted yes).

The bill also eliminates the Economic Census, the nation's official five-year measure of American business and the economy."

Excerpt from Daily Kos article by Annie Jo. Click here to read the complete article.

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