'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
After the House voted this month to defund a major part of the U.S. Census Bureau, the agency is taking the threat very seriously, with its supporters in both business and government rallying to preserve the annual questionnaire.
Only two people voted for Danny Young in the 2005 Anamosa City Council race in Iowa. It was enough to win.
U.S. racial minorities accounted for roughly 85 percent of the nation's population growth over the past decade — one of the largest shares ever — with Hispanics accounting for much of the gain in many of the states picking up new House seats.
Mr. Groves told Congress earlier this year that this would amount to making the ACS voluntary, which would cut down on the number of people responding and make the survey's data far less reliable.
"Modern societies need current, detailed social and economic statistics. The U.S. is losing them," census director Robert M. Groves said in a video blog the bureau released as it stepped into politicking — an area it usually tries to avoid.