Ah, America misses our President Barack Obama. What a fine time it was. No paid or unpaid hookers. No herding people down the deadly coronavirus pandemic chute–to hell. No tweets. What a golden silence compared to Donald Trump’s chaotic never-ending chatter. The Obama years were sweet, even though Republican legislators denied him his Supreme Court appointment and stuck a stick in the eye of so much his legislation.
As soon as Trump took office, he set off to demolish everything our dear president managed to accomplish in his eight years in office. The one pillar that Trump has not managed to crack is Obamacare, but he has his third conservative Supreme Court pick. That is the one Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is forcing through in an otherwise empty Congress aka stealing. The court will take up the Affordable Care Act on November 10.
Things we took for granted seem quaint now eating in a restaurant, going to college, filling out your Census form. Alas, Trump has managed with the help of some of his friends to take a weed whacker to all of those. The Census, too? Alas, even the Census.
So President Obama has come back from his early retirement to help America find her way in the dark, toxic cloud of Trumpism. Our 45th president urged up to “Complete the Census before it’s too late:”
‘Complete the Census before it’s too late—it determines the resources your community will get over the next decade, from funding for roads and Medicare to political representation. Take a few minutes before the deadline tomorrow: Call 844-330-2020 or visit my2020census.gov.’
Then, President Obama turned people to a really good article in Vox showing why people need to fill out our Census, why it matters:
‘This article is worth a read to learn more about why you should respond and what makes the 2020 Census different:’
Out of the blue, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told us that the collection of important information about the people who make up America will halt a whole month early. It seems he cannot manage to turn the information in by the end of the year. Sad, he is so feeble.
Activists, cities, counties, states, Native American tribes, and others filed a lawsuit against Ross’ decision. Knowing the accurate count gives them additional funding. When Donald Trump declared he would not include undocumented migrants, people worried and were less forthcoming. He was aiming for that. The Census also determines the actual representative map makeup. Kansas wants to gerrymander Representative Sharice David’s seat out of existence. She is only one of two Native Americans serving in the House.
Trump lost, so he took it to the Supreme Court and SCOTUS overturned the federal judges’ opinion. Trump could stop counting. This is just one of the many, many ways Republicans are trying to suppress voting. Most are illegal. Not this time, though. The man occasionally sitting in the Oval Office, the one determined to take down as many people with the coronavirus as possible, decided to make the deadline October 15. After that, no more door-to-door knocking. The internet option stays open until October 16 at 5:59 am (ET).
Steven Romalewski Director of the Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research at City University of New York Graduate Center and developer of the Hard to Count map said:
‘More self-response means better data, so more time for self-response is a good thing to extend the deadline. [It] also means the Bureau will stick to its Covid-19 timeframe for nonresponse follow-up, meaning the door-knocking enumeration won’t be rushed, and census takers will have the time they had planned on to be more thorough in reaching people in the hardest-to-count communities.’
‘It really did enormous damage to the trust that people need to have in the Census Bureau in order to participate.’
‘Once the population started to churn because of the pandemic, the Census Bureau faced an unprecedented challenge of trying to count people who have moved from where they could have been residing months ago.’
Terri Ann Lowenthal, former Staff Director of the House Census Oversight Subcommittee and census consultant said:
‘The census is the largest, most complex activity this nation conducts short of mobilizing for war. The census is the largest, most complex activity this nation conducts short of mobilizing for war.’
‘We’ve never had a pandemic like this; we’ve never had a political climate this bad. In some ways, it’s impressive that we’ve even gotten to this level..So despite the challenges, we still need to do better.’
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