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This week on Banter, Michael Strain and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach joined the show to discuss the importance of the 2020 census and the challenges to its implementation, including a lack of funding and a controversial proposal to include a question on US citizenship. Dr. Strain is the John G. Searle Scholar and director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, he worked in the Center for Economic Studies at the US Census Bureau. Dr. Schanzenbach serves as director of the Institute for Policy Research and is a faculty fellow and the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Drs. Strain and Schanzenbach contributed to a 2017 report, “In Order That They May Rest Their Argument on Facts: the Vital Role of Government-Collected Data,” and participated in a public event at AEI this week on the significance of the 2020 Census. You can watch the full event video and read the report at the links below.
All this last week I have been playing tag with a lady from the Census Bureau who kept coming by while I was at work and who didn’t return when my son or wife said I would be home. Last night (Friday) she finally caught up with me. Just what I wanted at 6:30 in […]
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It was September 2012. Unemployment had been over 8% since Obama had taken office. “I don’t know much,” my neighbor said to me, “But I know this: The unemployment rate next month will be 7.9%.”
In the event, the reported rate was a much-heralded 7.8%, undermining Romney’s message that the country needed a better steward of the economy, and giving Obama a boost going into the November election. Outside of the MSM echo-chamber, however, skeptics noted anomalies in the data. The anomalies suggested inaccuracy at best, malfeasance at worst. Even Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE, tweeted, “Unbelievable jobs numbers…these Chicago guys will do anything…can’t debate so change numbers.” The skeptics were vindicated a year later when John Crudele of the New York Post uncovered that the Census Bureau had, in fact, faked the data.