Obama Botches Census: How Will He Handle 17 Percent of U.S. Economy?

By John W. Lillpop

In a stark reminder of why government should not be in the health care business, the automobile business, the financial services business, the climate business, or any business for that matter, the inept Obama Administration is warning that the 2010 Census operations may be “at risk” until the last minute.

As reported at cnsnews.com, in part, (1):

“(CNSNews.com) – Information Technology (IT) problems will put the 2010 Census operations at risk “up to the last minute,” a top Commerce Department official told CNSNews.com. However, the official, whose department oversees the Census Bureau, has “a lot of confidence” that these problems will be fixed in time for the face-to-face interviews starting next month with individuals who did not fill out their census forms by mail.

“There’s always risks. I think there’ll be risks up to the last minute and it’s certainly the duty of the GAO [Government Accountability Office] and IG [Inspector General] to point that out, Dr. Nancy Potok, deputy under secretary for economic affairs at the Commerce Department, told CNSNews.com.

“The Census Bureau has been working 24-7, night and day to really alleviate those risks to make sure that the system’s in place that they need,” she said. “They’ve made great progress.”

”Potok explained that the IT problems largely concern the Census non-response follow-up (NRFU) operations. The NRFU is the Census’s largest operation since it involves tracking down and interviewing an estimated 50 million people in person who did not respond to the mailed census forms.”

With all due respect to Dr. Potok, working government bureaucrats 24/7 may be a huge part of the problem. My advise: Shut down the bloated government agency and hire private enterprise to do the job!

Besides problems with the Census, Obama’s government has botched “cash-for-clunkers,” the so-called stimulus trillion, the mortgage bailout for distressed home owners, and has made America look down right silly with the wrongheaded approach to GITMO closure and civilian trials for terrorists.

Remember, too, that this president was incapable of securing the 2016 Olympics games for Chicago despite a personal visit and speech in Copenhagen.

In fact, everything that Obama has touched since he took office has turned to Gold—Fool’s Gold, that is—and has been so poorly managed that one must seriously challenge the notion that government is the solution to anything-- except killing evil doers, which Obama is trying to botch as well.

ObamaCare: Another botched Obama program in YOUR future?

(1) http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/63698