Connections? Or: Is Bob Gone Crazy?
Big Daddy Bob: What’s that smell in this room? Didn’t you notice it, Brick? Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of con-spir-acy in this room?
Who knows, but I wouldn’t put it past the bastards.
Recently, from Stanley Kurtz we learned:
Today [08 July], HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced the finalization of the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule….
AFFH is easily one of President Obama’s most radical initiatives, on a par with Obamacare in its transformative potential. In effect, AFFH gives the federal government a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike, and weakening or casting aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities, from zoning to transportation to education. Not only the policy but the political implications are immense — at the presidential, congressional, state, and local levels.
From the New York Post, John Crudele reporting [FYI: he’s been investigating corruption at the Census Bureau for quite some time and has done a bang-up job of it], we learn [tip of the fedora to Instapundit]:
There’s something scary in Census Director John Thompson trying to secretly find someone to run the $13 billion 2020 decennial census — by using his personal e-mail because he wanted to hide the process.
There is something even more frightening in the blatant politics that were going on behind the scenes.
Candidate Eleven had the job all but sewed up. She was flown to Washington and her expenses were paid by Census, a courtesy that wasn’t accorded any of the other candidates. She even dined with senior Census officials.
Next to her name in an internal document the headhunter wrote, “hired. Start 1/1/2014.”
Then politics entered the picture.
Candidate Eleven still had to get through someone described as “a senior political appointee at the Department of Commerce.” There was no further identification except that the senior appointee was male, which leaves out Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
But suddenly Candidate Eleven’s prospects weren’t looking very good and, ultimately, she wasn’t hired. The job would eventually stay with someone who already worked at Census.
The senior appointee told the Office of Inspector General that he “meet(s) with lots of people that I’m constantly scoping out for possible positions.”
The head of the 2020 census, however, isn’t just any old position. The census that is conducted every 10 years is mandated by the US Constitution and is used to determine how our population has shifted.
And that determines where federal tax money will be allocated for roads and schools and such. And, most importantly, the 2020 census will determine how many representatives to the House each state will have.
It is so important, in fact, that the Democrats and Republicans fought for control over the 2010 census when President Obama first came to office.
So someone ought to find out what the hell “a senior political appointee at the Commerce Department” was doing getting involved in picking the person who will have so much control over something so politically important.
-That coming Constitutionally-mandated Census will be even more important now that the implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, it’s prospects for success, will depend on what racial and ethnic numbers appear on it. I suspect that it is the intention of The Jarrett Junto to use the 2020 Federal Census as a hammer to pound the AFFH into shape.
[As for the argument that it is likely The Jarrett Junto will no longer be in power in 2020…
1) there is no assurance that the Left will be not in control of the Executive Branch then – in fact, considering the dreadfully corrupt state of our voting system, it is rather likely they will, but even if they are not, it will not matter because…
2) no matter what Republican is in control of the day-to-day operations of the national government as President, (a) the Administrative State has a life of it’s own, separate from any elected head and (b) it would be a real surprise if any Republican President we have at that time will have the testicular fortitude to repeal the AFFH and depoliticize the Census Bureau.]
Am I crazy?
Should I, finally, go and get fitted for a tin-foil hat?