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Government Uses ACORN to Track Your House with GPS

This is one of those times when you wonder if the mainstream media is worth even a lick.  I learned on WND yesterday that for the 2010 census they’ll be getting the GPS coordinates for every residence in America.  This process has apparently begun.  It is difficult to conceive of legitimate uses for such a database and very easy to conceive of abusive ones.

Since I hadn’t heard anything about it from my local media or even on national stations, I did a quick google.  Almost nothing.  The only thing was something out of NPR which says that tracking your house with GPS was being planned already a few years back.  That’s it.  It amazes me that this sort of Big Brother move arouses no interest in the mainstream press.

I think the GPS tracking is an extremely bad idea from a liberty point of view.  If we take the Census assurances that the information is completely confidential there are still several worrisome angles to this.  (And who believes it will be confidential?) 

Worrisome point one:  The Obama Administration has moved to take direct oversight in the census this time around.

Worrisome point two:  The census will make no distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.  Funding and districting could be skewed.

Worrisome point three:  Acorn has been contracted out to help with the 2010 census.

Good grief.  One doesn’t have to guess as to what political party these moves will benefit.  I said before that funding and districting could be skewed if no distinction is made between legal and illegal immigrants.  With Rahm Emmanuel in charge I think it is safe to say it will be skewed and with Acorn doing the counting, no illegal immigrant will go uncounted.

This still leaves us wondering what on earth the Census Bureau needs with the GPS coordinates of every residence in the country.  But don’t worry, folks.  I’m sure Obama and Rahm will be able to come up with something- and never fear- it will be strictly nonpartisan!

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  1. Hi. Several misconceptions here. First, more news organizations than you found published articles about the GPS mapping of front doors. Including CBS, NY Times.
    Second, ACORN won’t be helping do the census, it will encourage people to apply for census jobs. Any applicant will have to score high enough on civil service exam to make the cut. Those hired will be strictly warned about severe penalties for not rendering an honest count.
    Illegal immigrants have always been a part of the count from the beginning. (Constitutional mandate.) Many are missed because they fear they’ll be identified and deported. Also, no slam dunk that counting illegals will help Ds. A Connecticut study found that California’s seats from illegals could be offset by extra seats for Texas, Arizona and Florida. That’s only half of the equation; states that will lose seats due to illegals count are nearly all in the mostly-Democratic Rust Belt. So a slight advantage COULD go to the GOP; no one can know till the census figures are totalled.
    Bottom line: Chicken Little, the sky ain’t falling.

    • Anthony on May 12, 2009 at 4:01 pm
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    Thanks for the comment, Jerry.

    “First, more news organizations than you found published articles about the GPS mapping of front doors. Including CBS, NY Times.”

    That’s not really a misconception, is it?

    “Second, ACORN won’t be helping do the census, it will encourage people to apply for census jobs.”

    lol. Yea, ok….

    The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States source

    Any ideas on how and in what ways ACORN is going to help find these 1.4 million temporary workers? You don’t think perhaps they’re going to tap their own base? Really, Jerry. Come on.

    “Any applicant will have to score high enough on civil service exam to make the cut.”

    So?

    “Those hired will be strictly warned about severe penalties for not rendering an honest count.”

    lol that’ll work. There are severe penalties already for tampering with elections.

    Where’s the misconception? You do know what ACORN is, right? You do know what they do, right? You do know their record and reputation, right?

    “Illegal immigrants have always been a part of the count from the beginning.”

    That’s fair enough. I didn’t clarify the point there. Yes, illegals must be counted. And we can be quite sure ACORN will get them all!

    “A Connecticut study found”

    And a link to this study is forthcoming, I suppose?

    “that California’s seats from illegals could be offset by extra seats for Texas, Arizona and Florida.”

    Hmmmmm. And who will be in charge of the redistricting lines, I wonder?

    “So a slight advantage COULD go to the GOP; no one can know till the census figures are totalled.”

    Oh, I don’t think we need to wait for that.

    “Bottom line: Chicken Little, the sky ain’t falling.”

    There isn’t a single thing that you said that changes the situation. Are you going to sit there and tell me that ACORN (who also received money in the stimulus bill) is nonpartisan? That it is trustworthy? That there is no concern that ACORN will do what it takes to get the outcome they desire? In all of the convictions that have taken place against ACORN members, have any of the incidents reflected a situation where conservatives benefited?

    You’re living in a dream world, my friend, if you think that an ACORN heavy census staff isn’t going to do what it can to increase Democrat control in this country. And I mean that quite cordially. 🙂

    And to top it off, Rahm Emmanuel is “working closely” with the census. Gee, why would anyone wonder if something nefarious was afoot?

  2. Well, let’s see, Anthony.
    Point well taken about my mentioning only the name Connecticut for the study regarding who might benefit from the census. But a top-of-his-game Internet researcher could have found the referenced study anyway by using only a few keywords on Google. So I’ll give you this much additional: University of Connecticut study.
    Also, Homeland Security and Pew Hispanic Center figures show some red states in good position to benefit from counting illegal aliens. Again, a good Internet researcher can tap Google with a few well-chosen keywords …

    You say ACORN-heavy census, but provide no actual proof that the census is likely to be ACORN-heavy. First of all, I don’t think ACORN could tap its base to provide anywhere near the numbers necessary to approach a major fraction of next year’s total temporary Census workforce. 1.4 million is A LOT of people, amigo.
    With hundreds of other census partners now, and thousands eventually, just how many census workers do you will be employed thanks to ACORN? How many people across the country are connected to ACORN? Real numbers, please.

    In regards to voter registration violations, ACORN resembles more \The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight\ (title of a funny picaresque novel by Jimmy Breslin) than a disciplined, highly effective Mafia clone. At least from the articles I’ve seen, ACORN’s voter registration problems stem from hiring people off the streets for $8 an hour, with little quality control and backround checks. For that, it deserves to be censured. But it does no good to overestimate its capabilities.

    The type of people who committed the violations in Washington State and Nevada very likely wouldn’t score high enough on the civil service exam to get hired. C’mon, registering the Dallas Cowboys roster and Mickey Mouse takes a lot of brainpower? And is calculated to evade discovery?

    With the poor economy we have, I would suggest that many rather intelligent retirees whose nest eggs have turned rotten, mid-career adults who have been downsized, and university graduates facing the worst job market in years for entry-level career-track jobs, will provide an ample pool of qualified census canvassers. Those hired will be subjected to FBI background checks and double finger-printing.

    Is ACORN partisan? Of course. I never said otherwise. Trustworthy? No, because it can’t get its act together.
    I’m not sure that incompetence isn’t a greater explainer of ACORN’s legal woes than is corruption.

    You laugh at my mention that census enumerators will be warned about the penalities that await those who fail to render honest counts. Perhaps I should have stressed the high likelihood of getting caught cheating.

    The key to an honest and accurate census count will lie with the career civil servants in charge of the temporary workers. You and many others seem to imply that the enumerators in the field will be able to record just anything they please, with no one being the wiser. Since career civil servants are a diverse lot politically, and whistle-blower protection statutes are on the books, I think that the career people will take enough pride in their work, and will feel secure enough, to ride herd on any would-be malefactors.

    The enumerators who gather the information door to door will have their work checked by their field supervisors, and sampled by quality control officials whose identity the enumerators and their supervisors won’t even know. At least, this is how it worked in the address verification stage.
    I would further bet that the enumerators’ original findings will become permanent records, so that anyone up the chain who changes anything will have to sign his/her name to such changes, and justify reasons for doing so. And any such changes will be subject to review by other career census officials, and by Congress, I expect.

    So I still insist that a front-line census enumerator who tries to cook the books does so at great personal risk.

    Now then. To my point that several red border states stand to gain from the counting of illegal immigrants, you ask who would do the redistricting. In Florida, Texas, Arizona and Georgia, verly likely Republican legislatures, with Republican governors looking over their shoulders, will carry out the task. In California, a Democratic legislature and either a Democratic or a Republican governor, will do it.

    To sum up, Anthony, for such a vast left-wing conspiracy as you envision to work, career civil servants throughout the country would have to be generally corrupt, cowardly and/or incompetent. And I don’t think that’s so. At least, no one has provided the slightest evidence that it is the case.

    Jerry Reed

  3. Oh, and Anthony, regarding the hand-held computers that map-spotted well over 100 million American homes: I take the word of the Bush administration’s Census Bureau that
    the mapspotting was to provide a maximally accurate database of addresses to mail census forms to, and to canvass those addresses that don’t mail back completed forms.
    It’s a matter of record that the hand-held computer contract was awarded in early 2006, and the HHCs were field-tested in fall 2007 to see how they would handle, among other chores, map-spotting using GPS technology for the purpose of providing accurate maps and lists of addresses.

    Jerry Reed

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