Census Bureau Boondoggle – American Thinker. – May 25, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker. Blog

Government is promoting itself as capable of overseeing the health care of 300 million American citizens.  Yet, when following up on 68% of unreturned census forms, from America’s 105 million households, the incompetent federal bureaucracy sent out sex offenders to ring doorbells.

That’s right, a registered sex offender was set loose in the Garden State and children, susceptible women and teenage girls were opening the door for a representative from the federal government, by way of the Sex Offenders Registry.

Frank Kuni, a sexual predator from the state of New Jersey “used an alias to get a job as a census taker” and due to the shoddy screening procedure of another government agency, Frank was given a badge, a clipboard and a list of residences occupied by lots of defenseless little girls.

Using an alias, Kuni passed a preliminary background check and completed four days of training. He visited several residences in Pennsauken … including the home of a woman who recognized him from the state’s sex offender Internet registry and called police.

In a separate case in Indiana, volunteer census worker Daniel Miller “allegedly raped and beat a 21-year-old physically handicapped woman after returning to her home in the middle of the night following an interview earlier in the day.”

Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala) said, “It is inconceivable that the Census Bureau could be so poorly managed as to hire a convicted sex offender to go door-to-door to collect personal information.” Shelby, in a letter to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, “Clearly, Mr. Secretary, your guidelines are not working.”

According to Shelby, “The Census Bureau spent $2.5 million on a Super Bowl advertisement, to encourage participation in the Census to open their doors to Census workers.”

The 2010 Census web page says, “Welcome your census worker. Open your door to our future.”  The website presents the following question, “Do I have to talk to the census taker? Yes. Your participation in the 2010 Census is vital and required by law, (Section 221, of Title 13 of the U.S. Code).”

Is it still against the law to deny entry to a census worker recently released from the local penitentiary?

Based on government encouragement, doors swung open in New Jersey and were kicked open in Indiana. Shelby wrote, “What is even more objectionable is that it does not appear from public statements…that the Census Bureau admits fault or even acknowledges that their screening procedures are not working.”

The Census Bureau must take cues from the eternally unfaultable Barack Obama.

Actually, Frank Kuni may have been the logical choice to approach neighborhood folk.  Especially if the sex offender presented himself, at the interview, as a people person, someone who enjoys all kinds of people — perfect for door-to-door canvassing.

Based on similar criteria, the federal government might have found a workable formula for employing the previously unemployable.

Paroled embezzlers and bank robbers could be given jobs in the financial district. People with eating disorders could be short order cooks and IV drug abusers phlebotomists. No one can locate a vein like a heroin addict.

All kidding aside, loosing convicted sex offenders to roam free in neighborhoods, scoping out homes and potential victims is unconscionable.  The only reason Kuni was apprehended was because an alert citizen did what the government failed to do, recognize a criminal from an Internet registry.

Richard Shelby said the government’s “lack of adequate oversight is unacceptable.” Agreed, but one can’t help but wonder what the Alabama Senator will say, six months after health care is instituted, when its revealed ACORN workers have been busy doing appendectomies.

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