Friday, February 13, 2009

Perceptive Analysis: "It's the DATA, Stupid!"

Here's something you haven't read.

As an analyst, one of the things that fascinates me about the latest Obama cabinet snafu is that it centers around data ownership. GOP Senator Judd Gregg had been nominated to head the Commerce Department, but withdrew his nomination yesterday over “irresolvable conflicts“, large among which was disagreement over management of the US Census. Although the Census has traditionally been run by the Commerce Department, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had indicated after Gregg’s nomination that the Census Bureau would be moved to report directly to senior White House officials.

Effectively, this would have created for Emanuel the largest political polling organization in the world — funded at government expense. Having influence into census methodologies, questions asked, and the priorities of census data analysts would not only give political operatives in the White House an incredible data edge of their opponents, it would also give them an inside edge on redrawing congressional districts as the result of the 2010 census.


Combine that with the "Final Solution" language which ALSO authorizes medical data-commonality/portability, and FBI files (like the 900+ which disappeared into HRC's White House bedroom)--not to mention all that can be gleaned from IRS... not to mention Homeland Security air-travel data...

HT: Darwin

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