It is difficult to imagine a more foolish proposed legislative measure than the ill-named Census Reform Act, which states that the Census Bureau “may only conduct the decennial census of population.”

This bill would deprive policymakers, researchers, and ultimately the American public of critical information regarding virtually every area of public policy.

  • Law enforcement officials would be denied critical information regarding individuals' victimization from crime.
  • Public and private sectors would be deprived of critical information regarding local economic activities.
  • Health policy makers would be deprived of critical data regarding the ill and the uninsured. 

It is depressing that elected officials would promote such an ill-conceived measure. I take small comfort in the fact that this proposal would so harm American government and American businesses that it has only slim prospects of actual passage.