Statisticians are scientists, too

February 11th, 2009

President Obama is against politicians trying to influence scientific debates unless, viagra canada prostate apparently, viagra that science is being used to count the number of people in the country:

President Obama said in his inaugural address that he planned to “restore science to its rightful place” in government. That’s a worthy goal. But statisticians at the Commerce Department didn’t think it would mean having the director of next year’s Census report directly to the White House rather than to the Commerce secretary, as is customary. “There’s only one reason to have that high level of White House involvement,” a career professional at the Census Bureau tells me. “And it’s called politics, not science.”

Basically, the administration wants to make sure they control the determination of how many minorities there are in the county. But that should be a scientific determination, not a political one.

“The real issue is who directs the Census, the pros or the pols,” says Mr. Chapman. “You would think an administration that’s thumping its chest about respecting science would show a little respect for scientists in the statistical field.” He worries that a Census director reporting to a hyperpartisan such as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel increases the chances of a presidential order that would override the consensus of statisticians.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Vinny  |  February 11th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    What it shows is that the White House doesn’t trust the Republican it nominated as Commerce Secretary, which means that they should not have nominated him in the first place.

  • 2. Elliot  |  February 11th, 2009 at 2:04 pm


    Which, btw, is a little reminiscent of what’s going on with Hillary Clinton. Her role is being minimized by all the high-profile direct representatives President Obama has been appointing.

  • 3. grumps  |  February 11th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    On the other hand, isn’t it nice to have a government where someone is accountable to somebody?

  • 4. BobG  |  February 12th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Which government is that?

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