The last American investigative journalist, James O’Keefe, didn’t let moss grow under his feet after the Feds’ case against him collapsed last week. O’Keefe went from busting up one criminal enterprise (ACORN) to looking into another (US Census bureaucracy).
On April 27, 2010, I got a job with the United States Census Bureau in New Jersey. With a hidden camera, I caught four Census supervisors encouraging enumerators to falsify information on their time sheets. Over the course of two days of training, I was paid for four hours of work I never did. I was told to take a 70 minute lunch break, was given an hour of travel time to drive 10 minutes, and was told to leave work at 3:30pm. I resigned prior to doing any data collection but confronted Census supervisors who assured me, “no one is going to be auditing that that level,” and “nobody is going to be questioning it except for you.” Another Census supervisor only said he’d adjust my pay after I gave him a letter recanting my hours.
Exposing corruption requires standing up to power, because power hates sunlight. We should have known they would try and ruin the reputations of those who try and expose them. But in response, we are going to build an army of citizen investigators. There’s hundreds more where I came from. You have awakened a sleeping giant. And you can’t ruin us all. In fact, in the coming months you will see this army expanding into every state, every statehouse, every city council, every school board, and everywhere people are conspiring to keep themselves in power, practice favoritism, or line their pockets with tax dollars.
James O’Keefe is doing the work that Thomas Paine & Edward R. Murrow would be proud of. Meantime, Katie Couric blames the Gores’ marital problems on…. wait for it…. George W. Bush. Priceless.
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Economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s.com projects the economy will add 575,000 jobs in May, while the Economic Policy Institute’s (EPI) rough projection is for 560,000 jobs.
Either figure would represent the largest number of jobs created in any month since the dot-com crash of 2000.
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser on Tuesday, touted what he said would be a positive report for Democrats, who are hoping a revitalized economy will help them in this fall’s elections. He said the May report would be “well beyond” the 290,000 jobs created in April, according to Reuters.
The numbers pose a problem for the administration, however, in terms of their reflection of economic growth.
Zandi expects that only 150,000 of the jobs created in May will come from the private sector, while 425,000 new jobs are sparked by the once-a-decade census.
Those jobs are temporary ones that will disappear as the Census completes the process of collecting data from people who did not mail in their forms.