Did you even know there was Census swag? Neither did I. It seems as though some of it comes from overseas.
The feds spent millions to convince citizens that participating in the Census was as American as apple pie – but many of the T-shirts, hats, bags and other swag they handed out during the campaign were actually made overseas, the Herald has learned.
Boxes of freebies that landed in Boston as part of the federal government’s $42-million Census campaign included mini rubber footballs, toy robots, hats, T-shirts and tape measures made in China and Honduras.
“The only time it would be excusable for the federal government to spend taxpayer dollars overseas would be if we don’t make the items here in America,” said Tim Sullivan, legislative and communications director for the AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor union.
I tend to think people aren’t clamoring for their “Be Counted” gear – no matter where it was made.
It’s about time.
The US Census Bureau on Friday severed all ties with controversial community organizing group ACORN. The reason? The bureau said ACORN’s conduct and sour public image threatened to taint the bureau’s execution of the 2010 census.
In a letter to ACORN, first obtained by Fox News, the Census Bureau informed ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) President Maude Hurd that the group’s image has become too hot to handle.
The letter, from Census Director Robert Groves, told Hurd that ACORN’s reputation, marred by allegations of voter fraud and malfeasance, threatened bureau’s image and could discourage some from participating in the census.
“To that end, and in keeping with the standards we shared with your organization and others who volunteered to partner with the Census Bureau to help promote the 2010 Census, we are today terminating our Partnership Agreement with ACORN,” the letter said. (Read full letter below)
California Rep. Darrell Issa, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) praised the move.
What conduct you ask? The list is endless, but here are the two most recent outrages:
11 ACORN members in Miami-Dade County accused of falsifying hundreds of voter applications
ACORN officials videotaped telling ‘pimp’ and ‘prostitute’ how to lie to IRS
This corrupt group (which was represented by President Obama in the Illinois ‘Motor Voter’ case) should not get another red cent of taxpayer money. I say Joe Wilson’s first act of business on Monday should be drafting legislation that woukd block any federal stimulus money earmarked for ACORN and would force them to return any funds already received.