[APG Public List] Census
Richard A. Pence
richardpence at pipeline.com
Fri Sep 25 19:46:30 MDT 2009
Ray, I suggest you erred in characterizing my assumption as "sloppy." On the
other hand, you nailed when you said you don't pretend to know all the
reasons - "and they may well be political." I have spent 40 years in
Washington, half of it as the editor of a political newsletter. Your
contention that those with a majority can will what they want doesn't fly.
"Ray Beere Johnson II" <raybeere at yahoo.com> wrote:
>On Fri, 9/25/09, Richard A. Pence <richardpence at pipeline.com> wrote:
>> Unfortunately, this is politically unacceptable to some - for the
>> undercounts usually are in urban areas and the over in more affluent
>> areas (two homes, etc.). The former vote Democrat and the latter
> Disclaimer: I am apolitical, at least in the sense that I view both
> parties as being two sides of the same coin. However, I do hate to let a
> clearly sloppy assumption pass. Doing so encourages bad research habits.
> If the quoted statement were true as it stands, the first time the
> Democrats had the power to do so, a statistical sampling would have been
> mandated by law. I don't pretend to know all the reasons - and they may
> well be political - but they must be more complex than this.
> Ray Beere Johnson II
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