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Feds miscounted 2020 census by 18.8 million people in latest math struggle

Published in Blog on March 17, 2022 by Silence Dogood

The Census Bureau has released estimates on the inaccuracies of its 2020 Census data -- and they're serious.

The overall population was reported to be 323.2 million with the original census results. However, a new analysis estimates the overall population was undercounted by 782,000, making the accurate U.S. population now 323.9 million.

In addition, the analysis found 18.8 million "omissions in the population."

In regards to demographics, whites and Asians were overcounted while blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans were undercounted.

We all know the federal government doesn't use generally accepted accounting principles to undercount the national debt. Now, it looks like they can't even count. 

Over and over again, we have seen just how bad the federal government is at doing its most basic duties. The American people can’t even expect their leaders to know basic addition and subtraction.

Counting has become especially hard in recent years when it comes to COVID infections, death rates and vaccination rates. And now that Americans know the census data was miscounted too, We the People should be even more skeptical about all data reported by the federal government.

The bureau claims the quality of the total population count was consistent with other recent censuses… but that in itself brings to light questions. Why are we directing billions of dollars in funding to an agency that consistently gets their data wrong?

“The 2020 Census undercounted many of the same population groups we have historically undercounted, and it overcounted others,” Director Robert L. Santos said.

In other words, they admit they have had problems with accurate data collection in the past, and yet they've been unable to fix their mistakes.

This is the problem with a growing government. The people inside it are never truly held accountable, so nothing ever is changed for the better. Expansion is their only solution when things go wrong. They think more staff will help, but this just creates more problems and a bigger government.

We need to rein in the government in Washington, D.C., before so many internal problems lead to the fall of our government.

Using Article V of the Constitution, we can put new measures in place that will stop the government from expanding even further by implementing budgets and term limits, and not just for elected officials. That way, the life-long staffers at the Census Bureau, the IRS, and all the other wasteful agencies won't have so much control over our lives.  

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Silence Dogood, who writes under Benjamin Franklin's famous pseudonym, is an intern with the Convention of States Project.

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