"The 2010 census is in trouble again," warned the editorial page of The New York Times on March 25, 2008.

"At a recent Senate hearing, Census Bureau officials and outside experts warned that the bureau’s new hand-held computer system — nearly four years and $300 million in the making — is not up to the task of reliably counting millions of Americans. Congressional investigators recently put the census on their “high-risk list,” because of management and budget problems on top of the computer troubles."

The paper suggested that the real "danger now is that Congress and the White House will waste more time on politics, like blaming the hand-held mess on whoever asks for the extra money first," instead of providing the massive infusion of funding that will be needed to salvage a complete and accurate decennial headcount.

The census, the editorial said, is "too important to fall prey to politics and bureaucratic bungling."