AS WITH everything that really counts in Washington, the eye-glazing debate over statistical corrections to the 1990 census was mostly about power and money. More specifically: your money and other people's power over your money. It's too important an issue to be settled solely by politicians.
When Congress doles out some $59 billion annually for Head Start, social services, nutrition, homeless aid and many other programs, the main determinant of how much cash comes to states is the census.
And if the census is wrong about these little details? Tough.
That is why passions run high over the small decimal places in the census' decimal tallies.
The principle -- that undercounted minorities and immigrants deserve better attention from the enumerators and grant makers -- warrants a thorough hearing.