The US Commerce Department held some kind of roundtable yesterday and the results are in. These geniuses came up with the idea that all the statistical data from different US Federal government agencies should be consistent, common, cataloged in a single machine-readable format and accessible from a single platform.

It’s an idea that’s obvious, overdue and would be supported by virtually everyone except a handful of turf-protecting bureaucrats. It would create billions of dollars in more efficient allocation of capital and other resources.

The chance of it happening? About the same as the chance of the USA winning the World Cup.