I cannot believe I read this correctly, but it appears that the federal government is going to stop producing the Statistical Abstract of the United States. Let me remind readers that data collection and presentation is one of the most effective aspects of your federal government. Furthermore, the costs of doing this are miniscule and provide an enormous public benefit, and not just because I am free-riding on the existence of such data. So, when the government is busy providing subsidies to mohair farmers, and spending billions on environmentally damaging and cost-ineffective “green energy” and cannot manage to stop the post office from existing ($5 billion+ in losses each year) they are seriously going to stop producing the Statistical Abstract, which costs us a whopping … $3 million per year. Yes, that’s right, $3 million.