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Show Us the Data, Congress

Data alone won’t end Washington’s dysfunction, but it’s a good place to start.
More of these, please.

More of these, please.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The so-called Cromnibus monster that finally emerged from the back rooms of Congress last night prompted screams from liberals and conservatives alike, not to mention anyone with a passing interest in good government. It has something for everyone to dislike, which is the nature of bipartisan compromise. Left out of the final $1.1 trillion hash, however, was an exceedingly (almost embarrassingly) modest bipartisan proposal that could maybe -- just maybe -- make future budgets a bit more rational.

A Democrat and a Republican, Senator Patty Murray of Washington and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, have proposed legislation establishing an evidence-based policy commission. Wait: Isn’t Congress supposed to make policy based on evidence? Well, yes. But it doesn’t. (See Cromnibus, above.)