We already have to fly in planes designed by lawyers (metaphorically speaking). Now House Republicans want to remove the windows and instruments from the cockpit. This is stupid. Really stupid. I’ve used ACS data on numerous public and private sector consulting engagements. I’m perfectly willing to pay for the data, but I seriously doubt that the private sector will supply a substitute. Anyway, some basic free data is needed so that all citizens can participate intelligently in democracy. Lacking that, we’ll have to fly blind. Say, what’s a mountain goat doing up here in a cloud bank?