I came upon this rant/essay via R-bloggers. Beyond the fact that Zed (love that name) has a background fairly close to mine, is an R afficionado, and is willing to call the Emperor naked, one could substitute "RDBMS" for "statistics" in his piece. It would then read like a few of those which have appeared in this endeavor.
I really should send the link along to some of those folks in Washington I've chatted with over the last few weeks. Nah. They wouldn't get the joke.
Of particular relevance:
"It's pretty simple: If you want to measure something, then don't measure other shit. Wow, what a revelation."