Fifteen years and millions of taxpayer dollars went into Maryland's ballistic "fingerprint" database -- a system the state wanted to use to help it solve crimes involving guns. It never worked, never solved a single crime, and is now being shut down:
It didn't get a lot of coverage in the press, but while no one was looking the federal debt jumped $339 billion in a single day:
U.S. national debt jumped $339 billion on Monday, the same day President Obama signed into law legislation suspending the debt ceiling.
Lots of politicians have plans to cut or even raise taxes. But how many of them have plans to edit the tax code? It's not an academic question, because according to the Tax Foundation, the U.S. tax code and tax regulations now total more than 10 million words: