"Innovation" is one of the all-purpose buzzwords. But as a commenter on a blog of that name notes, it is not necessarily a blessing: "[The] problem is that the ability of tax software to handle the intricacies of outrageously complicated tax laws has allowed for an explosion in outrageously complicated tax laws."
This is a general problem. The ability of the computer to keep track of things means that governments are finding more things that need to be kept track of, and are able to invent more intrusive and inefficient sets of rules, such as Sarbanes Oxley or McCain Feingold.
A little more of this trend toward super efficiency and we will never get anything done. How about some denovation -- getting rid of stupid innovations.