Is anyone really surprised that the proposed new Washington, DC baseball stadium could cost up to $174 million more than the $440 figure city leaders used to pitch the idea? What would be surprising is if the actual cost of a stadium, light rail project or any other trendy boondoggle came anywhere near its projected cost.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.