When writing a database, performance is extremely important. Languages like C++ give you manual control of the computer's resources, which means you can count on predictable performance and memory management. Why is this important? All of your database code must be written with the performance characteristics of your data structures in mind. You need to know how long certain operations or memory swaps will take so that you can optimize data throughput.
While CL and Haskell can be extremely fast and even outperform C++ in certain situations, the lack of manual resource management makes them ill suited to writing a database system. There are few, if any, applications where this matters so much.
So what unpredictable performance characteristics do CL & Haskell exhibit, that languages like Java or Erlang do not?
Consider Neo4J, Cassandra, CouchDB, Riak, Voldemort, all major players in the current NoSQL world. All use Java & Erlang.
Just how much computation does your database need to do, unless it's some special in-memory database like Redis? If you have your data on ordinary disks, you'll spend most of the time waiting for them.
We can, theoretically. We just haven't yet developed algorithms that are clever enough to make the correct optimizations to code in enough of the cases where such optimizations are possible. There are patterns in our code that we humans can write out when we write our code in C++, but that we haven't yet formalized and implemented for the computer to do.
There really has. D 1.0 has 20 days of life left, and D 2.0 is really amazing. It has the C++ idea of "it's only there if you want it" but taken to an amazing degree. Yes, it's a little more verbose than most FP languages, but honestly, if you're interested in verbosity, go use J or Coke.
The thing I like about D is that there's no surprises, everything works the way you'd expect it to. You can guess at what code should look like, and chances are it'll work.
Can you detail, or point to background info? There've been type system debates between proponents of Haskell, ocaml, SML, scala, and F#, i've never seen a D to Haskell comparison, and I've never seen D mentioned as a "free theorems" language. Maybe in this vid: