I live in Los Angeles County, and just moved here this year from New York City. I regularly visit the San Francisco Bay area as well as San Diego where I have children living as well as business interests. These areas all share in common a largely affluent and highly educated population. They also all have terrible traffic problems. As I sat in some traffic recently my mind drifted again, as it does too often, at the terrible incompetence of government and how we citizens demand virtually nothing of our leaders. In election season we fall for a few platitudes about change or growth and like complete morons we run to support this politician or that one, never insisting upon hearing real concrete goals and demanding upon hearing concrete action steps that will be taken to improve our lives.