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The recent fatal collision on Metrorail near Fort Totten (Washington, DC) highlights an ongoing problem. Given a choice between improving deteriorating, overwhelmed infrastructure and indulging ourselves, we have been choosing the latter. We would rather build trophy stadiums for the toy teams of the wealthy than maintain safe transportation for the public. However, this malady is not limited to this specific situation. We see these same bad choices affecting us in every aspect of our lives – from the severe challenges faced by American industry to the collapse of investment banking; and at the individual level, the sacrifice of prosperity for fool’s gold. It is time, at least in government focus, to emphasize the long term over the short term, and to serve the greatest good instead of the special interest.