Oh you pay taxes!
Orion's fold has nothing to do with politics but rather the incompetence of Daimler AG who ran their Orion brand straight into the ground. They felt the North American market wasn't so "competitive" for them and closed up. In a nutshell, they didn't lose much money getting rid of it if you really think about it. No loss to the Daimler brand in the mind of the executives.
Competitors exist weather you like it or not. Thats business. "Quality" and "Success" will never be perfect, at least not in the transit industry. Buses break down. Just like cars, trucks, trains, etc.. Thats what preventative maintenance is for, although it doesn't always rectify future problems. Public services will continue to see "crappy times" in North America. Its only going to get worse. Trust me.
Buses go out of service for various reasons. What "problems" does the D40LFR and Nova LFS have that concern you? I'm very curious.
If you want "that" image to change, contact your local city or town councillor. Thats the way it works in municipal government unfortunately.