USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant
By MARY CLARE JALONICK
“It’s time for us to have an adult conversation with folks in rural America,” Vilsack said in a speech at a forum sponsored by the Farm Journal. “It’s time for a different thought process here, in my view.”
He said rural America’s biggest assets - the food supply, recreational areas and energy, for example - can be overlooked by people elsewhere as the U.S. population shifts more to cities, their suburbs and exurbs.
“Why is it that we don’t have a farm bill?” said Vilsack. “It isn’t just the differences of policy. It’s the fact that rural America with a shrinking population is becoming less and less relevant to the politics of this country, and we had better recognize that and we better begin to reverse it.”
SecAg Vilsack’s speech - what AP quotes of it - borders on jackassical until the very last line of what was quoted. I’d go a step further than he did. His Party, the D Party, sees farmers as enemies - oppressor-parasites (land owners and employers) and polluter-destroyers of nature. I wish I could say Rs are angelic in this, but they are merely significantly less awful. If SecAg Vilsack’s own party continues to use government to oppress farmers, farmers might not be able to vote the pol-oppressors out, but they might “shrug” in an attempt to starve them out - financially and nutritionally! When government leaves farmers with nothing to lose government gives farmers the freedom to “shrug”. So Vilsack better start his reeducation campaign within his own party.