WASHINGTON — When the top cheerleader for rural America has some harsh words for the people he represents, it might be time to take notice. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack delivered a dire warning to the 51 million farmers, ranchers and other residents inhabiting rural America before a farm group in Washington last month. His message: Rural Americans are becoming less relevant in the country´s increasingly urban landscape and unless they find a way to reverse the trend their voice will continue to fall on deaf ears in Washington and around the world.
Comments: The words would bear hearing if we didn´t already know what a dunce Vilsack is.
The growth in urban areas is due to the government paying women to have illegitimate kids.It has nothing to do with what goes on outside those boundaries. Urban America has little or no self funding apparatus,outside of corporate skyscrapers and corner restaurants, so they keep robbing suburbanites to finance their worry free lifestyles. Food supplies are already under threat from the ethanol obsession and gov´t subsidies which make that farming more lucrative than produce industry.
Rural birthrates are down because most of those people have to pay for their own kids. The urban growth rates have been boosted by illegal aliens not the usual suspects living in the city whose rates are flat lined.
UN Agenda 21---forced urbanization to save the sustainability of the planet. A worldwide plan to move the masses into the cities and then expand housing vertically instead of horizontally. George HW Bush signed America up for this so-called " new world order" and every President since then has taken steps to achieve the UN goal. It´s all there on the UN website.
If you want to have some fun, ask liberals to explain where food in the grocery store comes from. Believe it or not, most of them don´t have a clue about food processing. If it ever hits the fan, the cities will be emptied by people out looking for food. Until they run into the guns that is.
You know what? Living in rural America is harsh. Snowstorms, tornadoes, and electrical outages are common. And, it´s very expensive. There are few apartment complexes which wrap together many utilities and services into your rent. There´s no gov´t. subsidized transportation.
Farmers demand low property taxes, meaning there´s usually substandard schools, teachers, administrators, cops, roads, parks, etc. They block every new public good proposed. Good doctors and lawyers don´t want to live there, as the low pay creates an unacceptably low return-on-investment. Firemen and EMTs are partially-trained volunteers.
A high concentration of religious people who actually walk-the-walk expect their neighbors to behave with good morals, and provide the public shame upon those who don´t in big heaping helpings. There´s no work, welfare support is discouraged, many people live far below the poverty levels of their urban counterparts.
If you´re not a farmer, there are few cultural events or the arts, outside of county fairs and tractor pulls. The landscape is dull, unless you enjoy looking at the ugly, useless wind farms. No mountains, no beaches, few lakes.
Yes, it´s true, farmers are the salt of the Earth and we all need to eat. But, let´s not kid ourselves. Rural living is no picnic. Even the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas had cities. There must be something humans like about them.
Different people, different tastes, #8, but I cannot imagine living in an apartment or a densely populated neighborhood. Give me Texas´s wide open spaces. I can count the stars at night, I can smell clean air. I can put up with an occasional power outage.
#8...IU don´t know where you live but it isn´t like that in this part of the farm country. No, it isn´t utopia but not as bad as you painted. Schools here are fine, they TEACH subjects, once a year they put on a program to HONOR all Veterans and they sing and recite patriotic songs and writings such as the Pledge.
We have some of the finest Doctors here including many specialist. They just opened a new Surgical Trama center.
Disclaimer: Population for the whole county with one town is 25,000.
What he is saying vote democrat like farmers used to do. The supermarkets in those urban areas that vote democrat would run out of food in three days and the gangs will take what little is left. Those same urbanites who love Obama and I routinely see threatening Red State America have NO clue how vulnerable they are on the Survival ladder of life, no guns, dependent on Red State for Food, Energy, Mining and all the other natural resources, and many military veterans. The south was overcome by Northern Population and Industrial base, that is not true today. Obama is trying to goad us into something and he ain´t even been Inaugurated yet.
I am not sure where #8 lives but in my slice of heaven, waaaaaaay out in the middle of no where. The stars shine bright, taking a big deep breath of fresh air. Power outages? Generator or better yet just go off grid and do your own. Neighbors are neighborly and our volunteer fire dept is first rate trained by the Texas A&M Fire School..paid for by those of us here in the county who use their services. And yes rural America does matter because we are the ones who value and believe in the freedom , liberty and Constitution. We aren´t easy brainwashed and packed into the cities like cattle in a rail car. We will fight for what we believe in and yes we do cling to our bibles and our guns. We say yes sir and no sir, yes ma´am and no ma´am and mean it sincerely. We say grace, we know the Pledge by heart and know to put our hand over our heart when saying it. We are America, it´s foundation, it´s very heart. And this rancher doesn´t take anything from the federal govt except the crap it shoves at us. No hand outs, no subsidies...you will find most of that goes to big farm, big food and big pockets in Congress.
I think #8 needs to move. I wouldn´t live in a city if you payed me. We have better access to health care, better (less congested) roads, less crime, and a hell of a lot more guns. #14 s right. The very people with their grubby little hands out voting for their messiah will be the first to experience anarchy, hunger, and death if worst comes to worst.
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