Tom Vilsack is a member of President Obama’s Cabinet and reflects the typical attitude of those who surround “THIS” President. But they may want to pause before disparaging the kitchen staff (rural America = bitter clingers), because that very same kitchen crew might just say “enough” and quit. Then, how you gonna eat?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It’s “becoming less and less relevant,” he says.
A month after an election that Democrats won even as rural parts of the country voted overwhelmingly Republican, the former Democratic governor of Iowa told farm belt leaders this past week that he’s frustrated with their internecine squabbles and says they need to be more strategic in picking their political fights.
“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.
(*snip*, the food supply can be overlooked? No, wrong wording Tom, it can be “taken for granted“…. and THAT is what’s currently taking place…… /SD)
“Why is it that we don’t have a farm bill?” Vilsack said. “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.” ( read more)
F*ck with the farmers, you’re gonna get hungry.