Barack Obama’s White House Rural Council: Central Economic Planning For America’s Heartland
Barack Obama has issued a brand new executive order that establishes a White House Rural Council. This Rural Council has been given the task of developing “public-private partnerships” that will seek to bring the “economic prosperity” of our big cities to rural America. In other words, the U.S. government and the big corporations are going to team up to dominate the economies of our small towns and rural communities just like they dominate the economies of all of our big cities. So should those that live in rural America be excited about this? After all, the U.S. government and the big corporations have done such a great job of bringing “economic prosperity” to places like Detroit, Michigan and Camden, New Jersey. Won’t it be great to have the federal government come in and tell rural communities how they should be doing things?
The chair of the White House Rural Council will be Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack is a former governor of Iowa and a Democrat. Swing states like Iowa will be key in 2012, and so perhaps Obama is trying to show that he really cares for middle America.
But it is really hard to forget the remarks that Obama made about rural Americans during the 2008 campaign.
In particular, the following quote about the “bitterness” of those living in rural America got a lot of attention at the time….
“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Look, the vast majority of the people who live in rural America do not want to hear that they need to let go of their guns or their religion.