A high-ranking paper pusher just proved his chops as a man of action by firing a loud and ringing shot directly into the culture war.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the rural denizens of America that their concerns are becoming "less and less relevant," reports
. Citing the failure of the nation's typically popular (though not with economists
) farm bill to sail through Congress in an election year, Vilsack told a gathering of agricultural lobbyists in DC that it represents a weakening of their national influence.
"Rural America is becoming less and less relevant to the politics of this country," said Vilsack, who pointed out the rapid population declines in American's hinterlands. Vilsack also implored those in attendance to not only strive harder to convince the country's youth to take up careers in agriculture, but to embrace diversity, because it's an important concept to young people leaving rural counties.
"We need a proactive message, not a reactive message," urged the Secretary. "Spend our energy doing that, and I think we're going to have a lot of young people who want to be part of that future."
Via the AP