The Republican Party has been promoting a series of policies that hurt residents of rural America very badly. While voters are more likely to vote Republican in farm communities and small towns than the national average, the Republican Party has been supporting a whole series of actions and policies that go against the interests of these voters.
High fuel prices are a much more difficult burden on citizens of rural America than for suburban and urban dwellers. Distances to stores, medical care, jobs, friends and family are much greater. Walking is seldom a viable option. Mass transit options, such as public buses or subways, just do not exist. Rural residents are forced to pay the high prices.
Farmers use vast amounts of fuel in the operation of their farms. Modern mechanized farming techniques are totally dependent on fossil fuels. The consumption of fuel is one of the main keys that make American farms so productive. Modern fertilizers require petroleum and are rising in price rapidly. American farmers are being squeezed by rising costs.
The federal Department of Agriculture has been pushing plans to close over 700 county agricultural offices as a cost cutting measure pushed by the Bush Administration. The total is roughly a full third of the total number of county offices in the entire United States. The services of these offices are vital to the economic well-being of many small farmer and farming communities.
While large Agri-Business corporations can do without the services of these county agricultural offices, the impact on small farms may prove severe. These offices help small farmers deal with tons of paperwork required by federal programs. They offer essential services and advice from soil testing to animal disease control. Eliminating these county agricultural offices will tend to foster the concentration of American agriculture under the increasing control of large impersonal corporations.
The priorities and policies of the current Republican Party are focused on serving the economic interests of Wall Street instead of small town Main Streets. The bias of Bush Republicanism is in favor of the very wealthiest of the wealthy. The vast majority of rural Americans are poor and middle class people. Republican policies are biased against these rural citizens. It is time for rural Americans to start voting for candidates who will support policies that benefit rural America instead of hurting rural America. It is time for rural Americans to turn their backs on Bush Republicanism.
Written by Stephen Crockett (co-host of Democratic Talk Radio http://www.democratictalkradio.com ). Mail: P.O. Box 283, Earleville, Maryland 21921. Phone: 443-907-2367. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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