Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.orgTom Vilsack is a rurally focused individual. The Democrat is a former Iowa governor – who is currently the only Department of Agriculture Secretary President Barack Obama has had.

Vilsack is, of course, a partisan politician. He was a dark horse on the short list to be presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick. He wants Democrats to win elections.

And it was Donkey victories he last week discussed on former Obama political advisor David Axelrod’s podcast. According to Politico, Vilsack articulated that “Democrats must stop ignoring rural voters if they ever hope to erase severe deficits in those parts of the country.”

Vilsack is – more than a mite mistaken. At this point, rural voters would LOVE for Democrats to ignore them. Democrat ignorance of their existence would be a marked improvement. Because right now, what Democrats are doing – is destroying them. In particular – President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Ah yes – farmers. Of course, farmers are a very important subset of very important rural America. To which Vilsack paid additional lip service.

“‘The food we eat, the water we drink, the energy we use, a significant percentage of the military we rely on comes from rural America,’ Vilsack said. ‘Folks in rural America do not believe there is a recognition or appreciation on the part of Democrats for that contribution to the country.’”

No “recognition or appreciation,” Secretary Vilsack? That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is your Understatement of the Week. What this administration apparently has for farmers and their fellow rurals – is loathing and contempt. Embodied in an endless avalanche of regulatory assaults.

Thanks to EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, American Farmers Are a Newly Endangered Species

EPA Regulations Suffocating U.S. Agriculture

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EPA Funded Attack Ads Against Farmers

EPA Angers Farmers Again

Given this abysmal record, I don’t understand how ANY rural voter could vote Donkey. Republicans and rural voters – have a little more in common, to say the least.

For starters, Republicans would like the federal government to stop being an overt enemy to all things rural. Again, government stepping back to doing nothing would be a most welcome change.

And not just with regard to the cavalcade of new, anti-rural regulations. Rural voters want less government – all the way round.

Which means, for example, they want actually free trade: “Free trade deals reduce government….Less taxes and tariffs, less subsidies, less government-favoritism.”

Actually free, less-government-trade abroad – means we get to less government domestically too. Because we’re trading away pieces of domestic government inanity.

To wit: A longtime bane to conservatives’ existence – the Farm Bill. We can start with sugar:

“Florida Rep. Ted Yoho (has) put forth a resolution ‘expressing the sense of Congress that all direct and indirect subsidies that benefit the production or export of sugar by all major sugar producing and consuming countries should be eliminated.’…”

And we can take this free trade approach light years beyond just sugar – and light years beyond just subsidies. We free trade away more and more of the Farm Bill – and there will be less and less to renew.

And we can free trade away all sorts of additional government – tariffs, subsidies, regulations – that has nothing to do with farm stuffs.

Ted Yoho – is a Republican. Of the Republicans who are offering a less government approach – to farmers, rural voters, and everyone else.

After eight years of the Huge Government, anti-farmer, anti-rural Democrat Obama Administration. Which has resulted in less farms, less farmers, ever-more rural nightmares – and just about the worst economic recovery ever.

For which Party should farmers, rural voters, and everyone else vote?

It couldn’t be more obvious.

Sorry, Secretary Vilsack.

This first appeared in Red State.

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  1. steve blades

    no one should ever base their vote on a party but a candidate since its the parties that are the problem…

    but to answer which I would say that both parties have brought harm to not just rural communities but to the entire country…
    the smart thing to do is to declare both parties as terrorist organizations and banned from US soil and jail the leaders for treason…

    1. Kenny Sono

      Blades, you’re getting to be kind of a “cut up.”
      Have you heard of a rock group called the Beatles?
      No? They did a song a while back, about Revolution. You might want to listen to the words of that song.
      Answer to the article above is not necessary; we all already know everyone outside of every city in America are GOING to vote for Trump.
      Nobody can be sure Trump will be a good President. (Wait for it…….. WAIT for it……..):
      We all KNOW FOR CERTAIN Hillary will NOT be a good president; she will be an absolutely disaster / having nothing to do with her gender, little to do with her VERY dishonest (“former”) husband, and little to do with all the dirt on her combined actually. Hillary will be an absolutely horrible President (IF she were to win) because: She’s just another Puppet / just like Obama. There is no “There THERE” in her head / she’s just the sum total of about ten thousand things people have told her to say……think……..and do. She’s not real; she’s just a puppet.
      Trump is less than perfect. Hillary is less than REAL.
      YOU Mr. Blades, are not helping.

      1. steve blades

        kenny…WE know nothing of the kind…and neither do you…

        but why would you change the subject and make it about trump???

        but since you did explain how trumps amnesty is better than hilarys amnesty???

        your attempt to ignore this liar and thief and his flipping on the things that got him the nomination is just dishonest and ignorant at best

        but again I was talking about the parties and was 100% correct…

        and you claim as to who the rurals will vote for is just the delusions of a trump humper…ie ignorant fool

        so next time try and stay on topic

        1. Kenny Sono

          You say you want a revolution
          Well, you know
          We all want to change the world
          You tell me that it’s evolution
          Well, you know
          We all want to change the world
          But when you talk about destruction
          Don’t you know that you can count me out
          Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
          All right, all right

          You say you got a real solution
          Well, you know
          We’d all love to see the plan
          You ask me for a contribution
          Well, you know
          We’re doing what we can
          But when you want money
          For people with minds that hate
          All I can tell is brother you have to wait
          Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
          All right, all right
          Ah

          Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah…

          You say you’ll change the constitution
          Well, you know
          We all want to change your head
          You tell me it’s the institution
          Well, you know
          You better free you mind instead
          But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
          You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
          Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
          All right, all right
          All right, all right, all right
          All right, all right, all right

          1. Kenny Sono

            Sorry Steve, I thought it was fairly obvious.

            You said:
            “the smart thing to do is to declare both parties as terrorist organizations and banned from US soil and jail the leaders for treason…”
            and I responded with the words from the Beatles song, “Revolution.”
            Here it is in summary:

            You say you want a revolution
            Well, you know
            We all want to change the world
            You tell me that it’s evolution
            Well, you know
            We all want to change the world
            But when you talk about destruction
            Don’t you know that you can count me out

            You say you got a real solution
            Well, you know
            We’d all love to see the plan
            You ask me for a contribution
            Well, you know
            We’re doing what we can
            But when you want money
            For people with minds that hate
            All I can tell is brother you have to wait

            You say you’ll change the constitution
            Well, you know
            We all want to change your head
            You tell me it’s the institution
            Well, you know
            You better free you mind instead
            But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
            You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow