Preserving Rural Iowa
America has left rural America behind.
It started in the 1990’s when Washington signed trade deals that emptied our factories. It was made worst when the cities and suburbs were wired for the internet and rural America was forgotten. It will get worse when urban America gets 5G and rural America is told to wait.
Little wonder that rural America feels aggrieved by empty storefronts on town squares, closed factories that used to pay a living wage, where many now live paycheck-to-paycheck in low-wage jobs that don’t offer health insurance.
America needs to preserve rural America.
High-speed internet is for every state and county in America, for the same reason that every state and county has electricity. To be told we have to live without the infrastructure provided by urban American is to be told that rural Americans are second-class citizens.
Rural America deserves access to affordable and accessible health care, doctors in every county, modern medical facilities, quality hospitals, and access to telemedicine technology.
Our farmers must be allowed to make a living—trade agreements and environmental policies that increase the value of corn, soybeans, hogs, and cattle, and the opportunity to profit from biofuels, wind, solar, and carbon credits. The time has also come to abolish the death tax on family farms or we’ll someday see the day when there are none left.