A Rural New Deal for the 21st Century
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) in partnership with the Rural Urban Bridge Initiative (RUBI) introduce the Rural New Deal, a ten pillar policy platform designed to reverse decades of economic decline, and cultivate long-term rural and small town prosperity and resilience through federal investment in bottom-up solutions.
Overall, things have not been going well these past 40+ years for the people, communities, and environment across the great geographic expanse of the United States. From the mass foreclosures on family farms during President Reagan’s first term, through the shuttering of tens of thousands of family-owned stores on Main Streets across the country in the ’90s, to the domination of U S agriculture by a handful of multinational corporations (i.e. monopolies) in the present – a pattern emerges: the productive capacity and hard-working people remain, but the profits go elsewhere.
In the first decades of the 21st century, the sense that rural and small town America is in crisis has become commonplace. New problems emerge, they go unaddressed, and become part of the landscape: homelessness, meth and opioid addiction, healthcare desserts, underfunded schools, declining life expectancy, on-and-on.
Equally familiar to anyone paying attention is that the Democratic Party has virtually evaporated across “Red State America.” The consequences of this are devastating, as the GOP’s small government/low tax orthodoxy deprives the people of the best instrument they have to reverse course, let alone provide relief. Of course, the dominant faction of the national Democratic Party, the “moderates,” still espouse market solutions to social problems, and do not propose ambitious programs commensurate with the scope of the problems in rural and small town America.
Fortunately, we Progressive Democrats are different. Today we announce our Rural New Deal program. Read the full document here.
The Ten Pillars of PDA and RUBI’s 21st Century Rural New Deal: