Ezra Klein said something nice about city folk; agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack took offense. Ezra gave him a dialogue in rebuttal, which is interesting but I think Ezra let him off way too easy. Shorter Vilsack: farmers are "good and decent people"--thanks, we needed that. And, a new one on me: we need rural America because it is the generator of our military. I think it is a spurious argument at best, but I strongly suspect he doesn't even have the right correlation. Specifically, I suspect that the defining feature of whites in the military is that they're lineally Scots-Irish--a culture that has never met a weapon it didn't like.
The fact that many of them still live in a culture that can be described, however crudely, as "military" is more incident than cause [while I think of it, I wonder how much meth use correlates with "rural.' My instinct is "quite a bit, but I'm not sure].
Meanwhile the Ag Department seems to continue about the business of delivering, protecting and preserving farm "subsidies" for city folks who probably wouldn't recognize a farm except as seen from a low flying plane.