Both Republican and Democratic presidents have tried to reduce federal funds for rural housing. Bipartisan congressional resistance has prevented that from happening. The 2019 spending agreement did the same thing.Read More...
By Joe Belden
More than three-quarters of federal employees work outside Washington, D.C. The wages that aren’t flowing into rural and remote areas will do disproportionate harm to local economies.
Hollywood has shifted from portraying rural people as hicks and hayseeds to showing them as criminal kingpins and murderers. Joe Belden surveys the media landscape and finds rural settings to be frightening and violent.
At quick glance, rural America is a political sea of red. As usual, things aren't so simple — even in Texas.
A popular narrative in rural American is that you need to get to a big city as quickly as you can. But what would happen if we stayed in, or moved back to, the places we're from?
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has some great rural housing programs. If only the administration would support them and Congress would fund them.
Last year USDA-guaranteed loans helped inject new vitality into the flagging housing market. Now, potential buyers are waiting in limbo for the government to reopen, leaving their futures and the housing recovery up in the air.