[This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary that was broadcast on 4 March 2015.]
The rural counties of America are in economic doldrums. Whatever recovery that is enjoyed in the populated urban areas is not trickling down very fast to the less populated counties located in our mountains and deserts. Today the economies of these communities, that formerly included mining and timber industries along with robust farming and ranching enterprises, are suffering. Moreover, the damage to these regions has come not only from the national economic malaise, but is impacted even more by the relentless march of irrational environmental zealotry.
The regional sovereignty that these counties had in their own affairs is no more. In the nation’s statehouses the representatives of the populous urban centers rule, and they rule with little understanding or appreciation of the unique lifestyles and requirements for commerce and wealth creation in the less populated areas. No state is more afflicted with this syndrome than California.