So, how have those listening tours produced jobs and economic growth in rural communities? Let’s consider the facts.

Back in the summer of 2009, the unemployment rate was 9.5 percent. 

Today, the unemployment rate stands at 9.1 percent. 

Back then, there were three free trade agreements waiting for the green light from the Obama administration that would expand market access for American agricultural products.

Today, the President’s inaction on those trade agreements has cost rural America billions in lost sales and unnecessary tariffs. 

Back then, there was the threat of the EPA subjecting producers to burdensome regulations.

Today, that threat remains with the EPA trying to regulate everything from farm dust to crop protection tools at the risk of putting many farmers out of business.

So, whether it’s called a rural summit, a rural tour, or a rural council, those of us who live and work in rural America have heard it all before.

And, frankly, we’re not buying it. We’re still waiting on the President to deliver on jobs and economic growth.