Urban Policy

The New York Times pleaded with the candidates in an op-ed yesterday to devote a little time to developing a real urban agenda:

By now, many Americans have heard the presidential candidates talk about issues close to the heart of rural America. They fell all over themselves to praise ethanol in Iowa and condemn nuclear storage in Nevada. But as important as rural problems are, they’re not nearly as big as the task of helping the nation’s struggling cities — where most Americans live or work. The cities have been the hardest hit as federal policies have failed or gone missing in education, housing, health care, jobs, transportation and environment, to name a few. Yet urban issues have gotten scant attention in this campaign.

Via Dana Goldstein, who provides me the opportunity to bring up my favorite Chris Matthews quote of all time:

I’m so sick of Southern guys with ranches running this country. I want a guy to run for President who doesn’t have a f**king — I’m sorry, a ranch.

Indeed.

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