Timothy Egan had a thoughtful and troubling essay in last Sunday’s “Week in Review” about the decline of rural America. The piece points out that most rural workers are no longer in agriculture, so the money that gets showered on agribusiness mostly misses the point. (Forget about the fact that giving money to landowners was never a good approach to helping rural workers.) Why not make assistance to enterprises conditional on location rather than industry, and make broadband access the new version of rural electrification? Sounds like good policy, and maybe even good politics. Let the Republicans have the Farm Bureau; try to make the Democrats the party of rural non-farm workers and entrepreneurs.