Here's a circus joke for you - a guy comes to the tent looking for a job and the first question they ask him is, what’s your second act? Now the country is looking for a few new second acts. After the the metropolitan housing collapse, the Wall Street meltdown, and spreading manufacturing retreat — the nation is looking for a next way forward. Where rural fits in is our question. We can keep doing the same old thing, sell off our commodities, promote cheaper labor. Or we can try something different. Rural can help turn things around for everybody.
You can read more of Dee's essay on "Second Acts" at http://2011.ruralassembly.org/second-acts-lets-make-rural-america-part-solution.