We also know that many Republicans, for example, Trump, want to drastically cut the EPA's budget. So, it's more likely than not that rural areas (that supported Trump) will have to rely more and more on private sector financing - and that means higher interest rates, or higher utility bills, or more regressive taxation on the middle-class and poor, or all of the above. After all, CEO's and wealthy shareholders have to make their millions.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently came out with their new Infrastructure Report Card. America's drinking water infrastructure received a "D" letter grade and its wastewater infrastructure received a "D+" letter grade. Among other things, the ASCE noted that there are about a quarter-of-a-million water main breaks in the United States, every single year, and that "sewer overflows are a leading source of water pollution in the U.S." Given these facts, not to mention the problems we've had with lead-contaminated drinking water, why would the Trump administration propose cutting an infrastructure program to assist rural Americans? Could it be that Trump and other Republicans really don't give a crap about rural Americans? Nooooo.... couldn't be!
At a time when the richest 400 Americans are enjoying record wealth ($2.4 trillion and growing); and at a time when the Walmart heirs have more wealth that the bottom 40% of the population; and at a time when our nation's infrastructure is falling apart and poisoning our children, shouldn't federal programs to improve our infrastructure be enhanced rather than eliminated? Especially when more and more Americans are having trouble affording their utility bills, and are being nickel-and-dimed left and right with increasing taxes, tolls, fees, and fines at the state & local level?
All of the above is an example of how many (not all) rural Americans vote against their own economic and health interests by voting for Republicans. Of course, the corrupt Democratic Establishment isn't helping the matter by talking out of both sides of its mouth (i.e., trying to be champions of the middle-class while bowing down to corporate interests). You see, if the Democratic Establishment is going to be two-faced, then it's hard to make the case to rural Americans that, "hey, you should have voted for Hillary Clinton."
We need a New Deal for our infrastructure - not budget cuts, not "Third Way" Democrats, not trickle-down economics, and not "Make America Great Again" hats made in China or Vietnam. We need another, even stronger New Deal. Unfortunately, I don't suspect Americans will understand this any time soon. So, in the meantime, open up that wallet and pay more to your utility company... pay higher road & bridge tolls too... and pay some higher sales taxes... oh yeah, and pay a little more to register your vehicle... pay, pay, pay while the rich get richer and snicker at you. Yes, pay, pay, pay, it's the Republican way!