Skip to comments.In Iowa, disappointment with Obama runs deep
Posted on 10/26/2012 7:35:36 PM PDT by NoobRep
In Iowa, a rural state of outsized political importance, retired nurse Pauline McAreavy is among thousands eager to vote against President Barack Obama after four years of disappointment.
McAreavy holds a personal grudge against the president that dates back to 2008, when she hosted Obama's supporters for three weeks in the Midwestern state that nurtured his improbable White House dreams.
She never got a thank you note for her small role in helping land Obama in the White House, but McAreavy's antagonism goes deeper, the product of broken promises and accumulated disillusion with the "hope" promised by the man who has billed himself an "adopted son" of Iowa.
"Obama gave us this 'no red, no blue state' America," said McAreavy, 78.
"I was fooled, I kick myself everyday," she said. "I said: 'In four years I'll get you buddy -- and I'm going to.'"
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Obama is a loser. Only someone who wants America to be a loser would vote for him.
Hell hath no fury...
If you add the word “again” to the end of your statement, I’ll agree with you. A lot of good people were duped by a slick talking lying radical in 2008 who pretended to be something very different than he really is. I don’t think that makes those people losers if they no see Obama as he truly is.
The people wake up and are pissed...
Went to college in Iowa and have relatives there- they tend to be somewhat naive and trusting, largely because they are mostly hardworking, honest and charitable folks who assume most everyone else is, too.
They don’t have a lot of crime, the churches sponsor immigrants pretty routinely, etc.
Got their butts burned in 2008, and are waking up.
In some ways I think Iowa is the most “American” state ... though perhaps Ohio is a more typical cross-section of the U.S. when you consider its combination of cities, suburbs, and rural areas.
IA is a predominately white state with a low percentage urban population. It’s odd that this state should still be so close.
Iowa has a lot of low-paying last-century manufacturing, lots of food processing employing illegals, lots of corporate farming looking for government handouts, and lots of social security recipients. Eastern Iowa has a heavier Catholic concentration. All will favor free stuff instead of freedom.
30 years of brain drain tends to do that.
Born and raised in Newton, Iowa, where Maytag used to be. Life there was pure Americana. Everyone worked, the town was affluent, and it was good times -—Care free times.
Now not so much.... Today Maytag is in Mexico, along with all of the jobs from Plant I, Plant II, Headquarters and R&D. Though they still maintain their Bleu Cheese factory there, or roughly 12 employees.
But all is not lost, Newton now has a prison and a racetrack. Not the days of old judging by the looks of some of the homes there today....
I am now in Ohio, since 1997. Don’t count Iowa out yet. Iowans are frugal, modest and well educated — they will not be slaves.
Iowa’s State Motto: Our Liberties We Prize, And Our Rights We Will Maintain.
In Iowa, Ms. McAreavy fears that the presidents health care plan will shortchange her Medicare benefits and mean infrequent mammogram examinations. She worries that his decision on Afghanistan will mean that her son, a member of the Iowa National Guard, will return to the battlefield. And she believes that too many of Mr. Obamas actions are rooted in Democratic politics.
All my Republican friends and independents are sitting back saying, Oh, what did we do? Ms. McAreavy said. Im not to that point yet, but a lot of people are.
“Got their butts burned in 2008, and are waking up.”
While the rest of us had to live with their decision to trust the liar.
I came back in 1997.
In Eastern Arkansas in the late 40s and early 50s people were going to Waterloo to work in the John Deere factory. Lots of guys worked there until they retired then moved back. My dad took us up there in 1951. I was 3 months old so naturally I don’t remember it. My brother and sisters used to tell how my mother sent my brother to school the first day without any shoes on. Hey, that’s the way it was in Arkansas farm country back then. I think we stayed about 3 months.
The problem with Iowa from a political perspective is that the traditional Iowan is being subsumed by others. Too many people here are now on welfare literally or in the sense that they derive income from sources depending on taxpayer largesse - and they can't shake the habit. All government school employees are recipients; all federal, state, county and city offices ditto; most of the general contractors, and all of the road/paving contractors (quarries included) likewise. A few producers are filling the troughs for a hell of a lot of of hogs, and the hogs have been community organized since the days of Harold Hughes to vote themselves the right to eat the producers.