Originally Posted by aturnis
Well, in Des Moines and a lot of Western farm country, you get a lot of money, therefore Republicans. The majority of Iowa is TRULY blue collar middle class. I live in Cedar Rapids, it's a river town, so manufacturing was/is huge. Also, we've stayed strongly union here. While in crazy liberal Iowa City, union shops don't generally survive. We aren't backwoods religious freaks. Corporate farming, Monsanto and Monsanto State University (ISU), have really killed small farmers. The majority of us work in factories, trades or office buildings. Not many of us have bookoo bucks, except successful or sell out farmers and ceo's.
I don't live in Des Moines or even west of Des Moines, nor do I live less than 90 minutes from Cedar Rapids and it's that way HERE too.
The farms here, despite having started as small family outfits, are large corporate enterprises.
The problem is that the vast majority of jobs here are manufacturing and over the last 10 years they've lost a LOT of earning power.