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What the Biggest Swing County in Iowa Says About 2020

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To find this article, google 'Both Trump and Obama won big in Howard County. While the president is likely to win such small, rural places again, the size of his margins could be crucial.'

Otherwise, if you press the button provided here, you will reach a subscription page. Sorry about this sinuous path. 

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WSJ offers an in-depth portrait of a county in Iowa that swung from supporting Obama for two terms to supporting Trump in 2016. It's alarming that the impeachment proceedings haven't swayed some decisions to go for Trump this November; others are undecided. But free higher education and health care doesn't phase them because they believe they will raise taxes.

Ethics in government doesn't enter in. Why not?

Photographs and video for this [WSJ] article provided by Daniel Acker for The Wall Street Journal. 'We've got jobs we can't fill..' 

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It would seem likely that a county that got part of a 15 $billion bailout would support Trump. Also, much like the county I live in people believe that the President is a decent and honorable man simply by virtue of being the President.

Submitted on Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 at 5:56:25 PM

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Thanks for your comment.

I wonder what they pay for health care.

Too bad they don't value education, though farming is an admirable skill in itself. Trump loves "uneducated people," he said.

We're busy trying to clean up our election system in all of its aspects before November. So often the total of people eliminated unfairly from voting exceeds the difference between winner and loser of an election. Yet if corruption persists, as it alas most likely will, and Trump wins, he will declare a mandate and there go our entitlements, among many other rights of the "lower" classes.

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What a shame! Wall Street Journal charges or requires a subscription to read the article.


Marta, could I suggest that you slam together a summary of their article as your article which according to Rob Kall can have up to 500 words of the WSJ article?


I am a volunteer journalist/art dealer working on Bernie's editorial page prospects about 5 hours a day, and I flat refuse to pay for any articles (except for an occasional contribution to OpEdNews, of course!).

As to the central premise, I am certain the Venerable Wall Street Journal's choice of counties is blatantly flawed:

In 2017, Howard County had 9228 people, but Polk County (Des Moines) had 217,521. Cedar Rapids is second largest city and then come Iowa City, Johnson County, the home of the University of Iowa.

Why wouldn't the Wall Street Journal look at those counties? To cast their momentum away from Bernie Sanders, of course, or so it was seem to me. That is what they have ALWAYS done, so nothing new there....

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Stephen,

I don't subscribe to WSJ so was also surprised to be provided the entire article. I thought perhaps their policy had changed. I'm not here to sell scrips for them. Sorry!

It would be a good idea for you to write an LTE to them with your thoughts!

Thank you!

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Thank you. Well, what about my suggestion to you to do up the whole text? At this point it matters less, the Register having endorsed Warren, for what relatively shallow reasons, to boot. like "she used to be a Republican, back when...."

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Stephen,


I tried to provide a route to the article, which emphasizes that there are many such small counties in the country that together wield a large impact on election outcomes. I got to the entire article easily, to my surprise. I put up this information yesterday but somehow it didn't reach this page. Just google "Both Trump and Obama won big in Howard County. While the president is likely to win such small, rural places again, the size of his margins could be crucial. ... 'We've got jobs we can't fill.'"

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I too refuse to pay for what will amount to propaganda and will typically contain disinformation pertaining to what is "good" for me. Being these are usually capitalist organizations they will usually let me know that things like universal health-care, more affordable medicines, eliminating student debt, and all are not good for the economy as they cost too much.

At the same time, they will tell us it is better to give Venezuela over $600 Million, of which $128 Million goes to the illegitimate "President" our government has been propping up (he hasn't won any election and received zero votes in a recent one for the lead in his own party) for his expenses. This, while cutting the food stamp program that serves our own citizens.

Wait! That same capitalist organization will most likely not mention the money going to the fake leader but will focus on programs that benefit our own citizens.

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Dennis,


Every once in a while WSJ comes up with a good feature. See my response to Stephen above for how to get to this one. The writer's point is that there are many counties like this in the country that together can swing an election. The inhabitants are mostly not too well educated and believe that whatever health care and educational benefits provided will be offset by increased taxes. I'm not advocating for WSJ per se and don't read it often.

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I can't find a way to see the article without a WSJ subscription. But I do have a comment on the question "Ethics in government doesn't enter in. Why not?".

This is an issue that goes far beyond Trump and likely is simply a reflection of the general suspicion that all politicians lie and are opportunists. In Canada's recent federal election, many Liberal supporters who were turned off by Trudeau's obvious ethical lapses nevertheless voted Liberal, because they thought other parties' leaders weren't much better.

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"lesser of too evil" mentality, a great argument for getting rid of the duocracy of Elephants vs. donkeys. See my instructions above to Stephen Fox for how I easily got to the article. Sorry for the trouble.

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Googling "Both Trump and Obama won big in Howard County. While the president is likely to win such small, rural places again, the size of his margins could be crucial. ... 'We've got jobs we can't fill.'" just gets me this page. Maybe being in Canada complicates it for me.


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Dare I to copy-paste? It's printed in white but will. I tried it. Unfortunately I'm about to have minor surgery so am not home, but maybe one of the people who successfully retrieved it can paste it into an email message for you.

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