Make Sioux County, Iowa More Like Honduras!
I wrote about the articulate Steve King, Republican Congressman from northwest Iowa a couple of weeks ago in Taki’s in a column whose title was drawn from an NYT article describing the talking heads’ response to one of his obviously true statements: “Frantic Yelling Ensued.”
Today, the NYT tries a different tack: rather than get into a debate with King, which they would probably lose, go to northwest Iowa and browbeat inarticulate locals into more or less agreeing with the Good People’s party line on King:
By TRIP GABRIEL MARCH 28, 2017
ORANGE CITY, Iowa — A year ago, Evan Wielenga, 40, believed — as does his congressman, Steve King — that undocumented immigrants should all be deported. They broke the law to enter the country. They spoke little English. They strained schools and public services.
He heard dairy farmers say they couldn’t get their cows milked without immigrants. “You can put an ad in the paper and you won’t get two white guys to apply,” said Mr. Wielenga, who grew up on a dairy farm himself. …
Mr. King, a Republican who has displayed a Confederate battle flag on his desk in Washington, shows no sign of budging in his views. His latest anti-immigrant tirade — “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” he said — once again drew wide condemnation and critical attention to Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District, whose voters overwhelmingly re-elected him to an eighth term in November.
In economist Raj Chetty’s 2015 study of the best counties to raise children for upward income mobility, Sioux County, Iowa ranked as the best county in the United States.
Again and again, voters brought up how much Mr. King’s district has changed since his election 15 years ago. Though still overwhelmingly white, it has absorbed a sizable population of Hispanics who have taken hard-to-fill jobs and opened small businesses in the empty storefronts of struggling towns. …
Mr. Wielenga, the agronomist, suggested that northwestern Iowa, with its proud Dutch heritage, may have grown too insular, too complacent, during Mr. King’s tenure in Congress. He called it a safe community and a great place to raise children.