Thursday, September 11, 2014

Is our enemy's enemy really our friend?

"David Frum makes the very solid point that by attacking the Islamic State, we are helping the Iranian regime, the Assad regime in Syria, and Hezbollah. He points out that the Obama administration is ignoring this embarrassing situation, and hoping the American public doesn't notice it. Indeed, it is a pretty remarkable and revealing aspect of the Obama administration that apparently no one on that foreign-policy all-star team even thought about using the carrot of anti–Islamic State action as leverage against the Iranians.
Frum's whole argument opposing military action is almost persuasive . . . except for the detail that the Islamic State has killed Americans and has made clear its intent to kill more Americans.
The John Wayne-Ted Nugent-Toby Keith-Andrew Jackson-Early-Frank Miller-Batman-Papa Bear-Author-of-a-book-titled-Voting to Kill side of me says that whenever anybody anywhere in the world kills an American for being an American, we're obligated to rain hellfire down upon them, oftentimes in the form of a literal Hellfire missile.
But the 2014 version of me recognizes something the 2004 version didn't: If you openly broadcast that philosophy, a lot of people are going to kill Americans just because they want to fight the lone remaining superpower. Everybody wants to be the man who shot Liberty Valance. Every aspiring terrorist wants to be the one who punched the Great Satan and lived to tell the tale.
And let's face it, there are a lot of groups in this world that killed Americans and escaped much consequence. There were the barracks bombers of Lebanon. We hit Qaddafi, but only before Lockerbie, not after. The Iranians had a hand in Khobar Towers; we only exposed the names of their agents. We've caught one Benghazi attacker. Syria basically ran a superhighway for insurgents in Iraq, and the Iranians helped the insurgents, too. We still don't know who we can trust in Pakistan. (Perhaps America has taken vengeance in some covert manner, to be revealed to a future generation.)
You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask of the ol' Lone Ranger, and . . . well, you know."
National Review."
Why should we send American boys and girls to die for the Iranian regime, the Assad regime in Syria, and Hezbollah?  I did not listen to the President's speech, and Iraq has no strategic advantage for the United States, so we should keep our troops home.   If elected to Congress, I'd vote to keep the American troops out of ISIS or ISIL or whatever!  We've lost enough of our children in the Middle East.  Britain had the right idea, to bring home their troops from East of Suez, and we should do the same.  We don't have a dog in that fight, it's not our fight, and we should keep our troops at home.  Kenneth Stepp.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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September 10, 2014   



Dick Cheney Lectures Obama on Islamic State


Image: Dick Cheney Lectures Obama on Islamic State (Joshua Roberts/Reuters/Landov)

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He spent eight years bending the ear of George W. Bush. On Wednesday, former vice president Dick Cheney sought to advise another US leader, this time over how to contend with violent jihadists.
In a Washington speech, Cheney, an architect of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, criticized a "disengaged" President Barack Obama for his defensive posture in the face of extremist threats, including those posed by the Islamic State (IS).
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"While the president was claiming the tide of war was receding and core Al-Qaeda had been decimated, the threat was actually increasing," Cheney said at the American Enterprise Institute think tank where he received a standing ovation.
"From Iraq, Syria and Yemen, over to Pakistan, all the way down to Somalia and west to Nigeria -- in various places under various names -- a whole new wave of jihadists was on the rise."
Cheney has served four Republican presidents, and while conservatives applaud his hawkish national security positions, he is despised by many Democrats for his role in invading Iraq.
Speaking hours before Obama unveils his IS strategy, Cheney said the administration needed to take a stronger tack.
"We must move globally to get back on offense in the war on terror," he warned.
"Our president must understand we are at war and that we must do what it takes, for as long as it takes, to win," Cheney said, decrying the "decline of American military power" due to "irrational" budget cuts.
His advice to Obama on tackling IS?
"Immediately hit them in their sanctuaries, staging areas, command centers, and lines of communication wherever we find them."
That includes Syria, where the US administration has hesitated to get directly involved in that country's raging civil war.
And he stressed the importance of contributing US military trainers and special forces to the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces waging battle against IS.
The 73-year-old Republican was invited to address AEI on the eve of the anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Cheney was Bush's deputy at the time, and he was a prime backer of the Iraq war -- which Obama eventually ended in December 2011 by removing the last American troops.
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The Bush administration came under fire for its muscular post-9/11 policies, including opening the Guantanamo military prison, harsh interrogation practices like "waterboarding" which Obama equated with torture, and the creation of secret programs like sprawling phone and electronic surveillance.
Cheney routinely speaks out against the Obama administration, and on Tuesday he was invited to address the Republican caucus of the House of Representatives.

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Let's salute the wounded veterans.



'Isn't Losing An Eye Enough?' Battered Veterans Struggle To Restart Their Lives After War

by David Wood, for the Huffington Post


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Veterans Brian McPherson, Adele Loar and David Inbody (left to right) are part of a team training to climb Mount Whitney in September. (McPherson and Loar photos: Mike Herbener for Soldiers to Summits; Inbody photo: Didrik Johnck for Soldiers to Summits)
Looking at him today, you would never know that in January 2008, a massive explosion detonated by a suicide bomber outside Ramadi, Iraq, injured Brian McPherson, then a strapping 20-year-old infantryman. The blast killed another Marine and wounded three others.
McPherson was knocked unconscious and lost much of his hearing and memory. Both shoulders were wrenched out of alignment. Ignoring his blurred vision and headaches, however, McPherson went on fighting for weeks, completing his combat tour, before doctors finally called his military career to a halt.
Now 27, McPherson has been treated for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and received therapy to improve his speech, memory and muscle coordination, although his pain lingers. He is a wounded veteran -- but virtually indistinguishable from the other students at Ohio University, where he's working toward a degree in public health, eventually to help other vets.
You might not pick out Adele Loar, 44, as a wounded veteran either. She's a former Air Force counterintelligence agent who was injured when a bomb blast in February 2006 sent her armored Humvee crashing off a Baghdad overpass. Shrapnel tore through her shoulder, destroyed one eye and damaged the other, cut through her cheek and sliced across facial nerves. The concussion from the blast collapsed a lung. Convalescing months later, she suffered a blood clot in her kidney.
McPherson and Loar are among hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans returning to civilian life wounded but not obviously disabled. They are battered, struggling to adjust to injuries that are mostly invisible, permanent and life-altering.
Yet McPherson, Loar and 12 others have set themselves a physical and mental challenge: to climb California's Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states. Their push to the summit is planned for Sept. 11.
Approximately 15,000 veterans constitute the military's most severely injured, the major-limb amputees and the badly burned, who have rightly become a visible and honored part of the postwar landscape. Battered veterans like McPherson and Loar are different.
They are far more numerous, for one. The Department of Veterans Affairs reported last year that over 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are receiving compensation for some 4.7 million injuries -- an average of 6.6 wounds per person. These include 2 million cases of bone or muscle damage, 455,000 cases of hearing damage or loss, 400,000 cases of nerve damage and 100,000 genital injuries -- the harm inflicted by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Hundreds of thousands also suffer from strained backs, stiff knees, inflamed tendons, headaches, migraines and other ailments. Like the severely injured, many of these battered veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder and TBI as well.
Unlike those whose artificial limbs or deep scars are visible evidence of their sacrifice, however, the veterans walking around with less obvious injuries often find they must face medical and psychological issues without recognition.
After Loar was released in May 2006 from medical treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington, for example, she was assigned to appear at a ceremony with other wounded warriors. Afterward, she said, a general came forward and shook hands with each of the amputees. He ignored Loar. "He couldn't even tell I was wounded," she fumed. "Isn't losing an eye enough?"
For the severely wounded, returning home can lead to an embarrassment of attention. Politicians and celebrities fawn over them. Surgeons and nurses consider them rock stars. Nonprofits build them houses and donate handicap-equipped cars. And the military, after years of resistance, now honors whatever career path the severely wounded choose, even finding ways for them to stay on active duty if they so desire. The Army, for instance, has enabled some Special Forces soldiers with amputations to return to active duty and deploy overseas.
Not necessarily so for those who bear lesser wounds. While some have returned to active duty, Loar and others who have demonstrated they are physically and mentally capable of resuming their military duties have still been medically discharged from the service they cherished.
Such dismissal forces an abrupt and unanticipated shift from a familiar military culture into the civilian world. Even though they continue to receive medical care, retirement requires them to abandon long-held career plans. Starting anew demands an abundance of social skills and self-confidence, characteristics that wounded veterans with TBI and PTSD often lack.
That's why the four-month training regimen to climb Mount Whitney appealed to 14 wounded veterans. None of them has previous climbing experience. None plans to be a professional climber. But all of them are seeking a difficult goal to work toward and an encouraging team to help them reach the summit.
Scaling Mount Whitney, a granite tower jutting 10,000 feet from the California desert floor, is a metaphor for overcoming life's most difficult challenges, said Erik Weihenmayer.
Blind since age 13, Weihenmayer is a mountaineer who climbed Everest in 2001 and went on in 2005 to found No Barriers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people of all backgrounds overcome difficulties in their lives. One project of No Barriers, called Soldiers to Summits, has organized, trained and equipped the 14 wounded warriors to climb Mount Whitney, among several expeditions it has led for injured vets since it was launched in 2009.
"Things get in the way. We get discouraged. We're not living the life we feel we should be," Weihenmayer told The Huffington Post. "The idea is to take people who get shoved to the sidelines to where they're climbing, so they can serve and really live again."
"It's very scary," he said, "and very powerful."
That was starkly evident during the group's first training climb in May, when they set up base camp at 10,000 feet and then scaled Colorado's James Peak, climbing to just over 13,000 feet.
"When you see that wall of white in front of you, holy crap!" said Loar. "But to have everybody around you, other wounded vets, everyone so supportive, everyone high-fiving you -- you know you belong."
Finding that sense of belonging can be elusive for veterans, but it is a key element in handling the return from war. Life in the combat zone is strictly mission-oriented. Fear, loneliness, boredom, discomfort and pride are all intensely felt. Decisions can result in life or death. Friendships run deep. Laughter and tears are common. Combat troops may be world-class wise-guy complainers, but they also share a sense that their mission at some level is a noble one and that they fight together for a higher cause.
All that disappears when they separate from the military and come home. Civilian life can seem pointless and drab, without purpose. Their supporting network of comrades is missing. As they work to reorient their lives, battered veterans in particular can feel alone in crowds of civilians who don't know or care who they are or what they've done and don't notice what it's cost them.
"One of my big issues is going from a world where a life could end at any moment, and a lot of times it does, to this world of BS -- in a lot of ways, such a fake society," said David Inbody, 40, a member of the team training for Mount Whitney.
Serving in Afghanistan as a Texas National Guard lieutenant, Inbody was in an armored truck when it was blown up by an IED four years ago. The truck's design and armor saved his life, but Inbody lost his right foot and suffered damage to his left hip and lower back, as well as hearing loss and "other minor stuff that goes along with all that," he said. Today, Inbody walks without a trace of injury, yet the military forced him into retirement.
That ended his dream of a full military career, rising through the ranks to command ever-larger units. "I had big goals ahead of me," he said. "All of a sudden that got yanked away, a 90-degree turn in the road and you're going somewhere else."
While wondering what to do next, Inbody enjoyed being at home with his wife in College Station, Texas, and their two children, ages 7 and 9. But like a lot of hard-chargers who were attracted to military life, he began to itch for a challenge. "Something to motivate me to get up off the couch," he explained.
"I was looking to get my butt kicked ... and I got my butt kicked," he said after a day of practicing with crampons and ice axes on a steep, snowy slope during the first training climb in Colorado. Being with other veterans, with whom he shares combat experience, he felt like the shallowness of civilian life just dropped away. "Out here," he said, "there's no faking."
Since then, Inbody said, he has spent time at the gym, getting back in shape. "I see this climbing as a steppingstone. Mount Whitney is one goal along the way of me getting back to where I want to be physically and, as a result, mentally. Feeling physically and mentally strong, like I was when I was in Afghanistan."
For Adele Loar, the challenge of Mount Whitney was likewise a prod to get out of her house in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Leaving the hospital in 2006, she had felt raw and exposed as she tried to adjust to her prosthetic eye and brain injury.
"I was running into walls, couldn't remember conversations I'd just had, and for a long time it hurt to move my shoulder. Just constant reminders that you're not the person you used to be," she said. She also was grieving the loss of two friends in the same blast that injured her.
Loar said she begged to get her old job back as a counterintelligence agent. She aced the fitness tests, qualified with her weapon and passed an off-road, evasive driving course. Like Inbody, however, she was medically retired in 2010.
"My local commander said it outright: 'I would never deploy with a one-eyed agent.' I'm gonna say it was political," Loar said, adding without irony that being dismissed "blindsided me."
Restarting her life wasn't easy. Although her injuries are almost entirely invisible to others, she was extremely self-conscious about her difficulties with memory and balance and her prosthetic eye. As many other veterans have found, her PTSD can magnify her fear of strangers and strange situations.
"Being female and single and losing an eye, it was really awkward to go out and meet a guy," she said. "Right now I'm not that pretty girl anymore," she said. She built fences around her house to keep people away and stayed indoors with her two Australian cattle dogs.
Eventually, with the help of a VA therapist, she began making longer and longer forays from home. Then this past winter came the invitation to climb Mount Whitney. Cautiously, she signed up.
Brian McPherson had a different motivation. When he got off the plane in Denver for the first training climb, he was met by a USO representative who he said told him, "No offense, but you don't look like a wounded warrior. You don't look like there's anything wrong with you."
"I kind of laughed it off, you know. I get that a lot," said McPherson. "I said most of my wounds are invisible. I told him that a lot of vets come back with invisible wounds and are not willing to go to the VA and are still struggling to go ask for help. I want to advocate for them."
He's also motivated by the memory of his team leader, best friend and mentor, Lance Cpl. James Gluff, who was killed in the blast outside Ramadi that injured McPherson. McPherson took his death hard. During painful months of rehab at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he often would hear from "Big James" as he slept.
"This might sound strange, and I'm not a very religious man, but I feel he talks to me -- not very often, but he lets me know he wants me to do something bigger than myself and not sit in my house," McPherson said.
So after doctors cleared McPherson for vigorous exercise in 2010, he set out to ride a bike -- and suddenly realized that because of his brain injury and loss of memory, he couldn't remember how. He sneaked back to his room at Camp Lejeune's Wounded Warrior Barracks to study an online video of toddlers learning to ride bikes. He pushed himself hard and, a month later, entered a triathlon and took third place. More triathlons followed as he found relief from his chronic pain and headaches in grueling physical exertion.
Racing, he said, "has been my way of doing something for Big James. He wouldn't want me to dwell on his death but to live for him, and that's kind of what I'm doing."
Then one night this past January, Big James came to him again.
"He told me he wanted me to climb a mountain, and he wanted to see that view through my eyes," said McPherson. "I woke up and started searching for a mountain to climb, and a few days later, on the anniversary of his death, I stumbled upon Soldiers to Summits."
The climb up James Peak in May was the first of two team training sessions before the Mount Whitney summit attempt in September. Soldiers to Summits had solicited applications and, from the dozens who applied, selected 16 veterans who demonstrated physical and psychological stability, compatibility and a desire for challenge. (Two team members have since dropped out.)
Nonprofits have organized many similar programs to challenge veterans to overcome physical and mental barriers and find new skills and new confidence. Some use adaptive sports techniques to assist disabled vets to climb, ski and race bikes and to play ice hockey, wheelchair basketball and other sports. This Soldiers to Summits program doesn't require adaptive equipment, only determination. A second training session, a backpacking trip in August into Colorado's Collegiate Peaks, was grueling and revelatory.
"It's amazing what it's already done for my self-esteem," said Loar. Drawing strength from being a member of a close-knit team again, she has begun emerging from her self-isolation -- for instance, working out at the gym to increase her strength to carry a heavy pack up Mount Whitney. "It's built up my confidence, and as I get stronger, I am more confident, I'm more sociable, I'm getting out."
"I didn't date for years," she added. "And now I've been on a few dates."
The oldest member of the team is Bob "Diggs" Brown, 57, a retired Special Forces officer with PTSD and TBI from two tours in Afghanistan. Part of the benefit of the group climb, he said, is that "you're with other military folks with common backgrounds, so you are back in your comfort zone with a common goal in mind. Also, you're out in what I call God's cathedral, out in the mountains, so all your senses are firing, and that takes you from being stuck in the past right into the present."
"Plus, you're working your ass off," he chortled. "It's the best thing I've done in a long, long time."
Invigorated and inspired, the team paused after the first training climb to load gear into a van. A passer-by stepped around the piles of packs, ice axes, sleeping bags and boots and asked what was going on. A team of wounded warriors is training for a big climb, he was told.
"Do they also take normal people?" he inquired.
Without pause, Loar shot back, "And what the f**k are we?"
Veteran David Inbody described climbing Mount Whitney as "one goal along the way of me getting back to where I want to be physically and, as a result, mentally. Feeling physically and mentally strong, like I was when I was in Afghanistan." (Photo: Mike Herbener for Soldiers to Summits)

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Let's salute the wounded veterans.   They are normal folks, and I'd be proud to call any of them my friend.  Next time you go to the church or synagogue of your choice, read an article in a newspaper, watch a t.v. program, or cross state lines without having to get a visa stamped or an inspection, thank a veteran.  It's the veterans like these folk that kept us free.  If  elected to Congress KY-05, Kenneth Stepp (a U.S. Navy veteran 1968-1973) plans to be a friend to his fellow veterans, and help legislation favorable to them through Congress.  The V.A. can be improved, and with our help it will be.  Kenneth Stepp, member Vietnam Veterans of America, Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, and The American Legion.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

STEPP CAMPAIGNING AT THE TEAMSTERS' LABOR DAY PICNIC!

TWO DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES AT THE TEAMSTERS' PICNIC LABOR DAY.

ISIS

Kenneth S. Stepp Who died and made us the World's Policeman? ISIS is trying to goad us into war. That way, they can be the favorite of those who hate America while blood runs down the street. Just because those who hate America want to bleed us white in Northern Syria and Northern Iraq in a ground war, doesn't mean it is in America's best interest to join in an Asian War for Dictator Assad or for the Shiites. America should do what is in America's best interest. I support the President's foreign policy regarding ISIS. Also, if I were in Congress, I would introduce legislation making it a Federal Felony Crime to behead American journalists anywhere in the world, and let's bring such killers to America for trial.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SEE THE CANDIDATE ON CABLE TV!

U.S. Congressional Candidate Kenneth Stepp (Dem) wasl be a guest on the “TRUTH or POLITICS” show Monday, August 11th at 6:00pm.  Candidate Stepp was interviewed by our “TRUTH or POLITICS” host Darlene Price. Candidate Stepp is running against Hal Rogers. The show wasl broadcast live from the McCreary County Park Senior Citizens / Community Center.  All are welcome and admission is free. Radio Station “WHAY – 98.3fm” broadcasted the show live and MBR T.V. channel 2 filmed the show for later broadcasting as well.

Friday, August 08, 2014

UNLIKE HAL ROGERS, KENNETH STEPP IS A FRIEND OF THE WORKING PEOPLE AND OF LABOR UNIONS!

Hal Rogers Voting
Record Regarding Labor Unions

2014United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions14%
2013-2014International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions (House)0%
2013-2014International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Lifetime Scores (House)27%
2013American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score20%
2013American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions20%
2013International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions35%
2013International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions100%
2012American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions19%
2012American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score20%
2012International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions16%
2012Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions0%
2011-2012International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions (House)100%
2011-2012United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions0%
2011American Federation of Government Employees - Positions4%
2011American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions0%
2011American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score13%
2011American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions0%
2011International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions0%
2010American Federation of Government Employees - Positions0%
2010American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions0%
2010American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions0%
2010International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions25%
2010International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - House of Representatives Score50%
2009-2010Communications Workers of America - Positions11%
2009-2010International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions7%
2009-2010International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions100%
2009-2010National Farmers Union - Positions0%
2009-2010Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions3%
2009American Federation of Government Employees - Positions8%
2009American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score22%
2009American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions14%
2009American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions22%
2009International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions16%
2009International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions0%
2009Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions9%
2009United Auto Workers - Positions7%
2009Women Employed - Positions0%
2008American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions13%
2008American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Lifetime Score23%
2008American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Lifetime Score13%
2008American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions14%
2008Center for Worker Freedom - Positions78%
2008International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions0%
2008Latin America Working Group - Positions0%
2008Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions16%
2008Utility Workers Union of America - Positions0%
2007-2008International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions24%
2007-2008International Foodservice Distributors Association - Positions100%
2007-2008National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score75
2007-2008United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions13%
2007American Federation of Government Employees - Positions7%
2007American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions17%
2007American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions22%
2007Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers - Positions50%
2007Center for Worker Freedom - Positions81%
2007International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions16%
2007International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions20
2007Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions26%
2007United Auto Workers - Positions7%
2007Utility Workers Union of America - Positions40
2006American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions29%
2006American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions29%
2006International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions16%
2006International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions33%
2006Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions33%
2006Transportation Communications Union - Positions16%
2006United Auto Workers - Positions15%
2005-2006American Road and Transportation Builders Association - Positions66%
2005-2006International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions17%
2005-2006National Farmers Union - Positions0%
2005American Federation of Government Employees - Positions0%
2005American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions13%
2005American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions0%
2005International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions0%
2005International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions25%
2005Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions6%
2005Transportation Communications Union - Positions0%
2005United Auto Workers - Positions14%
2004American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions20%
2004American Postal Workers Union - Positions20%
2004Communications Workers of America - Positions0%
2004International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions0%
2004International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions0%
2004Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions14%
2004Transportation Communications Union - Positions11%
2004United Auto Workers - Positions6%
2003-2004American Federation of Government Employees - Positions8%
2003-2004American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions0%
2003-2004American Road and Transportation Builders Association - Positions100%
2003-2004Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers - Positions21%
2003-2004International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions17%
2003-2004National Farmers Union - Positions0%
2003American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions7%
2003American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions0%
2003Communications Workers of America - Positions0%
2003International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions0%
2003International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions12%
2003International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions22%
2003Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions0%
2003Transportation Communications Union - Positions29%
2003United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights7%
2002American Federation of Government Employees - Positions8%
2002American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions13%
2002American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions0%
2002Communications Workers of America - Positions25%
2002International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions0%
2002International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions25%
2002Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions0%
2002Transportation Communications Union - Positions0%
2002United Auto Workers - Positions0%
2001-2002American Postal Workers Union - Positions13%
2001-2002International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Positions38%
2001-2002National Farmers Union - Positions50%
2001American Federation of Government Employees - Positions7%
2001American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions17%
2001American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions10%
2001International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions22%
2001International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions60%
2001Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions33%
2001Transportation Communications Union - Positions43%
2001United Auto Workers - Positions15%
2001United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions25%
2000American Federation of Government Employees - Positions18%
2000American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions10%
2000American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions14%
2000Communications Workers of America - Positions13%
2000International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions40%
2000Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Positions14%
2000United Auto Workers - Positions7%
1999-2000National Farmers Union - Positions67%
1999American Federation of Government Employees - Positions10%
1999American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions7%
1999American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions0%
1999Communications Workers of America - Positions17%
1999International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions50%
1999International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions40%
1999Transportation Communications Union - Positions29%
1999United Auto Workers - Positions15%
1998American Federation of Government Employees - Positions14%
1998Communications Workers of America - Positions17%
1998International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - Positions40%
1998National Farmers Union - Positions67%
1998Transportation Communications Union - Positions25%
1998United Auto Workers - Positions18%
1997-1998International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions13%
1997American Federation of Government Employees - Positions36%
1997American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) - Positions0%
1997American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions25%
1997Communications Workers of America - Positions25%
1997National Farmers Union - Positions100%
1997United Auto Workers - Positions14%
1997United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions23%
1996American Federation of Government Employees - Positions10%
1996American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) - Positions8%
1996Communications Workers of America - Positions on Workplace Rights56%
1996National Farmers Union - Positions47%
1996United Auto Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights5%
1996United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions0%
1995International Brotherhood of Teamsters - Positions8%
1995National Farmers Union - Positions40%
1995Transportation Communications Union - Positions30%
1995United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights0%
1994National Farmers Union - Family Farm Advocacy Score67%
1994United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions25%
1993National Farmers Union - Positions67%
1993United Food & Commercial Workers - Positions on Workplace Rights38%
1991American Postal Workers Union - Positions29%
1989-1990National Federation of Federal Employees - Positions21%
1989International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers - Positions17%

HAL ROGERS' VOTING RECORD RATING ON EDUCATION!


33%

Hal
Rogers' Voting Record on Education

2014Population Connection - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014)0%
2013-2014National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions0%
2013American Library Association - Positions22%
2013National Education Association - Positions0%
2013National Education Association - Positions0%
2012American Library Association - Positions0%
2012National Education Association - Positions0%
2012National Education Association - Positions0%
2012The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association - Legislation Evaluation (House Only)1%
2011-2012American Association of University Women - Positions0
2011-2012American Security Council Foundation - Positions100%
2011-2012National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions0%
2011-2012The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association - Positions1%
2011American Library Association - Positions0%
2011American Security Council Foundation - Positions100%
2011National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions0%
2011National Education Association - Positions0%
2011National Education Association - Positions0%
2010American Library Association - Positions0%
2010American Security Council Foundation - Positions100%
2010Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Positions50%
2009-2010American Association of University Women - Positions0%
2009-2010National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions16%
2009-2010School Nutrition Association - Positions (House Only)0%
2009-2010The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association - Positions29%
2009American Association of University Women - Positions0%
2009American Library Association - Positions13%
2009American Security Council Foundation - Positions100%
2009National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession IssuesF
2009National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession IssuesF
2009Population Connection - Committee Votes Score0%
2009Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - U.S. House Score100%
2008American Library Association - Positions11%
2007-2008American Association of University Women - Positions50%
2007-2008American Security Council Foundation - Positions100%
2007-2008National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions35%
2007-2008National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession IssuesF
2007-2008National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession IssuesF
2007-2008School Nutrition Association - Positions0%
2007-2008The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association - Greek American Issues Score39%
2007American Association of University Women - Positions50
2007American Library Association - Positions10%
2007Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development - Positions25%
2007National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions12%
2007National Association of Elementary School Principals - Positions25%
2007National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession IssuesF
2007National Education Association - Positions on Public Education Teaching Profession IssuesF
2007Population Connection - Positions on Population Stabilization0%
2007Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Positions0%
2006National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions50%
2006Population Connection - Positions0%
2005-2006American Association of University Women - Positions30%
2005-2006National Education Association - Positions0%
2005-2006National Education Association - Positions0%
2005American Association of University Women - Positions33%
2005National Association for College Admission Counseling - Positions25%
2005National Association of Elementary School Principals - Positions0%
2005Population Connection - Positions0%
2005Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Positions50%
2003-2004American Association of University Women - Positions0%
2003-2004American Security Council Foundation - Positions100%
2003-2004National Education Association - Positions21%
2003-2004National Education Association - Positions21%
2003-2004National Parent Teacher Association - Positions0%
2003-2004National School Boards Association - Positions40%
2003-2004Population Connection - Positions0%
2003-2004School Nutrition Association - Positions33%
2003American Association of University Women - Positions0%
2003American Library Association - Positions100%
2003National Education Association - Positions17%
2003National Education Association - Positions17%
2003National School Boards Association - Positions20%
2003Population Connection - Positions0%
2002American Security Council Foundation - Positions75%
2002National Education Association - Positions0%
2002National Education Association - Positions0%
2002Population Connection - Positions11%
2001-2002American Association of University Women - Positions0%
2001-2002National Parent Teacher Association - Positions50%
2001American Association of University Women - Positions0%
2001National Education Association - Positions33%
2001National Education Association - Positions33%
2001Population Connection - Positions10%
2000National Education Association - Positions0%
2000National Education Association - Positions0%
2000Population Connection - Positions0%
1999-2000American Association of University Women - Positions0%
1999-2000Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions60%
1999-2000National Parent Teacher Association - Positions29%
1999American Association of University Women - Positions0%
1999National Education Association - Positions30%
1999National Education Association - Positions30%
1999Population Connection - Positions0%
1997-1998American Association of University Women - Positions0%
1997-1998Home School Legal Defense Association - Positions80%
1997-1998National Education Association - Positions38%
1997-1998National Education Association - Positions38%
1997-1998Population Connection - Positions0%
1997American Association of University Women - Positions0%
1997National Education Association - Positions57%
1997National Education Association - Positions57%
1997Population Connection - Positions0%
1996National Education Association - Positions0%
1996National Education Association - Positions0%
1996Population Connection - Positions0%
1995-1996American Association of University Women - Positions0%
1995-1996



United States Student Association - Positions0%