Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

This season we give thanks for all that we have. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!  Kenneth Stepp.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bring back the 50 State Democratic Strategy!

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There’s no point sugarcoating it—this was a Republican wave. The GOP won control of the U.S. Senate, elected new governors in big blue states, and washed out Democratic majorities in state legislatures from New Hampshire to Nevada.

We need to rebuild the Democratic Party from the bottom up. We need a new 50-State Strategy.

After George Bush’s re-election in 2004, Howard Dean’s 50-State Strategy led Democrats to enormous wins in 2006 and 2008. The strategy invested heavily in state parties and reached out to engage Democrats no matter where they lived.

Bringing back the 50-State Strategy and rebuilding the Democratic Party should be the DNC’s top priority.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Saturday, November 08, 2014

THANK YOU.

Well, Folks, STEPP FOR CONGRESS only got 47,000 plus a few votes this election, so I won't be going to Congress in Washington any time soon.  We did carry Elliott County, also.  Thank you for all who voted for STEPP FOR CONGRESS.   Thank you to all the people who voted for STEPP FOR CONGRESS, the Democratic Party, the Democratic Womens Club, the Democratic Women's Club of Floyd County, and the Teamsters Local 651 for all the help that you gave STEPP FOR CONGRESS.   We did a lot of campaigning and got a lot of votes.  Thank you, and you all have my best wishes.
Kenneth S. Stepp.

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED VETERANS!

RECENTLY, THE AMERICAN LEGION MAGAZINE RAN AN ARTICLE ON "AMERICA'S MOST BELOVED VETERANS".  THE NAMES OF THOSE TEN VETERANS ARE:
1.  AUDIE MURPHY.
2.  GEORGE WASHINGTON.
3.  THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
4.  ALVIN YORK.
5.  GEORGE PATTON.
6.  DWIGHT EISENHOWER.
7.  NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF.
8.  ROBERT E. LEE.
9  JIMMY DOOLITTLE.
10.  ULYSSES S. GRANT.
      NEXT TIME YOU GO TO THE CHURCH, OR SYNAGOGUE, OR MOSQUE, OR SHRINE, OR TEMPLE OF YOUR CHOICE--OR JUST STAY HOME ON A WEEKEND MORNING, THANK A VETERAN.  NEXT TIME YOU SHOW UP AT A PUBLIC MEETING, THANK A VETERAN.  NEXT TIME YOU GET IN YOUR CAR AND DRIVE FOR MILES TO VISIT A FRIEND OR RELATIVE, WITHOUT HAVING TO GET PERMISSION FROM A GOVERNMENT OFFICE, THANK A VETERAN.  THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE, THAT'S WHERE WE LIVE--THANKS TO VETERANS LIKE AUDIE MURPHY, GEORGE WASHINGTON, THEODORE ROOSEVELT, ALVIN YORK, GEORGE PATTON, DWIGHT EISENHOWER, NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF, ROBERT E. LEE, JIMMY DOOLITTLE, AND ULYSSES S. GRANT.

THIS TIME VOTE FOR ALISON AND STEPP, TOO!



"From Secret McConnell Audio, 12 Destructive Things a GOP Senate Would Do



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MITCH MCCONNELL
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If Republicans take the Senate next month (and if he wins his own reelection race), Mitch McConnell will be that body's next Majority Leader. Then what happens?
McConnell's been frank about what the GOP would do with the Senate -- at least when he thinks nobody's listening. This quote comes from audio, obtained by Undercurrent's Lauren Windsor, of a talk McConnell gave to a Koch Brothers group in August:
"Most things in the Senate require 60 (votes) ... but not the budget. So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. What does that mean?
"... No money can be spent to do this or do that. We're going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board ..."
McConnell attacked the Dodd/Frank financial reform bill in further audio obtained by this week by Windsor, calling it "Obamacare for banks."
McConnell said he would "definitely" defund the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, calling it "the biggest part of the Dodd/Frank bill."
But then, that's been his position all along. Senate Republicans refused to accept anyone's nomination to lead the CFPB when it was formed. Said McConnell at the time: "We're simply not going to ... confirm him or anybody else to this agency that shouldn't exist in its current form."
Last year McConnell remarked, "If I had my way, we wouldn't have the [CFPB] at all."
The course of action McConnell lays out in these audio clips would:
1. Expose Americans to toxic threats, and make additional disasters like the BP oil spill more likely.
Cuts in EPA funding are intended to meet the GOP's stated goal of deregulating high-polluting industries like those of the Koch brothers themselves. That would lead to more fracking, more poisons in the groundwater, a higher risk of water-supply crises like the one recently experienced in West Virginia, increased air pollution...
The result? A sicker population which is at greater risk of environmental disaster.
2. Deprive millions of American of health insurance.
The Affordable Care Act isn't perfect. But it has extended health insurance to millions of Americans, both through the exchanges and through Medicaid extensions at the state level (excepting those states where Republican governors have refused to accept Federal funds for that purpose).
Denying funding for the law would, in all likelihood, close down the exchanges and end the Medicaid program. That would lead to thousands of additional deaths like that of Charlene Dill, a young working mother in Florida. (We discussed her death and related topics with Rep. Alan Grayson here).
In addition, millions of Americans would lose their exchange-based health insurance under a Republican Senate, including people who have pre-existing conditions or are under 26 years old.
3. Ensure that money that financial institutions obtain dishonestly -- money like the $4.6 billion the CFPB has already returned to consumers -- would remain in the banks' pockets from now on.
The CFPB reports that it arranged the return of $4.6 billion in improperly obtained fees in its first three years of operation. The money was distributed to 15 million customers. In addition, more than three quarters of a million customers will receive remediation from financial institutions (that is, they'll be made whole) as a result of the CFPB's actions.
These actions will stop under a McConnell-led Senate, according to the senator himself.
4. Give a green light for credit-card companies to resume the "deceptive marketing practices" and other abuses that the CFPB has red-flagged.
In its very first enforcement action the CFPB ordered giant credit-card company Capitol One to repay $150 million to ripped-off customers, as well as $60 million to regulators, after the CFPB and another agency identified dishonest marketing practices that resulted in people being saddled with costly and ineffective add-on services they didn't want or need.
Since then a total of three major credit card companies (American Express and Discover are the others) have returned a total of $425 million. Interventions like this would end under a GOP Senate, according to McConnell, and credit-card companies would be free to resume their past deceptive practices.
5. Make credit-card agreements and mortgage documents harder to understand.
The CFPB's rule require credit-card companies and mortgage lenders to write their agreements in plain English. That will end if McConnell has his way.
The end result? Mortgage agreements that are impossible to understand, with provisions that could lead to foreclosure and/or prove financially ruinous to borrowers.
6. Make it harder to shop for student loans.
Defunding the CFPB would put an end to rules which make it easier for students and their families to comparison-shop for student loans.
The student-loan ombudsman's office, which reviews complaints about student loans, would also be shut down.
7. Decrease oversight of credit bureaus.
That would mean, among other things, that it would become harder for you to obtain your own credit report or correct misinformation on your credit record.
8. Close down the CFPB complaint database.
Consumers can now complain to the CFPB whenever they feel they have been cheated, abused, or misled by financial institutions. The CFPB tracks these complaints and intervenes with lenders where appropriate to resolve problems.
That would end, according to McConnell, under a Republican Senate.
9. Increase racial discrimination in auto loans.
The CFPB has been active in monitoring racial discrimination in auto lending, through its review of the business practice of the "indirect lenders" who underwrite these loans. That would stop.
The remediation which has occurred under this program would also end if the Republican Senate and House act as McConnell indicates they would.
10. Protect "too big to fail" banks.
Although Mitch McConnell claims otherwise, defunding Dodd/Frank would be a boon for too-big-to-fail banks. While he claims the law benefits them, the evidence suggests otherwise. As Mike Konczal observes in The New Republic, banks would pursue that designation if it were advantageous to them. Instead they're making every effort to avoid the label.
11. Help shady derivatives dealers
While more needs to be done, the Dodd/Frank law was a definite improvement over the status quo. Konczal also offers a good overview of its other useful features, most of which would cease to exist if McConnell and the Republicans make good on their threats.
12. Allow more sneaky dealing in mortgages
In Undercurrent's audio clips, McConnell seems to suggest that mortgage lenders didn't contribute to the 2008 financial crisis. This is nonsense. Fraud and excessive risk-taking were endemic throughout the mortgage financing system, from the underwriting of new loans to the bundling and selling of mortgages to third parties. That epidemic of fraud and risk-taking was central to the financial crisis, and to a massive loss of wealth for the American majority.
Americans were persuaded to take out loans without understanding their provisions, based on deceitful projections of their homes' future worth. Investors were deceived, too, as banks knowingly and deceptively bundled and sold junk-value mortgages as high-grade investments (with the collusion of the ratings "agencies").
"I have a friend who runs a mortgage business," McConnell says on the audio recording, "and he says the cost of writing a mortgage has gone up $1000 for him."
Underwriting a mortgage clearly takes more time and effort that generating reams of "liars' loans." Businesses would not rather bother, especially when it's more lucrative to cut corners. That's why they support politicians like Mitch McConnell -- and why the rest of shouldn't."


Have you had enough of the Republican conspiracies against you?   This time VOTE FOR ALISON AND STEPP, TOO!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quoting Hal Rogers.

 


“Kentucky is a small state, as they go. Kentucky is also a very poor state, as they go and we need all the help we can get out of the federal government. ” said Hal Rogers reported the Middlesboro Daily News.

Yes, most of the people are poor here after Hal Rogers and Mitch McConnell have been in office since 1981.  Why do poor people continue to elect Republicans like Hal Rogers and Mitch McConnell?  I can't figure it out.  What has the Republican Party done for poor people lately?  They tried to shut down food stamps (SNAP) but the Democrats put a stop to that, and the Republicans had to settle for cutting food stamp benefits.  Education benefits and Pell Grants have been cut.  Cutbacks have been in all welfare related programs since we have had Republican majorities.  Next time Elect More Democrats.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Well, now you should vote for Alison, then vote for Stepp.

"CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell embarks on a three-day bus tour of eastern Kentucky's coal country on Monday with the help of three Republican congressmen also seeking re-election in November.
McConnell will visit 15 counties in eastern Kentucky as he seeks re-election to a sixth term. He will be joined by Republican U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers, Andy Barr and Thomas Massie. McConnell has made coal a key part of his re-election campaign, saying it is the job of Kentucky U.S. Senator to protect coal jobs.
Eastern Kentucky has lost 7,000 coal mining jobs since Jan. 1, 2012.
Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes visited six eastern Kentucky counties on Saturday. Tuesday, she will campaign with former President Bill Clinton in western Kentucky."


Well, now you should vote for Alison, then vote for Stepp.