Saturday, June 16, 2018

June 16, 2018


Mr. Bob Viney

406 Walnut Lane

Mason, Ohio  45040

Dear Bob:

Thank you for your letter to me of June 5, 2018.  I am the Democratic Candidate for the United States House of Representatives for the Kentucky Fifth District, having won the Democratic primary May 22, 2018.

          My background is somewhat similar to yours.  I am a member of the Viet Nam Veterans of America—although I never served in-country; a former Destroyer Escort officer and member of the D.E. Sailors Association, and a Cold War veteran.  I worked with Submariners while I was an Assistant Underwater Range Officer at the U.S. Navy Underwater Range in St. Croix, U.S.V.I.  After I resigned my Commission with the Navy, I became a lawyer, practicing in Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky. 

Country above Party sounds good, and I know no one who would run under the banner of “Party above Country.”

I agree with you that we need an “ACA Repair approach” and to keep the ACA in its improved condition, rather than terminating it.

I favor a pro-growth and pro-jobs economic policy.  I come from a family of economists.  My Father, Prof. James M. Stepp, Sr. taught Agricultural Economics for approx. 33 years at Clemson University in South Carolina.  He and his brother Hubert F. Stepp both held Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Virginia.    When I attended Clemson University for four years, I majored in Industrial Management with a Minor in Economics. 

I favor more access for all Americans to lower cost health care.   This is served by the ACA, but it needs amending to overcome defects in the program.

Concerning Medicare, I propose and would support, an amendment to the Medicare Act over a period of two years, reducing the age of eligibility for Medicare by two years.  That should have more public support than a sudden addition of eighty per cent of Americans to the Medicare program.

I favor increasing everyone’s income for the long term.  We don’t need class warfare here, we need to move everyone willing to work forward to a better future.

The Federal Government should spend more on American Education, whether in the form of scholarships, fellowships, or loans.  A nation’s spending on education determines sixty per cent of a nation’s personal gross domestic product.  Thus spending on education this year affects standards of living in America for the next fifty years.

The Roman Empire, around 382 A.D. (or A.C.E. if you prefer) conferred Roman citizenship on all the residents of the Roman Empire.  We don’t expect America to be forced into such a choice, but I agree that your statement that “immigration must be based on the needs of the country AND humanitarian needs of keeping families together”.  If the Army can be picky about their entrance of new members, so can U.S. Immigration.  We need to get younger, stronger, more healthy and better immigrants, all for a stronger America.   Keeping families together should be part of the American policy on immigration.  We should start having Congressional Hearings in January 2019, concerning the present defects in our current immigration program, and how best to improve it.  America should not be a dumping ground for the world’s unemployable, but we should give preference to people who appear capable of holding a job in our changing economy.  Preference in immigration should be statutorily given to people who have been legal residents of the United States, and also those who have served as members of the United States’ Armed Forces.

Thank you for your instructive letter concerning what should be the issues of the current national political campaign.  Hopefully the two parties of America will be more cooperative with each other after the 2018 elections.  

                                                              Yours truly,

                                                               /s/ Kenneth S. Stepp

                                                              Kenneth Stepp

                                                              former Lt. (Junior Grade) U.S. Navy


Thursday, June 14, 2018

A brief history of the Kentucky Seventh Congressional District

The Knott County Historical Society spokesman sent me an email about the dates Carl Perkins and Chris Perkins were Congressmen.  The following was lifted from Wikipedia concerning the Kentucky Seventh District and the history of it from March 4, 1813 until the most recent version of it was disbanded in 1993 as a result of the 1990 Census results:

Kentucky's 7th congressional district

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United States House of Representatives, Kentucky District 7 was a district of the United States Congress in Kentucky.
It was eliminated in 1993 when reapportionment reduced Kentucky's House representation from seven seats to six. The eastern Kentucky region formerly in the 7th District is now largely in the 5th District. The last Congressman to represent the 7th District was Chris Perkins, who succeeded his father, Carl D. Perkins.

List of representatives[edit]

District created
March 4, 1813
No image.svg Samuel McKee March 4, 1813 – March 3, 1817Redistricted from the 2nd district
Rep George Robertson cropped.jpg George Robertson March 4, 1817 – 1821Resigned before convening of Congress
John Speed Smith.jpg John S. Smith August 6, 1821 – March 3, 1823
No image.svg Thomas P. Moore March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829
No image.svg John Kincaid March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
JOHN ADAIR colour corrected.jpg John Adair March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833
Benjamin Hardin.jpg Benjamin Hardin March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
AR Pope John.jpg John Pope March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843
No image.svg William Thomasson March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
No image.svg Garnett Duncan March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849
HMarshall.jpg Humphrey Marshall March 4, 1849 – August 4, 1852Resigned after being appointed Minister to China
William Preston.jpg William Preston December 6, 1852 – March 3, 1855
HMarshall.jpg Humphrey Marshall March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Robert Mallory sitting cropped.jpg Robert Mallory March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863Redistricted to the 5th district
Brutus-J.-Clay.jpg Brutus J. Clay March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
GeorgeShanklin.jpg George S. Shanklin March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1867
James B. Beck - Brady-Handy.jpg James B. Beck March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1875
Jblackburn.jpg Joseph C. S. Blackburn March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1885
WCP Breckinridge cropped.jpg William C. P. Breckinridge March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1895
William-C.-Owens---US-Red-Book-(1896).jpg William C. Owens March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Evan-E.-Settle.jpg Evan E. Settle March 4, 1897 – November 16, 1899Died
No image.svg June W. Gayle January 15, 1900 – March 3, 1901
South Trimble - Harris Ewing.jpg South Trimble March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1907
No image.svg William P. Kimball March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1909
J. Campbell Cantrill - Harris Ewing2 cropped.jpg J. Campbell Cantrill March 4, 1909 – September 2, 1923Died
No image.svg Joseph W. Morris November 30, 1923 – March 3, 1925
Senator Virgil Chapman (1895-1951).jpg Virgil M. Chapman March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1929
No image.svg Robert E. L. Blackburn March 4, 1929 – March 3, 1931
Senator Virgil Chapman (1895-1951).jpg Virgil M. Chapman March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933Redistricted to the at-large district
District redistricted to at-large districtMarch 4, 1933
District re-established from at-large districtJanuary 3, 1935
Andrew J. May cropped.jpg Andrew J. May January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1947Redistricted from the at-large district
No image.svg Wendell H. Meade January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Carl D. Perkins.jpg Carl D. Perkins January 3, 1949 – August 3, 1984Died
Carl C. Perkins.jpg Chris Perkins November 6, 1984 – January 3, 1993
District eliminatedJanuary 3, 1993


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Graduation Day at CCHS in 2017

Let's Expand Medicare by reducing the age required to enter Medicare by two years.

      Medicare has been here since the sixties.
      Should  we expand it?
      Should we reduce it?
      Kenneth Stepp says expand it, by reducing the entrance age required for those who wish to participate in it by two years.  That would bring more people into Medicare.  We could assess the results and then decide whether to extend Medicare again.  The way Medicare works now, you can sign up for Medicare with free hospital coverage at a certain age.  If you want more coverage, such as supplemental insurance for doctor office visits, and for pharmacy expenses, you can get them.  If you want a more expensive doctor, you can pay him extra, above what you'd pay a Medicare doctor.  You still get many choices in Medicare, which I would not take away.  What's good for people over 67 is good for younger people too.
      Let's expand Medicare.
Kenneth Stepp. Candidate for Congress

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

American Foreign Policy Toward Russia.

         It's been about 26 years since the Soviet Union broke up.  The Constitution of the Soviet Union said that any Socialist Republic in the Soviet Union had the right to secede.  Finally, after seventy years of Communism, eleven of the twelve Soviet Socialist Republics had had enough, and seceded from the Soviet Union, leaving Russia, the physically largest member of the former Soviet Union.
        After the time of Yeltsin, the Russians now have former KGB Colonel Putin as their leader.  Premier Putin brags about his missiles that he has pointed at America and new technology Russia is developing to make a surprise attack on America more lethal.
        What to do?
         Some of the British used to joke about Russia as "Upper Volta with missiles."  Of course, Upper Volta would not be able to inflict much damage on the United States nor the West. 
         Russia has slipped somewhat in its economic might compared with other nations.  Britain, France, and Germany have edged ahead of Russia in GDP and economic capability.  Of course Britain, France, and Germany are NATO allies of the United States, so their economic and military might are helpful to the United States.  I believe that Japan has a greater GDP that Russia, but Japan was forced to renounce violence at the end of World War II.
         Anyway, our situation with Russia is similar to Rome's situation with Carthage at the end of the Punic wars.  Finally, after bringing Carthage to its knees, Rome finally destroyed Carthage--a North African Empire.  Hannibal was from Carthage, and ran amok in Italy with his army of people and elephants.  A great Roman General--perhaps Roman's greatest--advised that if the Romans invaded North Africa, the North African power would order its troops and Hannibal to withdraw from Italy.  This is what happened.  The destruction of Carthage came later.
        Anyway, America has always taken the position that our struggle is against the rulers of adversary countries, and not the people, themselves, of such countries.
         A more generous immigration policy concerning the Russians would be helping ordinary Russian people, while reducing the power of the Russian government.  Congress should increase the quotas of Russian immigrants to the United States, while standing firm against the Russian oligarchy which poisons people and their daughters who try to escape Russia.  Containment was a good policy concerning the Communists, and it is a good policy to follow concerning a resurgent nationalist Russia.  Welcoming technologists, scientists, and engineers from Russia, to relocate to America would bolster the American economy, and perhaps reduce Russia to having a smaller GDP than Italy.  If Russia had a smaller GDP than Italy, we need not lose sleep worrying about their submarines, missiles, and spies.  The Russian Bear can be shrunk, by welcoming their intelligentsia to the United States. 
          Kenneth Stepp, a Democratic candidate for the United States Congress in the Kentucky Fifth District, if elected, would support a policy of draining top technologists, scientists and engineers from Russia, while standing guard against undue force used by the Russians against American NATO allies such as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland which were formerly militarily occupied by the Soviet Union.  When Russia becomes a leading advocate of human rights, perhaps America can relax more.

Monday, February 26, 2018

F* * * ing Russians.

'They beat our a--es': Russian mercenaries talk about humiliating defeat by US in reportedly leaked audio

T72 battle tank russia destroyed
An Iraqi T-72 main battle tank.
TSGT Joe Coleman
  • Leaked audio recordings said to be of Russian mercenaries in Syria capture expressions of lament and humiliation over a battle in early February involving US forces and Russian nationals.
  • The audio tapes were published by, a fact-checking website produced by news organizations that receive funding from the US government.
  • The audio — which appears to corroborate reports from Reuters and Bloomberg that say hundreds of Russians died or were wounded in a mismatched battle — also seems to contradict statements from Russia's Foreign Ministry.

Leaked audio recordings said to be of Russian mercenaries in Syria capture expressions of lament and humiliation over a battle in early February involving US forces and Russian nationals.
Published by — a fact-checking website produced by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, news organizations that receive funding from the US government — the audio recordings paint a picture of Russian mercenaries essentially sent to die in an ill-conceived advance on a US-held position in Syria. Polygraph says the audio recordings are from a source close to the Kremlin.
The Pentagon has described the attack as "unprovoked" and started by forces loyal to the Syrian government that crossed over the Euphrates River, which functions as a border between US-backed troops and Russian-backed ones.
The Pentagon says that about 500 men began to fire on the position and that the US responded with air power and artillery strikes. The audio from Polygraph seems to confirm that while giving some insight into the feelings of the defeated forces.
Also apparent in the audio is displeasure with how Russia has responded to the situation. Initially, Russia denied that its citizens took part in the clash. Later, a representative said five may have died. Last week, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the fight left "several dozen wounded" and that some had died.
The audio recordings, in which voices can be heard saying 200 people died "right away," appear to back up reports from Reuters, Bloomberg, and the Pentagon that roughly 100 — if not more— Russians died in the fight. Reuters has cited sources as saying the advance's purpose was to test the US's response.
Russia is thought to use military contractors in Syria rather than its military — experts speculate it's to maintain deniability for acts of war and conceal the true cost of fighting from the Russian people. The Washington Post reported last week that US intelligence reports with intercepted communications showed that a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin told a senior Syrian official he "secured permission" from the Kremlin before the advance on the US forces.
The accounts in the audio also align with reports of how the battle went down, depicting an unprepared column of troops meeting an overwhelming air response before helicopter gunships strafed the remaining ones.

Here are the translated transcripts from Polygraph:

First clip:
"The reports that are on TV about ... well, you know, about Syria and the 25 people that are wounded there from the Syrian f--- army and — well ... to make it short, we've had our asses f--- kicked. So one squadron f--- lost 200 people ... right away, another one lost 10 people ... and I don't know about the third squadron, but it got torn up pretty badly, too ... So three squadrons took a beating ... The Yankees attacked ... first they blasted the f--- out of us by artillery, and then they took four helicopters up and pushed us in a f--- merry-go-round with heavy caliber machine guns ... They were all shelling the holy f--- out of it, and our guys didn't have anything besides the assault rifles ... nothing at all, not even mentioning shoulder-fired SAMs or anything like that ... So they tore us to pieces for sure, put us through hell, and the Yankees knew for sure that the Russians were coming, that it was us, f--- Russians ... Our guys were going to commandeer an oil refinery, and the Yankees were holding it ... We got our f--- asses beat rough, my men called me ... They're there drinking now ... many have gone missing ... it's a total f--- up, it sucks, another takedown ... Everybody, you know, treats us like pieces of s--- ... They beat our asses like we were little pieces of s--- ... but our f--- government will go in reverse now, and nobody will respond or anything, and nobody will punish anyone for this ... So these are our casualties."
Second clip:
"Out of all vehicles, only one tank survived and one BRDM [armored reconnaissance vehicle] after the attack, all other BRDMs and tanks were destroyed in the first minutes of the fight, right away."
Third clip:
"Just had a call with a guy — so they basically formed a convoy, but did not get to their f--- positions by some 300 meters. One unit moved forward, the convoy remained in place, about 300 meters from the others. The others raised the American f--- flag, and their artillery started f--- ours really hard. Then their f--- choppers flew in and started f--- everybody. Ours just running around. Just got a call from a pal, so there are about 215 f--- killed. They simply rolled ours out f--- hard. Made their point. What the f--- ours were hoping for in there?! That they will f--- run away themselves? Hoped to f--- scare them away? Lots of people f--- so bad [they] can't be f--- ID'd. There was no foot soldiers [on the American side]; they simply f--- our convoy with artillery." 

I know this doesn't sound very Christian, but that is the only land battle between American forces and forces from the former Soviet Union since c. 1920.  For twenty years, I thought that each year there was about a four per cent chance that the Soviet Union would try to wipe us out.  That never happened.  Finally in 2018, and led by a former KGB Colonel, the Russians sent 400 Russkies to wipe out an American battallion.  Guess what?  The Americans didn't get wiped out.  It is a good thing the Russians never got an upper hand during the Cold War.  Now that this unpleasantness is over with, I hope peace between the Russians and the Americans will be a lasting peace.  Give Peace a Chance!