WHAT ARE PRIORITIES FOR
While filming the history of Kentucky
Counties in the late 1980’s, I recall sitting on a park bench, on the
courthouse grounds of
The question I am most frequently asked: “What will you do as our United States Senator?”
Without hesitation, if I am privileged to
be your next U.S. Senator, I will be for
a loyal and dedicated advocate for our
Commonwealth; honest; faithful; and a true public servant. I will apply my
political and government-minded knowledge and experiences towards the efforts
of restoring our country to a “once again” great country. Our nation is in the
midst of a critically serious socio-economic crisis. The issues that have
erupted over the course of the last decade will not be “instantly” repaired.
Our society has been lulled into a sense of “instants” and “right now’s”. Unfortunately, there are no “quick fixes”.
But in order to work our way through national and state issues there must be a
spirit of cooperation and compromise by both major political parties not party
divisiveness. There must be an accountability arm to avoid any further seasons
of greed and corruption. There must be a recognition and application of the
framework of our founding forefathers. My focus and convictions are like
those of the framers of our Constitution, who designed
National Deterioration and Restoration
I have been a student of history for many
decades. It does not require much insight to recognize that our country has
been slowly deteriorating from the inception of “removing” God from the
foundations of our country and our Commonwealth; beginning with the removal of
God’s presence in our schools. The “voices” of the unbelieving will try to
remove this “Divine” inherent right because they “have eyes to see, but do not
see” and they “have ears to hear and yet, do not hear”. You do see and you do
hear. Stand firm! Do not be shaken or changed. With every fiber of my being,
and under the authority and power of God, I will fight to return our nation to
the place where the Bible is once again a catalytic instrument in the creation
of laws and amendments in
ORDERS OF BUSINESS AND SOLUTIONS
Your Voice for the Future of
I recently attended the “Restore
Advocate for the Life of the Innocent:
The first order of business, bring God back. What naturally follows and is paramount, is the collective legislative fight on behalf of the Innocent; introducing and pushing through a Human Rights Amendment. A right to life amendment can be successfully achieved IF it is pushed through with the same vigor and tenacity that our federal lawmakers, who report to be Right to Life supporters, have recently demonstrated in an attempt to block and/or pass a health care reform act. I am a different kind of Republican. I want to work with Democrats and Independents and with my Republican members to stop abortions with a Human Life Amendment. THE TIME IS NOW, BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.
We must protect our constitutional rights. God will not tolerate a nation that murders babies, inside or outside of the womb. God’s message is very clear. God cannot, He will not heal our land UNTIL we turn from our evil ways of the tolerance of the murder of the Innocent. We do not need our country continuing to turn to the left or to the right. Our nation must make a “U-turn” to God and to the American Constitution. America’s founders designed a constitution clearly based on Truth; the foundation of God’s love letter to each of us, the Bible. IT IS TIME TO STOP BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT. IT IS TIME TO BE AN ISNTRUMENT OF BOLDNESS, RESTORATION AND A PROACTIVE PROTECTOR OF LIFE FOR ALL!
Employment and Economic Development:
We must pass a Jobs Bill in order to promote free enterprise in the private sector. We need to emphasis the development of increased jobs in the private sector. With the payment of millions of dollars in welfare, we must develop new plans which will offer “work for benefits”. I do not mean slave labor, but constructive work that will increase productivity. Our nation needs new ideas; “new eyes” to look at ways we can rebuild our manufacturing base; a capacity for commodities which will have long lasting successful and thriving effects on our society.
New Rail System:
Our nation must look at a “people
transportation” rail system throughout the country, particularly in our urban
areas, with spurs into each of our rural areas. A system that will dually
decrease negative effects to our atmosphere and environment and at the same
time, help to minimize our over congested roadways. Based on my 1989 travel
A Works Progress Administration Program:
F.D. R.’s Administration, creating jobs and
stimulating the private sector. God will help us through our economic
depression. I agree with the old saying, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”
However, things are broken in
Money and time management are commodities
that must be harnessed. Former President
Internet research history of W.P.A. and quotes:
“By 1936 over 3.4 million people were employed on various WPA programs. Administered by Harry Hopkins and furnished with an original congressional allocation of $4.8 billion, the WPA made work accessible to the unemployed on an unparalleled scale by disbursing funds for an extensive array of programs. Hopkins argued that although the work relief program was more costly than direct relief payments, it was worth it. He averred, "Give a man a dole, and you save his body and destroy his spirit. Give him a job and you save both body and spirit."
While responsibility for such unemployable people as children, the elderly, and the handicapped was remanded to the states, the WPA provided literally millions of jobs to employable people, enrolling on average about two million a year during its eight-year stint. Far fewer women were enrolled than men. Just 13.5 percent of WPA employees were women in 1938, its top enrollment year.
The WPA was charged with selecting projects that would make a real and lasting contribution — but would not vie with private firms. As it turned out, the "pump-priming" effect of federal projects actually stimulated private business during the Depression years. The WPA focused on tangible improvements: During its tenure, workers constructed 651,087 miles of roads, streets and highways; and built, repaired or refurbished 124,031 bridges, 125,110 public buildings, 8,192 parks, and 853 landing fields. In addition, workers cleaned slums, revived forests, and extended electrical power to rural locations.
Work was provided for nearly a million students through the WPA National Youth Administration (NYA). The Federal One projects employed 40,000 artists and other cultural workers to produce music and theater, sculptures, murals and paintings, state and regional travel guides, and surveys of national archives. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a program designed to address the problem of jobless young men aged between 18 and 25 years old. CCC camps were set up all around the country. The WPA's positive results for the public good and its popularity helped Franklin D. Roosevelt to garner a thumping electoral victory in 1936, even though the agency employed no more than about 25 percent of the nation's jobless.
Meanwhile, New Deal critics in Congress
accused the program of waste, political maneuvering, and even subversive
activity; they took their chance to prune the program when unemployment figures
dipped a little in 1937. When unemployment rose again the following year,
funding was brought back to previous levels. However, 1939 saw more cutbacks.
The Emergency Relief Appropriations Act of June 30 eliminated the Federal Theater
Project, cut back WPA pay and limited enrollment to 18 months. Reacting to
charges of politicking by WPA employees during the 1938 congressional races,
the Hatch Act of August 1939 prevented federal workers from participating in a
broad array of political activities. We have seen the same act used in races in
We can learn from that experience and put into effect a program which utilizes the private sector as well as the government and put many of our people to work, learning and training opportunities that can create productivity. We can find ways to use our prison population and allow most of them to return to society as productive citizens. The worse thing we can do is sit back and hope someone else solves the problem. The giants of moral, structural and socio-economical collapse are looking us squarely in the face and we better elect leaders who will know how to move the ball down the court of life and operate in God’s will. First, we must humble ourselves, seek the face of God, ask for His forgiveness and turn from our wicked ways. Then we can ask Him for help. He will then help us and He will heal our land. God is a God of promise keeping. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Health Care Reform:
We are now faced with the question, “How can we work out a Health Care Reform that stimulates business in the private sector?” Every American citizen needs basic health care. The ability to fully participate in the free enterprise system, without the fear of a major medical catastrophe personally or in one’s family must be a right for all. Health care coverage is a right that must be extended to every American citizen just as I would have health care coverage as a United States Senator. Health care is not and should not be a Republican or Democrat issue. Health care is a human right issue and we, the People, need to come to grips with this issue so that we can proceed to rebuild our economy.
Whatever is achieved must be out in the
open for all eyes to see, so that greed and self interest are harnessed. With
the move by President Obama, to call the leadership of both parties to sit and
discuss this issue for over seven hours publically, following a year of debate
and decades of health care problems facing the nation, it is time to act. I support the majority party in this
reconciliation action, and I fault my own party in its inaction. The
Republicans had power for eight years and did little. In fact, we dropped the
ball many times. Now that we are the minority party and the Democrats have the
office of President, we should have worked for bipartisanship. Instead, we have
demagogued the issues and shamefully played on the worse fears of the people.
Half truths will never have lasting benefits. Our leadership should learn some
lessons from former famous Kentuckian Henry Clay and his art to bring about
compromise. Instead, our leadership will sit on the sidelines and attack the
President and hope he fails. This is no position for Statesmen, Patriots,
Americans or Christians. It certainly is not what I would do. The power of the
History is a light to our future. History can and should open our eyes. “In 1973 the Endangered
Species Act was enacted by Congress to protect animals facing extinction. To
date, there are no fewer than 10 laws protecting more than 1,214 animals
ranging from the giant panda to the
defenseless unborn children. From the legalization of abortion to July of 2008, approximately 50 million children have been killed. In that time, the number one provider of both surgical and chemical abortions has been Planned Parenthood. I would like to remind citizens that according to Jim Sedlak, president of STOPP International, project of the American Life League, the federal government has given over 4.8 billion dollars to Planned Parenthood. In 2010, Planned Parenthood will receive more than one million dollars every day from the pockets of American taxpayers. Approximately every 30 seconds since Roe v. Wade, a son or daughter has been killed. And although black women make up 12% of the population, they have 37% of abortions according to recent Centers for Disease Control study. A black child is five times more likely to be aborted than his white counterpart. Margaret Sanger would be proud. Her organization kills more African Americans in four days than the KKK killed in 150 years. What Margaret Sanger once said about those on welfare is now true for her own organization: it “would die out were the government not feeding (it).” (Excerpts taken from American Family Association Journal, January 2010.)
I believe we will have a health care bill and I pray that abortion payments are not included. I fault our own Republican leadership for not using their filibuster ability and the desire of the Democrats to make this a bi-partisan bill; to keep these abortion demands of the left wing of the Democratic Party out of the legislation. It remains to be seen what the final version will include. If our leadership, who profess to be Right to Life supporters, had fought as tenaciously to stop abortions, as they have to block health care reform development, we could have prevented most abortions during the last decade. It is not too late. We still can still stop the murder of the Innocent if we will use our energy and argument vigorously; for the rights of the unborn; in the interest of the People; guided by Godly principles and not motivations that are fueled by “Perpetual Washington Career” ambitions.
I see universal health care as a conservative issue. It will allow the free enterprise system to make a major move to eliminate the greatest fear any citizen has whether leaving a job to venture into opening a new business or moving to new company. The fear of not having health care for oneself or their families is very real. Release the shackles and people will find their way under the free enterprise system. Again, what would Jesus do?
“Hydrogen and oxygen content. Bituminous is in
between. Today, the precursor to coal - peat - is still found in many countries
and is also used as an energy source. Coal is found in many of the lower 48
We must embark on energy independence,
using all resources and common sense in our regulations so as not to stifle the
industry with bureaucratic red tape. Our goal must be to steward land
properly. Coal is one of our major resources. We must work together and
continue to use common sense in reaching the maximum use of this precious gift
from God. As I have traveled throughout
our 120 beautiful and diverse counties, I have publically sung “Sixteen Tons”
Kentucky just passed the new English,
Language Arts and Mathematics Standards during a rare joint meeting of the
Kentucky Board of Education, the council on Postsecondary Education and the
Education Professional Standards Board. Governor Beshear has supported the
Standard. We are on the right track with regard to Education in
I am committed to technological advances in
our school room. I believe it is imperative to maintain the level of education
required in today’s work environment locally, nationally and internationally.
We must help our educators, administrators, school boards and students with
pressing needs in education. Today we are faced with a classroom of students
who are very diverse and sometimes, ill-equipped because of personal
environment. We must work collaboratively throughout our educational systems,
maximizing the benefit of tax payers’ dollars. Major new roles need to be
implemented such as funding given to
The National Economy and the War on Terror:
I am deeply disappointed with the excessive
greed I continue to see in our corporate structures and within our huge national
banks, insurance companies and the multi-national corporations and investment
Question on National Defense: I commend President Obama’s National Defense Administration. I do hope the President has learned the lesson about the importance of transparency of the government within the public eye. This will be the only way to regain and maintain the trust and confidence of the American People. In fact, both Republicans and Democrats need to learn this lesson. It is the Public’s business.
War is never a solution, but it is often a
necessity to survival. I thank God for His wisdom in our decisions to place our
young men and women in harm’s way. I
thank God for the men and women who have sacrificed much for us to have the
freedoms that we have as a nation. We should never enter a war just to contain
a tyrant. If we enter war/s, we should do so with full force and with the
objective to win with God’s help and guidance.
We must always keep in mind the lives that are at stake. We must refer
to and live by the words and heart of the late President Ronald Reagan, “Trust,
but verify”. Our national defense administration must operate with the same
determination that the late President Harry Truman demonstrated in the 360 day
air lift in
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A Candidate Who Understands the Threat of Foreclosure, Bankruptcy and Excessive Health Care Costs:
It is not too late to send John Stephenson
John Stephenson is the candidate who has
been caring for the sick and coping with outrageous health care costs,
including the outrageous price placed on prescription drugs. And in the
John Stephenson is the candidate who studies the functionality of government, local and national. He is the candidate who majored in advanced government in college and who has taught advanced government. He is the candidate who understands what “good government” should look like and how to implement fair and just policies. John Stephenson is the candidate who has new ideas and solutions for our state and our national problems. “OUR NATION HAS BEEN IN A FAMINE, A FAMINE OF TRUTH”, John Stephenson writes. “We truly need to make a “U- Turn” to God. There is only one choice that is real and true. God has given you a choice; it is now up to you.”
Governmental ethics must be put in place and maintained. In order for our nation to work successfully and fairly and transparently, we must be vigilant in demanding a government that is ethical and just. We need an accountability arm that will enforce a code of ethics to ensure and to maintain a government that is of the People and for the People, and not that of special interest groups and their strangle hold on our lawmakers. The Association of Government Accountants, Advancing Government Accountability (A.G.A.), has set forth principles which can be an example that our nation can learn from and even certainly implement:
· Integrity: Be straight forward and honest in performing professional services.
· Objectivity: Be fair and do not allow prejudice or bias, conflict of interest or influence of others to override objectivity.
· Professional Competence and Due Care: Perform professional services with due care, competence and diligence. Recognize the continuing duty to maintain professional knowledge and skill at a level required to ensure that an employer or client or citizen receives the advantage of competent professional service based on up-to-date developments in practice, legislation and techniques.
· Confidentiality: Respect the confidentiality of information acquired during the course of performing professional services and do not disclose or use any such information without proper and specific authority or unless there is a legal or professional right or duty to disclose.
· Professional Behavior: Act in a manner consistent with the good reputation of the profession and refrain from any conduct that might bring discredit to the profession.
· Technical Standards: Carry out professional services in accordance with the relevant technical and professional standards. Recognize the duty to carry out with care and skill, the instructions of the employer or client insofar as they are compatible with the requirements of integrity, objectivity and, where applicable, independence.
1. Actively promote and encourage the highest level of ethics within the government beau racy financial management community.
2. Conduct yourself with integrity, dignity and respect for others.
3. Transmit or use confidential information obtained in your professional work only for the purpose intended and not for personal gain or other advantage or to the disadvantage of others.
4. Adhere to the standards of conduct of your employer and any professional associations or organizations of which you are a member.
Professional Competence and Performance
5. Strive to perform the duties of your position and supervise the work of your subordinates with the highest degree of professional care.
6. Continually seek to increase your professional knowledge and skills to improve your service to employers, associates and fellow members.
7. Render opinions, observations or conclusions for official purposes only after appropriate consideration of the pertinent facts and after assuring yourself that you have the appropriate expertise and are free from real or perceived conflicts of interest.
8. Exercise diligence, objectivity and honesty in your professional activities and be aware of your responsibility to disclose improprieties that come to your attention to the appropriate parties.
9. Be aware of and strive to apply work-related requirements and standards prescribed by authorized government agencies and employers.
10. Consider the public interest to be paramount in carrying out your duties.
Avoid any activity that creates or gives the appearance of a
conflict with your employer-related responsibilities.” (The Association of Government Accountants, Advancing
Government Accountability [A.G.A.],
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the citizens of
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The preceding points are but a few of the
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months prior to Primary Election day of May 18, 2010. Then, People of
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Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education 130 Hours Earned
Masters and Doctorate of Philosophy in Management 30 Hours Earned
· H-Bemis Lawrence and Weikel Real Estate Program September 1971 to May 1973
Real Estate and Broker License
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
· John Stephenson Broker,/Consultant/Producer, Videographer/photographer 1973 to Present
· Superintendent of Public Instruction (Elected) January 1991 to January 1994
· Deputy Secretary of Transportation/Commissioner of 1985
Served in Martha Layne Collins Administration
· Liaison Officer, Council on Higher Education January 1978 to September 1978
· Executive Director/Owner, Policy Management Assoc. January 1978 to December 1982
Grant Writing and Training “Home Weatherization”
Skills To Statewide Community Action Agency Workers.
Produced/Directed Weatherization Documentary.
· Congressional Field Representative for the Late September 1972 to December 1974
John B. Breckinridge,
· Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Grant Writing August 1971 to August 1972
Credit Union. Served as Board member, Exec. Loan
Officer & Chairman for One Year; Stephenson Group;
Private Investigator/Public Advocate; Consultant.
· Advanced Government Teacher September 1970 to May 1971
Live Radio Program Host;
“Education Today” WHKK Radio Erlanger,
· Management Training Instructor January 1966 to 1968 (Also attending college.)
Frisch’s Restaurant, Inc., Cincinnati,
· Building Service Man, Cincinnati Bell Company 1965 to 1966 (Also attending college.)
· Computer Switchman, Secretary/Treasurer U.T.U. September 1962 to May 1965 (Also attending
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· Non Linear Editing, Television Production
· Computer Software: Microsoft Software and Editing Software
· Managed Various Charitable and Political Campaigns
· Organize Numerous Local and Statewide Non Profit and Political or Issue Oriented Events
· Master of Ceremonies and Public Speaker on Topics of History, Art, Health Care, Education,
State, Local & Federal Government, Church & State and Ethics.
Ombudsman Advisory Council,
Senior Services of
Chairman, Vice Chairman,
(Education, Public and Government Television Access)
Produced, Directed, Edited
“Your Health and Wellness” (Weekly); “
and “Santa Claus Education Series” Co-Founder Young Friends of the Arts.
Organizer and Participant
· Master of Ceremonies, “Whosoever Will” Band. Volunteer Entertainment to Senior Citizens at
Nursing Homes, Centers, Churches and Other Civic Groups
Master of Ceremony,
Held Numerous Positions Including: Chairman, Board of Directors & Numerous Committee Work Assignments.
Author of Guest Columns for
· Served on Goodwill Industries Board of Directors
Masons, Scottish Rite,
Member of National,
and Educational Issues. Member, Stephenson Group
· Boone County Businessmen’s Association, Former Member
President, Student Body of
Founding Efforts of “
of College Students”
Home Weatherization Film
“Who’s Who in Colleges and
John Stephenson, Superintendent of Public Instruction,