Steve King? Has anyone seen Congressman Steve King?

No matter if you are a Republican, A Democrat, a Libertarian, or a member of the Objectivist Party, members of congress are voted into office by roughly 700,000 constituents and paid a very handsome salary to vote on legislation for the people they represent, thus the term “Representative”.

Now, very few people agree exactly on politics, or fall exactly in the same portion of the Right-Left sphere, therefore there is a need for compromise, and a need for tolerance.

However their is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE for simply not showing up.

Steve King has missed 39 votes in the past congressional cycle, here are a few…

 

9/17/08 Vote 601: H R 6842: National Capital Security and Safety Act
8/1/08 Vote 563: H R 6599: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs
6/25/08 Vote 455: H R 6275: Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008
6/11/08 Vote 400: H R 6003: Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act
 

3/13/08

Vote 142: H RES 991: Recognizing the Exceptional Sacrifice of the 69th Infantry Regiment, Known As the Fighting 69th, in Support of the Global War on Terror

02/14/08

 

 

Vote 61: H RES 966: Honoring African-American Inventors, Past and Present, for Their Leadership, Courage, and Significant Contributions to Our National Competitiveness

 

8/2/07 Vote 816: H R 3161: Making Appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Programs for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2008, and for Other Purposes.

 

7/24/07 Vote 714: H R 3074: Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fy 2008

I can only conclude from this that Rep. King just doesn't give a damn about National security, veterans affairs, tax relief, African-Americans, the military, agriculture, rural development, or urban development

This should be enough to make any of Mr. King's constituents horribly angry, And if the recent polling numbers coming out of District 5 are any indication, it may be enough for them to vote him out.   

 

  • a mystery indeed

    It’s not as if he’s missing votes because he’s campaigning hard in the fifth district.

    Good diary.

  • Democrat delegation beats that

    http://projects.washingtonpost…

    I think I’d be more worried about the district I can actually vote in rather than throwing stones at western Iowa.  

    According to the Post’s website, all four Democrats in Iowa’s congressional delegation missed more votes than King, Latham or Grassley.  

    • since you are a recent arrival

      at Bleeding Heartland, you may not realize that I wrote quite a bit during the winter and spring about the third district primary between Leonard Boswell and Ed Fallon.

      Now I don’t have to worry about the district I live in, because Kim Schmett has zero chance.

      The Sioux City Journal published a definitive piece on King’s (lack of) effectiveness as a legislator a few months ago. He’s a showhorse who accomplishes little.

    • Hey Peggy!

      Yes, we have tangled on a few posts in other blogs. I am glad to see you have made your way here.I doubt her name really is “Peggy” as she claims though, note above how she nows what district I live in…hmmm…

      Believe me, I am throwing more than stones. I am throwing my donations, I am helping recruit volunteers and I am getting members of my family (who live in Carroll and Glidden) to get out the vote. And if Hubler can’t do it this time, I will be right back in 2010, and so on and so fourth.

      Hubler is a veteran, King, is a draft dodging coward, truth be told.

      And I think it is obvious which one this veteran is getting behind!

      http://www.actblue.com/entity/…

      • 30 seconds in the Bleeding Heartland

        told me who you were, secondtonone, and where you lived.  You used to sign your name at the end of your posts.  

        My name really is Peggy, I really do live in the Fifth, you don’t, and shame on you for saying that Steve King is a draft-dodging coward.  You know that’s not true.

        Being a veteran?  Is that all it takes to get your vote?  

        • It is true

          It is all too true.

          He filled for a deference from the Vietnam war draft while attending NW Missouri State in 1967. He was granted his deference, so one could argue he didnt “dodge”, but he was called to duty and was absent, in my book that is draft dodging

          Hubler would get my vote, but like you said I do live in the fourth (hmmm… Stalk much Peggy?) because Steve King has

          Been rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

          Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)

          Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)

          Voted NO on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)

          Voted NO on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)

          Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)

          Been Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence.

          Been Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

          Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)

          Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)

          Voted NO on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)

          Voted NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)

          Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)

          Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)

          Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

          Those are a few reason’s Hubler would have my vote. I would vote for Republican Dr. Miller-Meeks, also a veteran, before I would vote for King. You know, I would vote for George W Bush for my congressman before I voted for Steven King.

          • Anybody can rattle off votes

            on particular bills but I learned long ago that it’s a tactic used by both sides to discredit the opponent when there’s always more to the story.

            For example, I would consider any candidate’s 17% rating by the NEA an absolute plus!  The NEA is pro-abortion (I wonder where they think their students are going to come from), they’re anti-family and they’re “all union, all the time.”  No one is in the back pocket of the Democrat Party more than the NEA.

            For you to conclude, based on their rating, that every King vote against the NEA was “anti-public education” is so simplistic as to be laughable.

            • It is not my words.

              “Indicating Anti-Public education” are the words of “Congress.org” A site that is bipartisan and endorses no candidate

              The NEA is NOT PRO-Abortion. They have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with abortion, and what more to the story is there?

              We elect a congressman to vote! That is the bottom line.

              No reason to discredit at all, I simply stated his votes.

              Your attacks on the NEA are baseless, in fact that rate many members of the Republican Party, including many pro-lifers, quite highly.

              I see absolutely nothing in your post that is even close to being mistaken as the truth.

              You might want to do a little more stalking of the facts and a little less on individuals.

              • "We elect a congressman to vote!"

                I agree!  So you vote for your congressman and I’ll vote for Steve King.  

                Guess you didn’t hear me the first time when I said anybody can figure out who you are by looking at your older posts on this blog.

                For a veteran, you’re not very gentlemanly.

              • Can you provide the link

                to the page at congress.org that shows the list of King votes that you provided above?

                Thanks!

          • Still waiting

            for the link to the list of votes above that you say came from congress.org.  I can’t find a page there that even remotely resembles what you posted.

            • Here you go

              Sorry, very busy getting Rob Hubler elected

              http://www.ontheissues.org/Hou…

              • You must be exhausted

                No wonder I couldn’t find it.  It was on a different website all along!

                • Whole different website all along?

                  What do you mean by this?

                  If you would like to find what Congress.org says about his voting record go here

                  http://www.congress.org/bio/id…

                  Maybe you would like to look at the Washington Post Database?

                  http://projects.washingtonpost…

                  Maybe you would like the AFL-CIO database better? I really find this as the best tool

                  http://www.aflcio.org/issues/l…

                  Like I said Peggy, I am many things, but I am not ignorant.  

                  • Who said you were ignorant?

                    You told me your vote facts were from congress.org and they weren’t.  I’m just sayin’…

                    The absolute last group on earth I would go to for their political opinion is a labor union.  Union voters are the quintessential single issue voters.

                    I recently watched the youtube video of the AFL-CIO’s sec’y-treas giving his speech at their national convention this past summer.  He kicked it off with this (paraphrasing):

                    There is no good reason to not vote for Barack Obama.  But there is one bad reason not to vote for him: racism.

                    No good reason?  Please!  

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