Bruce Altschuler

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd District

Maryland votes 2006

August 29, 2006

Date of birth: Feb. 17, 1947

Party affiliation: Republican

Professional background: dentist, licensed in Maryland; colonel, Air Force (retired); systems engineering manager; Maryland business owner (electro-optics and robotics company); inventor and scientist.

Educational background: Bachelor of Arts, biology, Brooklyn College; D.D.S., Temple University School of Dentistry; dental residency, Eglin Air Force Base; Air War College, Air Command and Staff College.

Personal: Married to Ruth; has three children and three grandchildren; member of Jewish War Veterans Organization, MOAA, American Legion and American Mensa; amateur radio operator (general class); interests also include R/C mobile robot building, photography, computers, backpacking, sailing.

1.) Why are you running?

We are living in unsettling times. We no longer can afford the luxury of party hacks or "horse inspectors" to make critical national decisions. Voters must seek a congressional candidate with long-range planning on a grand scale to rapidly move our country forward. I shall intelligently deal with all issues in an innovative and experienced manner, with sensitivity to all, regardless of party affiliation and in the best interests of citizens of the 3rd District.

2.) What is your position on the current U.S. policy in Iraq?

Iran has demonstrated its clearly stated policy to destroy Israel, the U.S.A. and Iraq, by its support of Hezbollah and its desire to build nuclear weapons. If the U.S. were to leave Iraq, Iran would invade, then move south to seize the Saudi and Kuwaiti oil fields, nuke Israel and close all Mideastern oil shipments to the U.S., thereby crippling our economy. We should leave Iraq when they're militarily independent, but not before then.

3.) What is your view of the Medicare prescription drug plan, and whether changes are needed to the program?

As a licensed health professional, I deeply care about affordable health delivery. Those patients with chronic (and expensive) health conditions should be given economic relief. The prescription plan is a good start. Needed is a computer program reviewing the patient's prescription records, then offering the three best plans, from which the patient can choose one. Plan members should have permission to switch plans without penalty twice per year, or whenever their medical condition/prescription options change.

4.) What is the most important issue facing residents of the 3rd District?

Overseas oil dependence is our nation's Achilles' heel. We must create total energy independence by a comprehensive long-range nationwide super-project building third-generation nuclear reactors, building refineries to turn coal to gas and agricultural waste products to biodiesel fuels. This will curtail global warming carbon dioxide emissions. It will lead to much cheaper home, car fuel, electricity costs, allow reindustrialization and create funds to rebalance the budget, preserve Social Security, enhance medical benefits, educational and social programs.

Editor's note: Information in this profile was gathered from responses to a questionnaire sent by The Sun to candidates.

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