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

Maryland votes 2006

August 31, 2006

Date of birth: March 21, 1960

Party affiliation: Republican

Professional background: Immigration attorney

Educational background: Bachelor's degree from University of California, Berkeley, 1981; JD/MBA from University of Baltimore, 1993.

1. Why are you running for Congress? I am upset at the childish finger-pointing behavior of both parties, which prevents any real progress on issues of true importance. I am not afraid of doing what is right for the American people and experiencing the wrath of special interests. I have unique and innovative ways of looking at issues and hope that I can bring back true debate to the House on issues instead of 6 second sound bites. Many issues have become so polarized that a middle ground or a new approach is not even discussed.

2. What is your position on the current U.S. policy in Iraq? I am not sure there is a policy for Iraq anymore. The situation on the ground changes daily. Unfortunately, we are now in a defensive mode, rather than offensive. We should never have opened this Pandora's Box. However, since we did go in and did help get a democratically elected government in place, we owe it to the Iraqi people and our soldiers who have risked or lost their lives not to pull out abruptly because of political heat back home. As long as U.S. military leaders feel they are in control of the situation, we should support our troops in their efforts to stabilize the situation and protect the fledgling democracy we helped create. I do not want another Vietnam.

3. What is your view of the Medicare prescription drug plan, and whether changes are needed to the program? The Medicare prescription drug plan is one of the biggest boondoggles Congress has ever produced. The pharmaceutical companies gain the most. It must be changed to include more competition.

4. What is the most important issue facing residents of the 3rd District? Education: Federal reporting requirements burden the school systems and detract from the primary purpose of schools. Teachers need to concentrate on teaching children instead of collecting data. Students must receive preparation for life, which includes money management and the fundamentals of business. ... This country thrives on innovation and entrepreneurship, but students receive few tools to promote either. The federal government can simplify its reporting requirements and create curricula to teach self-sufficiency and wealth-building.

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