Paul Spause // U.s. House Of Representatives, Maryland's...

September 02, 2006

PAUL SPAUSE // U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MARYLAND'S 3RD DISTRICT

Date of birth: March 3, 1963 Party affiliation: Republican Professional background: aerospace engineer, former U.S. Air Force officer Educational background: BA Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, May 1985 Personal: Married, 3 Children, lives in Hanover 1. Why are you running? I am running because there is a significant lack of statesmanship in the House of Representatives. I want to return our Congress to a body that works to solve problems, not one that uses divisive problems to further political goals. Discussion and debate are healthy American traditions. History shows us that taking politically expedient measures to avoid resolving issues only causes worse problems. 2. What is your position on the current U.S. policy in Iraq? An armed militia is operating in Iraq, attacking Iraqi civilians, Iraqi troops, and U.S. forces. This militia is destabilizing civil rule in Iraq and could ignite a sectarian civil war. If U.S. forces withdraw without suppressing this illegal force, we consign the Iraqi people and government to the same fate as Lebanon - a fledgling civil government which can't exercise sovereignty over its territory because foreign powers are surreptitiously arming an illegal militia. 3. What is your view of the Medicare prescription drug plan, and whether changes are needed to the program? The Medicare prescription drug plan proves that even given the best intentions, the federal government should not run a national health care program. The program needs to be changed immediately to allow states or coalitions of states to replace the program with one of their own. Many states have already taken steps to supplement those who fell through the cracks of the new program. 4. What is the most important issue facing residents of the 3rd District? The failing public school system in Baltimore City is the most important issue facing residents of the 3rd District. The young people who pass through the school system are the future of our communities. If the children of Baltimore aren't educated, they can't contribute to our society to their full potential and they won't earn a decent wage. This loss of talent and drag on the economy will affect the entire state.

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