U.S. Congress, 11th District, Ferdinando Greco (Ind. Green)

U.S. Congress, 11th District, Ferdinando Greco (Ind. Green)

Fredinando C. Greco (Ind. Green)

AGE: 43

HOMETOWN: Clifton, Virginia

FAMILY: Married, one child

EDUCATION: BS - Physics from George Mason University

OCCUPATION: Own and operate Hybrid Taxi service, Wife operates day care

EMPLOYMENT: Small Business Owner.


CAMPAIGN PHONE: 703-916-0945

WEBSITE: www.VoteJoinRun..us

E-MAIL: VoteJoinRun@aol.com

BEST BOOK YOU READ THIS YEAR: The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk. Speaking Truth to Power by Petra Kelly

FAVORITE MOVIE: It's a Wonderful Life

QUALIFICATIONS: Elected Northern Virginia Chairman of the common sense conservative Independent Greens of Virginia. Life long resident of Fairfax County. We needed to balance the Federal budget and pay off the $8.5 Trillion National debt. I am the 11th district candidate Building Rail Now!

1. Was the Iraq war a mistake? Why or why not?

This is about moving forward, solving problems, offering positive common sense conservative solutions. Cut dependence on foreign oil. High-speed American magnetic levitation trains solve the problem. We need More Trains, Less Traffic. Building rail will save trillions in tax dollars wasted in foreign countries by reducing need to ever go there.

2. Five years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, what more could be done to protect America? What limits on civil liberties are acceptable?

We protect Virginia and America best. Stop importing $340 billion a year in foreign oil. This is a struggle between good and evil. We must stop putting billions of American dollars into evil hands. Without the need for oil the money stays in America. High speed mag lev trains cut oil needs in half.

3. What is the nation's best long-term strategy in combating terrorism?

Be strong in our faith, and values. Protect freedom and liberty. Keep the great American promise to protect our nation under God with liberty and justice for all. More trains, less oil.

Build rail. Slash oil imports. Use America's great economic resources, and power to educate, and encourage middle eastern governments to stop allowing their schools to be training grounds for violence.

4. In light of recent corruption scandals in Congress, do you believe reforms are needed? What would you propose?

Make term limits law. I will serve no more than two terms. Track our tax dollars! This administration and congress have wasted $16 trillion tax dollars in the last six years. They borrowed $4 trillion in new federal debt. Trillions in tax dollars went on no bid/uncontested contracts to campaign contributors. My first law will be to stop no bid /uncontested contracts, balance the federal budget and install auditable accounting system at the Pentagon. So, we know where tax dollars go!

Join Virginia's Independent Greens and run for office. More candidates, less apathy. Run. Be part of the solution.

5. What should be done about the 45 million Americans who are living without health insurance?

We need more hard working folks to running for office, who understand the needs of regular people. Join us and run for office in 2007. We need 100 candidates across Virginia to run for the General Assembly, 40 candidates across Virginia to run for state senate, and many candidates for board of supervisors. Join us and run as our pro health care, pro rail candidate.

6. President Bush's signature education law, No Child Left Behind, requires high-stakes testing in all public schools. What is your view of the law? Should it be reformed? Why or why not?

No Child Left Behind, no teacher left standing. It's an unfunded/underfunded mandate. Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, and Arlington are blessed with finest schools in the nation through the dedication and hard work of teachers and volunteers. I support the Fairfax Federation of Civic Associations pro-education position.

7. The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the federal deficit will grow to $286 billion in 2007 and to $1.76 trillion over the next decade. How would you address this?

A budget is theology walking. How our tax dollars are spent makes a statement about our morals, faith, and values. This year's budget is $2.7 trillion. Over $700 Billion — untraceable — flows into the Pentagon. $62 Billion on education of our children. We can do better.

Stop wasteful spending. As the Government Accountability Office states, we must have an auditable accounting system at the Pentagon, and all federal agencies. We must stop no-bid uncontested contracts ($170 billion in 2005 alone on Pentagon procurement). The first law I introduce will be to balance the federal budget, and pay off the federal debt.

8. What is the best way to deal with the record high oil prices of recent years?

Build rail into our communities. Light Rail on the Beltway & Woodrow Wilson Bridge. High speed magnetic levitation (MagLev) rail across Virginia. Rail is safer. 43,000 Americans are killed on highways. 330,000 Americans are injured in automobile accidents every year. Rail cuts dependence on foreign oil.

9. While the economy has grown in the last five years, the wages of middle- and low-income Americans has stagnated. How would you address the income disparity between the very wealthy and the rest of the working America?

A way to raise the salary of Virginians is to bring in good paying jobs, such as those created by building rail, to create free-market employment alternatives and incentives. Make Virginia the nation's leader in rail. Advance rail technology in Virginia. Enable future generations of Virginians to compete in a broader market through innovation with rail. We need more trains, less traffic now.

10. Opinion polls suggest that the international community views the United States in a negative light. Does this matter? If so, what can the United States do to repair its standing with the rest of the world?

Yes! Goodwill has a moral and market value. This is the common sense conservative solution. No torture. No secret trials. No secret evidence. No secret budgets. Cutting our dependency on foreign oil — by building high speed rail, and moving to other fuels, wind, solar will help get us our of that mess in the Middle East.

For the following questions, please respond with a yes or no answer.

1. The minimum wage has been $5.15 since 1997. Is it time to increase it?


2. Congress is considering the elimination of the federal estate tax, which requires the wealthiest 2 percent of all Americans to pay taxes on inherited property. Do you believe the estate tax should be discontinued?


3. Is global warming real?

Candidate did not answer the question.

4. On Nov. 7, your name will appear on the same ballot as a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Considering the full text of the amendment, will you vote for it?


5. If President Bush's tax cuts are made permanent, $2.2 trillion would be added to the federal deficit over the next 10 years. Would you vote to extend the tax cuts past the 2010 expiration date?


6. Should the United States have higher fuel economy standards for vehicles?


7. Do you believe in evolution?

Candidate did not answer the question.

8. Should electronic voting machines be required to have verified voting paper trails?


9. Do you believe the sectarian violence in Iraq is a civil war?


10. Should the federal government fund stem cell research?


11. The United States is one of the few countries that has refused to sign a global ban on land mines. Would you vote to sign the treaty banning the use of land mines?


12. California has enacted the nation's toughest restrictions on air pollution, requiring a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide pollution. Should similar action be taken for the rest of the country?


13. Do you support "Net Neutrality," which would guarantee that every website on the Internet loads at an equal rate of speed?

Candidate did not answer the question.

14. Do you believe that Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision that overturned state laws banning abortion, should be overturned?

Candidate did not answer the question.

15. Would you support a guest worker program for illegal immigrants that would lead to citizenship?