Stan Lippmann

Libertarian

Age: 48

Residence: Seattle (Eastlake)

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Ph.D. in physics, Johns Hopkins University; J.D., University of Washington

Political history: Candidate for mayor of Seattle (1997); candidate, 7th Congressional District (1998); candidate for Seattle City Council (1999); candidate for Attorney General (2000); candidate for Seattle City Council (2001)

Endorsements: None reported

Campaign Web site: www.lippmannforcongress.us

Campaign theme: No response

General election questions

What, if anything, should Congress do to expand health-care coverage?

We should adopt a universal health-care system like the ones in Europe. We already spend more public money than Europe, but on top of that we pay $400 billion privately that goes to insurance companies and bureaucrats for inferior care, as measured by our world life-expectancy ranking of 28.

If you could pass one bill, what would it be and why?

Congress should follow the intended mandate of the Constitution and increase the size of the House to 10,000, or 30,000 people per representative, instead of the 600,000:1. At the last minute of the Constitutional Convention, an aristocratic cabal mysteriously inserted the words "at least" without debate, slowly poisoning the government with the corrosive effects of power and money.

What should be done to safeguard civil liberties and privacy as federal investigators gain broader powers to pursue suspected terrorists?

Before Sept. 11, the word "homeland" was not part of our vocabulary. It sounds like "fatherland" and has the same police-state overtones. The stock market was crashing before Sept. 11, and it seems likely to me that rogue elements in our own government set into motion the Saudi terrorist cells to divert attention and stimulate a war economy.

What more should the federal government do to address the region's transportation problems?

The U.S. should give Washington $10 billion a year for high-speed rail projects. In a few years someone in Seattle could commute to Portland or Vancouver, B.C., in under an hour, to Spokane in under an hour and a half. We should impose a higher gas tax and stop federal highway spending.

Primary election questions

What is the greatest problem facing the region that you can help remedy? What will you do?

Automobile congestion is stifling job growth and driving up the cost of living and the level of stress. We can spend $11 billion on a waterfront tunnel that does nothing or $20 billion for a high-speed regional rail system that would solve these problems. Greater mobility would lower rents and air pollution.

If you could pass one bill, what would it be and why?

Congress should follow the intended mandate of the Constitution and increase the size of the House to 10,000, or 30,000 people per representative, instead of the 600,000:1. At the last minute of the Constitutional Convention, a aristocratic cabal mysteriously inserted the words "at least" without debate, slowly poisoning the government with the corrosive effects of power and money.

What should be done in the wake of national corporate scandals? Please explain.

We need much stricter anti-trust laws. Ever since the so-called "Progressive Era" 100 years ago, corporate America has been running this country rather than We the People. Companies should generally not be allowed to merge, otherwise we wind up with paper monsters like Enron and WorldCom.

What value do you hold above all others and why?

Truthfulness. That's why the government should not be involved in education, because it will naturally brainwash us into believing lies which re-enforce the corporate power structure. That's why we have either a good liar like Bill Clinton or a bad fool like George Bush for president, because the former can re-enforce the lie and the latter earns our false sympathy.