Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Why Garrett's not inclined to debate

**Update: Garrett voted against the relief, Frelinghuysen voted for it**

It's well documented that Rep. Scott Garrett has an aversion to debating his opponents during a campaign. In the New Jersey Herald today there's an article about how unaffordable college has become and the Democrat's step to cut interest rates on federal student loans. The gem, and insight into why his handlers discourage debating, is in his "prepared statement":

"This bill is typical of what the Democrats have done since taking over and what they will continue to do if left unchecked — try to score cheap political points without solving any problems," Garrett said in a prepared statement. "The fact of the matter is that tuition costs have risen nearly 300 (percent) in the last two decades, and that is the real cause of student debt and the real reason that too many qualified students cannot afford to attend college."

The natural, go for the jugular response in a debate is "You bring up skyrocketing costs, Scott. What exactly have you done to solve the problem, when the Republicans were in the majority?" The answer to the question is also provided by the Herald.

Garrett and Frelinghuysen both voted last year in favor of cutting about $12 billion in federal student-loan programs.

If the prepared statement is the best Scott can come up with in opposition to a very tangible savings for working families (estimated at an average of $2,370 per student), I'd hate to see what he'd say off the cuff. For someone who claims to want to keep focus on the family budget, he certainly failed with flying colors on this one. I guess he needs new glasses.

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