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Garrett, Cho hold first debate for 5th Congressional District seat
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ , According to the Bergen Record , “The ideological differences between Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, and his Democrat challenger Roy Cho were on display during their first debate Friday morning hosted by a Hackettstown radio station.”
Basically a Reagan style conservative versus and Obamabot , socialist.
Scott Garrett is seeking his seventh term as representative from the 5th Congressional District against a well financed challenger Roy Cho with some polls showing the race closer than many expected.
Friday’s debate was hosted by WRNJ radio, and moderated by Morning Show host Mike Galley. Topics ranged from health care to education but largely focused on the candidate’s on the role of government spending..
Cho a newbie is considered a proponent of “Obamanomics” by many and a socialist by his critics . Cho seemed to take the view that more government and more government spending , like the president was the answer for everything .
The Record reported , “Cho charged that Garrett’s position on cutting government spending does not protect the interests of his constituents – their tax dollars end up elsewhere if their representative in Washington is not fighting for their needs. He said the 5th Congressional District needs a representative who will spend tax dollars wisely in areas like infrastructure, education and clean energy.
“This is not spending,” Cho said. “This is focusing on how we can have long-term revenue growth.”http://www.northjersey.com/news/garrett-cho-hold-first-debate-for-5th-congressional-district-seat-1.1117719#sthash.1DLXtwNz.dpuf
Garrett a six term congressmen sits on the House Committee on Financial Services, he is Chairman, Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises and a member of the, Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. Garrett also sits so the House Committee on the Budget amd Scott is also founder and Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus .
Garret not surprisingly said the biggest problem in Washington is wasteful spending, especially for failed federal programs. It is the taxpayers who earn their money and should be the ones who not only keep it but decide where it goes, Garrett said.
“I believe that Washington has a spending problem and not a revenue problem,” said Garrett, who said he wants to continue to work “to make Washington spend within its means.” .http://www.northjersey.com/news/garrett-cho-hold-first-debate-for-5th-congressional-district-seat-1.1117719#sthash.1DLXtwNz.dpuf
Garrett also said the federal government should stay out of how children are educated. Garrett said he opposed federal standards like the No Child Left Behind Act and Common Core.
Cho is a big proponent the wildly unpopular “common core” which even the very partisan Bergen County Freeholders all joined forces and in what amounted to mostly a ceremonial vote resoundingly rejected common core. Most critics agree that common core will be a disaster for Bergen high achieving school districts
Garrett, whose daughters were homeschooled, said states, parents and local boards of education should have not only a say in but full control over how their children are educated because they care about them the most – not a Washington bureaucrat.
“As a father, as a parent, I believe the control rests at home,” Garrett said.
Even with education Cho argued though that a “delicate balance” between national standards and local input is necessary for ensuring bright futures for children. Communities should have a say in what works best for their kids, but all students need to be ready to start college or a job with the same set of skills — the federal government should help ensure that.
“We have to involve all the stakeholders,” Cho said.http://www.northjersey.com/news/garrett-cho-hold-first-debate-for-5th-congressional-district-seat-1.1117719#sthash.1DLXtwNz.dpuf
Then the debate also touched on the candidate’s stances on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare which has been highly controversial and so far lived up to the worst exceptions of the critics.
Garrett said he bought an insurance policy through the system and experienced the opposite of what President Obama had promised — his rates went up by $2,500 and he lost his doctor.
A provision in the Affordable Care Act — sponsored by a Republican senator from Iowa — did require members of Congress and their staffs to enroll in in a Washington, D.C., insurance exchange set up for small businesses and their employees. Lawmakers and aides do receive subsidies from the government, their employer, but depending on the plan chosen and the age of family members covered, rates and deductibles could be higher. That’s because the subsidies are capped and they previously had been part of an insurance pool made up of millions of federal employees nationwide.
Cho once again embraced the presidents plan but acknowledged that there are issues with the act that need to be fixed. Then he asserted that it also has helped many by providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing those under 26 to stay on their family’s plan. , which is at best highly debatable .http://www.northjersey.com/news/garrett-cho-hold-first-debate-for-5th-congressional-district-seat-1.1117719#sthash.1DLXtwNz.dpuf