The Oak Leaf- 2nd District Congressional Seat, Best if Held by Huffman
Thursday, November 1, 2012 The Oak Leaf- 2nd District Congressional Seat, Best if Held by HuffmanWilliam Rohrs, Staff WriterNovember 1, 2012After interviewing California... Read More

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The Oak Leaf- 2nd District Congressional Seat, Best if Held by Huffman

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Oak Leaf- 2nd District Congressional Seat, Best if Held by Huffman

William Rohrs, Staff WriterNovember 1, 2012After interviewing California State Assemblyman Jared Huffman and
opponent Dan Roberts, the Oak Leaf is confident Huffman’s campaign
platform holds the best interests for SRJC students for the 2nd
California District seat in U.S. Congress.

Huffman has served in the California Assembly since 2006. During his
career as a state legislator, he authored or co-authored nearly 60
pieces of successful legislation, including support for education,
preservation of the environment and assistance for integrating
undocumented residents through the California Dream Act.

“I’ve proven myself as a legislator. If you’ve done it before,
particularly if you’ve done it well, then that should count for
something,” Huffman said.

Roberts has no prior political background. “I am a private citizen
that heard the call, and I have things to say that are important for the
constituents to hear,” he said.

Roberts runs a small broker dealership firm out of San Francisco. A
Vietnam veteran, he was shot in the war and now works alongside the
Disabled Veterans program. His platform focuses heavily on improving
veteran rights.

Most important to SRJC students, Huffman has a double-edged plan to
help students pay for their education. He wants to keep tuitions low and
affordable while providing wider access to grants and scholarships.
Second, he wants to provide relief to students who pay off their loans
by capping their payment terms based on their gross income instead of a
flat rate. “I want you to have a job, but I also want you to have lower
tuition and accessible student loans,” Huffman said. He supports
Propositions 30 and 38.

Roberts believes that competition will improve education. Cutting
funds that go through educational bureaucracy, he said, will provide
schools with more money to reintroduce elective programs into the
curriculum. He is against Propositions 30 and 38.

Regarding Obamacare, Huffman thinks it should go further. He wants
insurance companies to compete with a federal provider, believing that
competition will keep prices fair and coverage optimal. Roberts opposes
Obamacare; he thinks the federal health insurance plan is dysfunctional
and relies too much on taxpayer money to justify its services.

Huffman supports the Dream Act on both federal and state levels. He
opposes instant amnesty, but wants the government to allow DREAMers to
be able to apply for citizenship. Roberts opposes the Dream Act, but
proposes that anyone who wants citizenship should earn it by serving in
the military.

Huffman wants to regulate Wall Street and its banks and re-instate
the Glass- Steagle Act to make the banks invest with their own money
rather than the peoples’ money. Roberts also wants federal regulation of
banks and Wall Street, but he does not hold them responsible for the
economic meltdown and supports removing Glass-Steagle.

Huffman does not support a federal law permitting gay marriage
because he believes the constitution already permits it. He wants to
repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Roberts also opposes a federal law
permitting gay marriage but for different reasons. He believes that it
is a state issue.

Huffman and Roberts both believe it is a woman’s right to choose to
carry children or have an abortion. However, Huffman is shocked that
there are still attacks on Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. Roberts
thinks it is unethical to take tax money from someone who opposes
abortion and send it to an organization that practices it.

The Oak Leaf agrees unanimously that Huffman will better represent
the interests of SRJC students in Congress and is far more qualified for
the position.

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