Friday, October 19, 2007

A Job Every Congressman Should Take

Larry LaRocco, declared Democratic candidate for the 1st CD Senate seat (also known as Larry Craig's embattled throne) is going to work for the Senate. Again. Yes, LaRocco will be working in Twin Falls, Idaho today at the College of Southern Idaho. Not only is he working at CSI, he is working in a department that college students fear, loathe, despise, et al: the office of the Student Financial Aid administrator.

The press release:
LaRocco working his 12th job at College of Southern Idaho

Larry LaRocco continues his run for U.S. Senate by working his 12th job at the College of Southern Idaho. At 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., LaRocco will begin working with the student financial aid administrator, Colin Randolph, and his staff to learn more about the process students and their families use to finance the students’ college education.

“My wife Chris and I are products of first-generation Americans who wanted a better life for their children and believed it could be attained through education,” LaRocco said. “We saw our parents struggle to educate us, and we did the same when it came time to pass it forward.”

“I am “working for the Senate” side-by-side with Idahoans throughout our great state, so I can listen as Idahoans tell me their stories about the challenges facing them as they raise their families, plan for retirement, struggle to make ends meet, educate their kids, pay their taxes, and deal with the exploding costs of health insurance.”

LaRocco’s 12th work day is a result of LaRocco’s presentation at the recent conference of the Idaho Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (IAFSAA).

I cannot emphasize how refreshing it is to see a former congressman and soon-to-be senator working this particular job. Students don't set their student loan rates, their schools don't set those rates, and yet both grapple with the consequences of the cost of enrollment on a yearly basis. The rates on student loans and Pell grants are being set by the United States Congress and it is imperative that our elected officials understand the consequences of their votes on students.

This is a job every congressman, currently serving or hoping to serve, absolutely should take!

1 comment:

Julie in Boise said...

"Embattled throne." Heh. Nice one, Tara.

I agree. This shows how LaRocco is truly in touch with what Idahoans are going through, and as the cost of higher ed continues to outpace inflation, this is definitely on many people's minds - including mine, since we have just four more years to prepare for those bills in my family.

I look forward to hearing more about what he learns and how he hopes to apply that knowledge in Congress.