Joe Scarborough—What Politics Means to Him

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A whole lot

That’s what politics means to Joe as seen in a video posted by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. To him, politics is an opportunity to serve the American people and ensure that they are living the best lives possible.

“[Politics] is a chance not only to make America a better place by fighting for what you believe in, but also a chance to make individuals’ lives easier, better, and more productive.”

 

–Joe Scarborough

The realization moment

Surprisingly, Joe realized how much of an impact he could make in politics after he left his position in Congress. When he flew back home to Pensacola, FL, he was approached by community members who asked him if he could help sort out some roadblocks they were facing. With those requests, Joe realized that he could truly make a difference in the lives of individuals by using his political background to move an agency or somebody who was getting in the way, creating favorable outcomes for the people who matter most.

Watch him talk about his passion for politics in the video above.

 

 

Why Take Credit For Flat Wages?

Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to take credit for this month’s jobs report. They should save their energy.

There is some good news. America created more jobs last year than anytime since 1999, and continues to be unaffected by weak economies in Europe and Japan. The U.S. unemployment rate also fell to 5.6% in December, but the .02% drop in unemployment was driven more by workers leaving the labor force than by new jobs. More troubling than that was the continued curse of flat wages on working class Americans. Last month, average hourly earnings for all private-sector workers dropped, and economists expect wages to stay flat for the foreseeable future.

That continues a troubling 40 year trend.

Washington’s great challenge is to move beyond the smallness that has defined politics over the past decade and get to work on improving wages that have been on the decline since 1973. American workers deserve as much–or at least a little more than having party leaders rushing to take credit for an economy that is improving but still leaving too many behind.

Joe Scarborough – Politico