In my experience, those who seek political office usually come in two basic “flavors.” There are those who aspire to great power and influence; and those that aspire to serve.
The pleasant irony is that those who serve best are often the ones that end up with the most power and influence.
I believe there will be no better current example of this than the Massachusetts Senator Elect, Elizabeth Warren. Ms. Warren has gone from a middle class upbringing as elementary school teacher to respected Harvard professor and tireless crusader to reform Wall Street, in order to better protect the average American. She is today’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
Even before she takes office she has sat down with me to work on debt collection problems. Our meeting could have been the typical perfunctory meeting politicians have all the time. It was anything but. What most people will never see or know is her level of engagement and desire to fix problems. You heard it here first, she is going to be a phenomenal and important Senator.
Though in the coming weeks we face the daunting “fiscal cliff,” I am steadfastly heartened and hopeful about our county’s future. With thoughtful, caring (and tough) people like Ms. Warren working on our behalf, I know everything is going to work out just fine.