There are people out there that think it’s cool to say, I don’t care about politics, I’m not influenced by that, I don’t follow it, or they all make me sick. The reality is that everything that we have and do and pay for in life – whether it’s gas prices, the unemployment rate, the cost of healthcare, the ability to pursue the things that we want to do in life, they are all tied to public policy. Politics matter. It is important to be politically savvy and know the things that are most relevant you and the Hispanic community.
At NAHREP, we have a Hispanic agenda. We support the policies and the issues that affect our membership the most. Those of us that are in the housing industry are particularly impacted by public policy because it is one of the most highly regulated businesses out there. Think about what our businesses would be like if there were no FHA mortgages available to us. If there was no Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. If housing policy, such as the income tax deduction for mortgage interest, were not available. This is true for other industries as well because every single business is influenced in some way by politics.