MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Congressman Keith Ellison and the rest of the Progressive Caucus launched their “Speak Out for Good Jobs Now Tour” in Minneapolis Saturday.

The congressional listening tour’s goal is to listen to the people and help them achieve the American dream.

Ellison said they had a great turnout full of fired up people at their first tour stop Saturday and attendees support the groups three main principals.

“First, in America every worker deserves a good American job.  Second, America should work again for people who work for a living and the third principle is we will use our strength in numbers to counter corporate numbers,” Ellison said.

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While there are too many unemployed people in the country, Ellison said there is a difference between a job and a “good job.”

“My idea of a good job is a job that you can, you know, feed a family of four on. A job that you are can be able to go to doctor if you get sick. A job that you can have something for retirement when you get to be older,” Ellison said.

He said the tour is not about placing blame on anyone, it’s about setting priorities.

“This is not about hating anybody. It’s not anti-corporate, it’s not anti- anything. It’s pro jobs, it’s making sure the American middle class can aspire to the American dream … It really is an issue of just making jobs the issue that everybody needs to focus on,” Ellison said.

The tour currently has stops planned in 12 different cities and continues to grow.

Comments (24)
  1. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    How about lowering taxes so I can Hire more people?

    1. Kath Church says:

      Maybe you would , maybe you wouldn’t . It all depends on what is your priorities. I believe this campaign is aimed at the large corporate’s that pay crazy CEO salariies for them to show up at 12 meetings a year. while their employees can’t even get health care or feed their family on what they earn. I know people don’t like the idea of sharing because some how they call it socialiism but when people go to church they share with people they don’t even know, and no one calls it socialism. we so why is it so hard for employers to share with people they do know that work for them.? Or maybe we should become even more ruthless and selfish and ban religion and believes of giving all together so we can make the CEO’s even richer. When our county started and was being built there were many that became rich and in the 1800’s those people gave back to their communities by building schools, hospitals, museums, that doesn’t happen anymore the new wealth are to greedy and have no Morale consciences.

    2. Citizen says:

      @Mark. That old song and dance has been sung to death. Frankly, I think we could give back money to corporations and they still wouldn’t create jobs. Oops! That’s right, that’s been done. GE, among others, paid no income taxes, others got billions of tax dollars returned to them. Still no jobs. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me for 40 years, shame on me!

      1. @Citizen says:

        You don’t know much about taxes do you?

  2. This will work says:

    Everyone deserves a good job, a house, and a piece of someone elses success in life. Keep it fair Ellison. The new red flag is progressive.

  3. Citizen says:

    @RIII. I do believe those jobs (wages & benefits) provide a tax deduction to a company. The government also provides tons of other loopholes, deductions, depreciations, and incentives. It’s a wonder that businesses pay any taxes at all! Oops, again. That’s right. GE paid no taxes and many others got billiions of taxpayers dollars back. Next fairy tale!

    1. RIII says:

      Obviously you have never been involved in a business. GE paid millions if not billions in Social security and Medicare taxes; they have to match whatever the employee pays. They also pay property taxes wherever they have buildings, I am sure this is more in one year then you will make in 100 lifetimes. Many states also have sales and use taxes. Unemployment, dislocated worker and the tax list they pay goes on and on. A properly managed business should never pay taxes on profit as the money should be dispersed to stockholders, board members and employees who pay billions in taxes on the money.

  4. Doug T says:

    Wow – what bizarre parallel universe do these people live in? They must not teach econ 101 in Hopie-Dream World.

    Companies do not pay taxes – they collect them.

    Taxes are an expense to a company. Companies (unlike our dear government) do not just go to the basement and print more money – they have to earn it…. Taxes increase the cost of the products they sell. So they pass this along – According customers are paying [a lot] more for the “tax the big companies” foolishness…..

    Government does not make jobs….Free [enterprise] people do. If you continue to pollute the pond with your pollyanna dream of unreality they will continue to ask themselves – why would do it? ie create more jobs and better lives for us all – and they wont because they do not have to….. We do not yet have a totally fascist government that can make these things happen.

    Socialism only exists when there is capitalism somewhere to pay for it…..Keep it up kids – you are killing the golden goose.

    1. Citizen says:

      @Doug T. You obviously do not understand that the U.S. economy is driven by consumerism. Didn’t you miss Bush I and II asking us to buy socks etc? Anyway, the consumers are basically the middle class who drive the economy and pay the taxes. (History 101, prosperity during the Eisenhower years when the rich were taxed at 91% and the middle class greatly expanded and consumerism greatly expanded). So, for over 30 years now the middle class has faced rampant unemployment, stagnating wages, and job outsourcing. No wonder they aren’t consuming as much. thus, the economy is down. Here’s a novel idea from Henry Ford the first, pay your workers enough so they can purchase your product. Here’s yet another novel idea, hire more workers (giving you a deduction for the wages), pay them a living wage and provide benefits and some job security, and watch demand for goods and services go up. Keith Ellison is absolutely on the right track. Your golden goose is on its last legs unless you start INVESTING in America and being a loyal American.

    1. Makes me puke says:

      He’s black and a Democrat and hangs out with murderers. Perfect for Mpls voters.

  5. Tony says:

    “First, in America every worker deserves a good American job.” Good thing he didn’t clarify american workers deserve a good american job, if you can plant your feet on our soil, you deserve a good job. How can everyone make $80,000? Is that one person working to feed a family of 4 with no education or training?

    1. Citizen says:

      How can 1,000 families in American own and control 98% of the wealth? And the other 120,000,000 families have to scrape by on 2% and pay most of the taxes and support for America?

    2. Citizen says:

      So, Tony, how is fair that 1,000 families in American control 98% of the wealth?

      1. Bill says:

        How fair is it that you think you are entitled to the fruits of someone else’s labor?

  6. Citizen says:

    @RIII. That means you won’t be opposed to a new “pass-through” tax on business?

  7. Citizen says:

    Yes, I have my own business. By the way, property taxes are deductible in Minnesota as are expenses related to that property maintenance. Here’s a solution to your issues from the Dismal Political Economist:
    “To replace the Corporate Income Tax The Dismal Political Economist’s suggestion is to tax all businesses as flow through entities. The Dismal Political Economist was pleased to find that one of the top tax experts in the country Martin Sullivan has come to a similar conclusion. Mr. Sullivan makes a strong and substantial case (thanks are due to TaxProfBlog for the reference) for terminating the corporate income tax and replacing it with a flow through of business income to its shareholders or partners. Each shareholder wold report his or her share of the corporate taxable income as income to themselves. This is the way that S Corporations and Partnerships are taxed.”

    1. Mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

      If you had your own business, which I doubt you would understand the business tax structure.

  8. Job Creator says:

    The first step in creating jobs is repealing Obama Care. As long as that behemoth lurks in the future, no one will hire.

    1. Citizen says:

      Hey, no problem, Job Creator. We can take the age limit off Medicare and sign everyone up, have a single payor plan, eliminate a lot of administrative paperwork (Medicare only has .9 of 1% for administrative costs), and get everyone taken care of. Do you have a different solution? Then we can pass a flow-through tax (the corporate income tax is largely defunct anyway) to get the rich paying on all their corporate income. That should take care of some of the problems.

      1. JobCreator says:

        No, that will bankrupt the country even faster than it is being bankrupted now.

        Here’s a thought, pay for your own health care.

        It’s been proven that socialism does not work. Have you bee asleep the past 50 years?

        1. Citizen says:

          JobCreator. “..socialism does not work.” So, social security, medicare, unemployment insurance, etc. do not work? Please do not file for any of these benefits when you retire, because they are all “socialism.” I guess you want to return to those wonderful days of yesteryear during the Great Depression when the Oakies traveled to California looking for crop picking jobs, when millions dealt with deprivation and hunger, when stock traders committed suicide. Oh, wait, we better save the stock traders! But, we surely don’t want to provide for our elderly in nursing homes (Medicaid–socialism). Families should take care of them. Oh, wait, again, they may not have families. Guess we just toss them out into the street so they can beg and die–they certainly don’t need any support after a lifetime of working and paying taxes. Pay for our own health care? REALLY! When policies cost over $1,000 a month and people have to choose between having a health insurance policy (most of which are a joke, anyway), and food and shelter. Guess which they’ll choose. But, since you are against socialism, PLEASE DO NOT FILE FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY OR MEDICARE. More for the rest of us socialists…..

  9. JOHN says:

    this is interesting coming from a state that does its best to drive it out or doesnt caare when one moves out and you represent the party who goal is to expand govt and its employess big buss wont locate here you betcha….

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