By Reg Chapman

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — On Labor Day, it’s only fitting that creating jobs is top of mind for so many Americans.

Rep. Keith Ellison invited both union and non-union people to Minnehaha Park Monday to celebrate labor. Most took the opportunity to speak with the congressman about jobs.

‘”That is the consistent message that I heard out here. People want work. They want to get back to work. They want to pay taxes, so that they can help reduce our deficit,” said Ellison.

Many just want to know how the government plans to create jobs.

“I’m looking for work and that puts me around and everybody says, ‘no, not right now,'” said Farhio Khalif of Minneapolis, who was forced to close her business.

Now, looking for a job has become a priority Khalif.

“It’s about hope and change, so change is needed now,” Khalif said.

Ellison believes the President Barack Obama’s speech to the country Thursday will spark hope and patience.

For many, however, patience is wearing thin.

“I have a little kid running around today … after we leave here, I got to figure out how to put the gas in the car,” Khalif said.

Ellison said he has a bill called, “Putting America To Work,” which calls for direct government hiring of workers to fix trails, public buildings and to be Head Start teachers.

You can watch Obama’s speech at 6 p.m. Thursday on WCCO-TV.

Comments (18)
  1. Tired of the imports that the churches bring over says:

    While your hawking your labor message encourage the smalians to go back to there own country

    1. jimmy says:

      smalians? You mean [(B + b) / 2] * L or are you trying to say something else.

  2. oNiSaC says:

    Well Rep. Keith Ellison, it was on your watch that a lot of these out of work Americans lost their jobs. Where were you when the jobs were all going over seas so that companies could hire cheap labor in thrid world countries. You can’t buy a product or item that is made in America any more. It happened on your watch Rep. Keith Ellison or have you forgotten? And now it is getting closer to election time so legislators want to tell the voters what the voters want to hear. Once they get into office they forget all of their promises.

    1. Jake says:

      He was too busy touring the Middle East. Focusing on ‘jobs’ is like #10 on his list of priorities. Yeah, like the poor can’t WAIT to start paying taxes, LOL. It just gives them a bigger tax REFUND at the end of the year.

  3. Justin says:

    Ellison you can really only blame yourself for what has happened. You are the most liberal member of congress, and one who refuses to compromise and stokes the flames of hatred we see in Washington today. What we need are real ideas, not uber-liberal spend, spend, spend ones like the ones you have so repeatedly suggested in the past. You sir are a failure.

  4. Norge says:

    Dear Keith,
    You’re good friend and contibutor, ‘little’ Jimmy Hoffa jr. just today threatened to, and I quote; “Take them out”, in direct reference to myself and my friends and family, and the candidates I support. Is this how you and that farce of a thing you call a President propose to ‘tone-down” the rhetoric? Or is this in keeping with your Korans call for jihad? if fat little Jimmy and you want to take us out….. just go ahead and bring it. See you at the Revolution you treasonous public-teat-sucker. Sincerly..Norge

  5. pat bonnell says:

    Dear Keith, I’ll make this the 6th negative comment here about you….I don’t want to pay more taxes, we can’t make you understand or Obama or any of you liberal democrates sooo…we’ll simply VOTE YOU OUT vs. your TAKE US OUT. Unions are afraid of losing their job now.

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      The entire population of Minneapolis should be put in camps. Ellison is a traitor and the DFL is a criminal organization. The sooner that we are rid of them all, the sooner we can take back our country.

  6. African Female says:

    @ snowman, As an African female can you please tell us where the racist comments are, I don’t see a one. You are just playing the race card and we see right through it!

  7. Joe Hanson says:

    “Ellison said he has a bill called, “Putting America To Work,” which calls for direct government hiring of workers to fix trails, public buildings and to be Head Start teachers.”

    H.R. 4268 Put America to Work Act of 2009…

    Representative Ellison, why wasn’t this bill passed during the period when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress?

  8. sid says:

    Why not put them to work now, they are all ready getting paid by the government. Everyone should be working if they are receiving public assistance or long term unemployment.

  9. fred says:

    the ultra liberal career collage student chimes in with the race card…..what an a-hole

  10. fred says:

    must be an election coming up….has ellison ever had a REAL job?

  11. StraycatStrut says:

    Yet again…. another CLUELESS Democrat talking about jobs. All talk…all they can do. No action….. Clueless…… thats leadership in action. Yes… I WANT to pay more taxes… and celebrate my job for the $$ I cannot keep…….. totally clueless.

  12. StraycatStrut says:

    @Snowman………. isn’t that a Country-Westerrn Democratic Theme Song?

  13. kevin says:

    Somali suicide bombers???? Bad hours…..bad pay… payoff though…

  14. print this says:

    Funny how WCCO censors Keith Ellison comments, but Michele Bachman bashing is going strong.

  15. D says:

    I’m voting for the dems every time. I dont vote against my own interest bc talk radio told me to. Maybe we need a independant party. Republicans are going down as a party once we get the demographics. YAY America

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