Rep. Paulsen comments on jobs report, sets meeting

Two days ago, a piece in the Humphrey School’s Smart Politics blog item called U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen “invisible” and said he gets the least national media buzz of anyone in Minnesota’s delegation:

No member of the Minnesota congressional delegation has received less attention in the national media since Paulsen was first sworn into office in 2009.

Today, there are two press releases from Paulsen’s office in the in-box. Who says politicians aren’t responsive?

(To be fair, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann does seem to suck up most of the media oxygen in the national and local media, but at least from my local perspective, Paulsen seems to be as prolific with media advisories and availability as most of the others.)

So here’s Paulsen’s thoughts on the August jobs report:

“Today’s employment numbers come as no surprise to the millions of Americans still out of work. With no net growth in jobs, and an unemployment rate which has surpassed 8 percent for 31 straight months, we can no longer afford policies which place a premium on erratic spending and job-crushing regulations,” said Rep. Paulsen. “And as long as the Administration stands in the way of pro-growth, common sense policies, there simply won’t be enough jobs to replace the millions being lost.”

And, Paulsen’s office says, on Tuesday he has:

WHAT: A town hall meeting in Minnetrista

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept., 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Mound-Westonka High School, 5905 Sunnyfield Road East, Minnetrista, MN 55364.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/02/2011 - 01:04 pm.

    Paulson has been in office for 3 years. In contrast, my Representative, Betty McCollum has been in Congress for 12 years.

    She just passed her first piece of legislation last year. Yes indeed; thanks to Rep. McCollum’s tireless efforts, NASCAR race cars will no longer be sporting US Army stickers.

    And yet, the media has seen fit to completely ignore her historic contribution to race car decorating standards.

    Invisable? Perhaps, but Rep. Paulson has many long years to go before he has any shot at wresting the “inconsequential” title from the Queen.

  2. Submitted by Dale Hoogeveen on 09/03/2011 - 06:57 pm.

    The unemployment numbers are very clear. Public sector layoffs resulting from draconian Republican budgetary idiocies in state and federal governments are keeping American unemployment rates significantly higher than they need to be and are reducing tax revenues at the same time for a double whammy by throwing significant numbers of people off the rolls and sending them right into unemployment compensation.

    It really pays to see who contributed to keeping the unemployment rates up and who forced those newly unemployed out of work and off the tax rolls onto public assistance.

    Paulson was right there along with the rest of the Republican block keeping our economy stagnant.

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