Puebloans: Where Are the Jobs?


US Congressmen Cory Gardner (4th Congressional District), Scott Tipton (3rd Congressional District), and Doug Lamborn (5th Congressional District) met with Puebloans Thursday to talk about federal issues and answer questions about the local economy.

Hot topics discussed were free trade agreements, health care, alternative energy, manufacturing in America, and how to create more jobs.

Outside the Pueblo Convention Center a number of protesters held their signs up high. Their goal was to deliver the message, “Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs.”

“There are several of us that are wearing a sticker that says 10.7.That number represents the unemployment rate here in Pueblo. So several of us have signs and are asking Tipton, where are the jobs,” said Josette Jaramillo, a 3rd District Constituent.

Regina Purcell is part of the Displaced Workers Brigade based in Pueblo. She wanted to ask the congressmen why they aren’t creating more jobs. She is 50 years old and has been out of work for four years. She was currently employed for 30 years, but says she was let go because of her age. “I don’t know what we are going to do. I really don’t. For the first time in my life I’m on food stamps. For the first time in my life I have to get a food basket. I’ve been working in this country as a proud American all my life, and now they are going to take away my social security,” said Purcell.

Purcell says she has moved to three different states looking for jobs. She says that Puebloans want to work, and that Congressmen need to help them find jobs. She adds, “I’ve lost two houses, I’ve lost two homes, full of furniture. And I’ve still plugging away and I don’t see anything happening. I don’t blame the president, I blame Congress 100 percent. I blame our local legislators.”

During the discussion, Congressmen Tipton was asked how budget cuts help create jobs.

“Think of it this way. Are you allowed with your credit card to have unlimited spending? Do you ever have to pay the bill? We all do. And the time has come for the United States to show that same responsibility. That action will get more money back into the private sector and create private sector jobs, create more revenue, and reduce government spending,” said Congressman Tipton.

Action 22, which is a 22 county regional advocacy organization in Colorado, sponsored the event. They hope to hold the Washington Roundup every year.

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  • by James Bowen Location: Boyero on Aug 26, 2011 at 02:07 PM
    Tax cuts create more government debt, and more unemployment. Only a republican would think of running up debt and then ask for a cut in income.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    Yeah, W(H)INERS! it's all your fault! But don't go to China. Wait for it to come here.
  • by John Location: Pueblo on Aug 26, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    A lot of our elected officials are preaching to us that, if the private sector had more money, there would be more jobs. Baloney! Whenever the private sector makes more money, it's used to increase pay and bonus money for the CEO and board of directors.
  • by M Location: C spgs on Aug 25, 2011 at 08:54 PM
    HEY WINERS! A novel idea for you! This is America! Get off your but! OPEN YOUR OWN BUSiNESS And CReAte your OWN job! Pay yourself what you think your worth! Oh the big bad corporations- blah blah blah- The government needs to do it for you - blah blah.... You people want what others have worked their butts off for, and you want it handed to you! Got news for you... Go to China, or shut up and put ip!
  • by Ann on Aug 25, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    Hope, I agree, the Demo's didn't make the necessary changes to give the nation a feeling of security. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have truly addressed the ridiculous trade deficit. Do you actually expect the few things we still export can be purchased on what these people in China (and other countries) are making? We can't compete when they are working just for enough to put food on the table. But why are we competing? We have the workforce, and yes, I firmly believe in a working wage, which ours isn't. We make it, and if we have decent paying jobs, we can even purchase it. You can't keep cutting jobs Public and Private jobs and expect the economy to improve. Starting your own company in a time when the middle class is already struggling would be tough at best, who is gonna buy your product? Creating jobs: We have drought in one part of our country, and flooding in another... if we can build pipelines to transport oil from Alaska to various parts of the US, why can't we build a pileline to drain off the extra water drowning the midwest and pipe it (or build a river) to divert flow? Costly? I suspect, but when our farmers can't feed their cattle, or grow our food, it will cost alot then too... and building this 'crazy dream' pipeline or river would create jobs, people who want to work, getting to work, and hopefully for a true living wage. We build our highway system, and it created jobs... It could benefit the whole nation. But if Republicans and Democrats can't even agree with the majority of the nation that we should tax the rich, it seems very doubtful that they could get it together enough to achieve such a grand plan... They don't care, when they leave office, even as a failure, they will still draw their salaries; wish we all had that 'golden parachute'.
  • by C.S. Location: Fountain on Aug 25, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    They are with the HOPE and CHANGE! Dont worry aftere he is done golfing at Martha's Vineyard he is going to put everyone back to work.
  • by Josef on Aug 25, 2011 at 08:05 PM
    I'm sure that when the homeless rate really gets out of hand your leaders will have some nice cozy places for you to live. There might even be some homegrown terror attacks to make you feel safer if you get on the train. just a thought
  • by Mike on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:37 PM
    How do you fight the government?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    all across the country we're ALL axing the same question....
  • by Mary Location: CS on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    Your government shipped the jobs elsewhere and they are not coming back. Next question...
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