May 12 : For-Profit Education and Supporters Hold Retain John Kline Event

Taxpayers might as well attend the Annual Event that John Kline calls a “Career and Jobs Fair” … after all, you are paying for it (check next quarter’s MRA (Member’s Representational Allowance) filing … it will be there.

The press release :

BURNSVILLE – To assist Minnesotans with an uncertain job market, Minnesota Congressman John Kline will host a Career and Jobs Fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, May 12 at the Eagan Community Center. The career and jobs fair is free and open to the public.

NOTE : the highlight is “Career” … in other words, maybe you are on the “wrong path” … and maybe if you paid one of the “educational institutions” that will participate in the Kline event, you could get a job …. Just check out the list of educational institutions that will be attending Kline’s jobs fair
• Argosy University
• Capella University
• Cardinal Stritch University
• DeVry University
• Empire Beauty School
• Globe University – Minnesota School of Business
• ITT Technical Institute
• Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
• Rasmussen College
• Sanford-Brown College

Of course, you may recognize the names as members of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities … and strong contributors to the Kline For Congress campaign as well as John Kline’s Freedom and Security PAC. Chairman Kline’s name has been prominently featured in a number of articles such as : How For-Profit Colleges have mastered Washington Influence,
Rep. Kline Turns Chairmanship into Profitable For-Profit Haul,
Subprime Schools Throw Fundraiser For Rep. Kline After He Blocks Funding For Proposed Regulation,
and so many more.

Heck, Chairman Kline not only has the For-Profit industry invited, but others who have contributed to his campaign … such as :
• Cintas Corporation
• Comcast
• Mystic Lake Casino Hotel / Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
• TCF Bank

Yep, Chairman Kline even has Aspen Academy attending …. where Chairman Kline recently visited to announce his desire to increase funding for charter schools … so teachers, have your resumes ready.

Will this event actually lead to JOBS ?
Well, consider this Letter to the Editor from Erik Springer of Northfield after last year’s event :

Letters to the Editor

Kline’s Jobs Fair Falls Short

Last week, Brooke Dorobiala wrote a self-congratulatory letter to the editor in Sun Thisweek thanking the 700 participants who attended John Kline’s Career and Jobs Fair in Eagan. While it is critical that we match unemployed people to quality jobs, I fear that Kline’s efforts are too little too late. He lacks a vision for the future.
The narrow-minded focus of Kline’s local events and legislative efforts highlights his lack of emphasis on preparing constituents for jobs of the future. This contrasts strongly with Mike Obermueller’s history of supporting early childhood education, robust public schools, special education, closing the achievement gap, affordable higher education, and practical job training.
A job fair sounds like it seeks to help constituents. But what is a “career” fair? Take a look at some of the corporate and educational institutions participating in Kline’s event: Argosy University, Brown College, DeVry University, Empire Beauty School, GlobalScholar/Scantron, Herzing University, Interstate Truck Driving School, ITT Technical Institute, Rasmussen College, The Art Institutes International MN, and the University of Phoenix.
These organizations have one thing in common: all are for-profit companies. Interestingly, for-profit universities or their executives contributed $116,000 to Kline’s congressional campaign last quarter. Rather than striving to match out-of-work constituents with jobs, Kline seems intent on providing his buddies with a chance to market themselves to the public.
Kline’s abysmal legislative record also shows that he is looking out for his pals, not his constituents. Real leadership would not just seek to stem the tide of unemployment, but look toward a bright new future by re-training people unprepared for 21st century jobs and providing students with opportunities to succeed.
Our current congressman shows his lack of commitment to these ideals every day, whether it be through his bill decreasing federal K-12 education funding below sequester levels, refusing to lock in borrowing rates that give students certainty in their loans, or failing to implement meaningful displaced worker programs.
If you think the 2nd District deserves something more than Kline’s occasional self-promoting job fair, vote for Obermueller in 2014.

Gosh … that’s a harsh assessment … but contrast John Kline’s press release announcing his “May 12 event” with a press release from Mike Olbermueller issued today :

Tomorrow, Mike Obermueller will stand with the St. Paul Trades & Labor at a rally to call on Congressman Kline to restore federal jobless benefits to long-term unemployed workers.

“I’m proud to stand with hardworking Minnesotans in calling on Congressman Kline to do his job. Congressman Kline has failed to create jobs and is continuing to choose partisan politics over the well-being of our economy and the American people – it’s political gamesmanship. By cutting unemployment insurance, Congressman Kline has eliminated the last bit of financial stability and independence for those who have been worst affected by this recession. We should be working together to put these Americans back to work, not trying to play political games with their ability to put food on the table.”

The contrast will continue to play out over the next six months and then voters will have a chance to

Carlos Galindo

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