Say WHAT???

Just this morning I wrote about how Trump’s daughter-in-law disparaged the federal workers who are not being paid due to the Trump shutdown, and now this …

Commerce secretary doesn’t understand why unpaid federal workers use food banks

wilbur-rossSecretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said he doesn’t understand why federal workers are visiting food banks during the partial government shutdown, saying they should instead seek low-interest loans from banks and credit unions to supplement their lost wages.  Say WHAT???  How many banks or other institutions do you think are going to be eager to lend a substantial amount of money to a person who has no present income???  Even if they were able to take a loan, the first payment would come due in a month, and Trump appears to be gearing up for a multi-month shut down.  What then, Wilbur???  Oh, by the way … Wilbur Ross has a net worth of approximately $700 million.  Just sayin’.

And then … then he goes on to add insult to injury by saying that these 833,000 men and women who are going without pay through no fault of their own really don’t matter very much to the economy.

“If they never got their pay — which is not the case, they will eventually get it, but if they never got it, you’re talking about a third of a percent on our economy. So it’s not like it’s a gigantic number overall.”

What a slap in the face to the people who have worked for this government in good faith, some for decades.  What a weasel of a little ‘man’ Wilbur Ross is.

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I can’t hear you …

This does, however, give me an idea!  In solidarity with the 833,000 workers who are not able to contribute to our economy by buying new televisions, cars, or other ‘things’, I suggest We The People stage our own ‘shutdown’ … a boycott of all non-essentials for the duration of this shutdown.  I was planning to purchase a new microwave within the coming month (I melted part of mine and now the little micro waves leak out), but I have decided to postpone that … and any other purchases … that are not essential.

I say we show Mr. Ross how very wrong he is!  And to our friends across the pond, I hope you will consider foregoing American-made products for the duration of the shutdown … frankly, you’d do better to buy Japanese products anyway.  Cutting off our nose to spite our face, as my mother used to say?  Not really … the one thing that Trump prides himself on is that despite his efforts to wreck it, the U.S. economy has remained relatively strong.  Threaten that, and perhaps he’ll do what he has to in order to open the government again.

And on a related note …

I would strongly urge all of you to avoid flying if at all possible.  Air traffic controllers and TSA employees are among those who are not being paid.  Fed up with the status quo, many have begun calling in sick, or just frankly saying they cannot afford the cost of transportation to come to work each day.  The three unions that represent air traffic controllers, pilots and flight attendants issued a statement:

“We have a growing concern for the safety and security of our members, our airlines, and the traveling public due to the government shutdown. This is already the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States and there is no end in sight. In our risk averse industry, we cannot even calculate the level of risk currently at play, nor predict the point at which the entire system will break. It is unprecedented.”

Let me go on record here and now as forewarning that if there is any major plane crash in U.S. airspace during this shutdown, it will rest squarely on Donald Trump’s shoulders.  I think it is only a matter of time.  Baggage is not being adequately inspected.  Air traffic controllers are spread thin, are frustrated and tired, which is bound to lead to a loss of focus, distraction.  Some are working second jobs driving for Uber or waiting tables. It is a very intense job that requires constant focus, constant attention to every little detail.  A few short seconds of distraction can lead to a disaster.  An un-inspected suitcase or carry-on could contain a bomb.

It is not my intent to be a harbinger of doom, but face it folks, this is serious.  This shutdown is playing with the lives of everyone in this nation.  It’s time we find ways to do our part to show Mr. Trump and the Senate that this is hurting the people they are supposed to represent and that we have had enough!

38 thoughts on “Say WHAT???

  1. Dear Jill,

    Your idea may start a revolution of sorts. Not buying anything we can live without is a plan. It is one way to show our support for those gov. workers being forced to work as indentured servants. I’.m in.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thanks! The response has been favourable, but after today’s agreement to re-open the government for 3 weeks, I’m in a quandry. Do I still try to promote this idea, get the word out, or should I bide my time and see what happens in the next 3 weeks?
      Hugs!

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      • Dear Jill,

        I didn’t have a chance to act on your idea but I’d wait. There had better not be a repeat. I don’t think I could take another shutdown. This was a nail biter as it was infuriating to see folks suffering for a phony crisis.

        Hugs, Gronda

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        • The general consensus is in agreement with you … wait and see what happens. I see two possibilities for February 15th, neither of them good. A) the government shuts down again; B) Trump declares a state of national emergency, leaving the government open, but giving himself authoritarian powers to take monies from other areas and commandeers the military to start his damn border wall. I don’t like to throw a bucket of water on the parade, but I think this will escalate before it is resolved. In fact, I cannot predict a real resolution at this time. Hugs.

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ENOUGH, ENOUGH!! … ‘This shutdown is playing with the lives of everyone in this nation. It’s time we find ways to do our part to show Mr. Drumpf and the Senate that this is hurting the people they are supposed to represent and that we have had enough!’

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  3. I am so proud of you, Jill. My favourite American rabble rouser. I knew you could do it, given time. How many reads do you get in a day? If even 10% of them would pass on your suggestion on Word Press, Fb, Twitter, or whatever other social media outlets they use, the idea could spread quite rapidly. Oooohhh, I’m getting thrills up and down my spine…

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    • I hate to disappoint you, my friend, but I get only between 250-300 views a day … I’m pleased enough with it, but in terms of spreading the word to some 330 million people around the country, it is like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. And now, I’m not sure whether to continue pursuing the idea now, or wait until mid-February to see if the shutdown resumes then, or if Trump declares a national emergency, or if by some miracle a sensible agreement can be reached. But I agree with you … social media is the way to get the word out, plus perhaps letters to the editor of some of the nations largest newspapers.

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        • Agreed. I am holding the idea in reserve, but waiting to see what happens in the next three weeks. I don’t think it will be good. I think either the shutdown will resume on February 15th, or he will declare a state of national emergency and use funds and military illegitimately to build his damn wall. Bah Humbug.

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          • I’ve been wondering if one of the reasons he’s holding off on the “national emergency” action is (1) those who advise him (with more common sense) have had some influence, or (2) he’s been warned the action may very well be challenged in the courts and he’s trying to figure out a way around that.

            I definitely don’t wish bad on our country, but what if something happened and that “donation” from the military budget were to be needed?

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            • I am sure that you are right on both counts … his approval has been steadily dropping throughout the shutdown, and that cannot fail to gain the notice of the GOP. But, it may also be a smokescreen to draw interest away from the Roger Stone indictments and arrest. It speaks volumes that we are looking for ulterior motives from the ‘man’ who is supposed to be working in our best interest, yes?

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  4. Wilbutt Ross is a perfect example of what is wrong with the people that surround Trump. His lack of compassion is astounding and his total lack of understanding of what these unpaid workers are undergoing is abhorrent. It is shameful that this partial Government shutdown ever began, it is far more shameful that it has gone on this long and after today’s Senate votes it is glaringly apparent that an end is nowhere in sight. I read in “The Hill” an article titled “GOP Senators read Pence the riot act before shutdown votes”. It sounds encouraging, but may not be enough to open the government post haste. As far as I can see, the only positive thing about this shutdown, and I hesitate to say positive, is that Trump is receiving most of the blame and this will in turn cause problems for the good old GOP. At your suggestion, I am not replacing my broken wet/dry vacuum, even though I am ankle deep in water downstairs after today’s relentless downpour of rain…I’ll just keep using towels and mopping. Thank-you!

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    • My predictive skills are not always great in this, the era of Trump, but my best guess is that Trump will declare that state of national emergency soon. According to The Guardian, he drafted the text of it tonight, and he surely knows that Pelosi will not give in on the wall money he is demanding. What happens after that is anybody’s guess, but he will absolutely, certainly blame the ‘evil’ democrats and chaos will reign.

      I’m thinking that the wet-dry vac might actually qualify as an essential at this point! Been there, done that, and a flooded basement is NOT fun! However, to the point, I am pondering on this one, for I’m wondering how we can spread this message from coast to coast and get more people on this bandwagon. I wasn’t sure how well it would go over with my readers, but the comments I have received have been positive. Now, if we could turn it into a large-scale movement … 🤔 What if people put off buying that new car until after the shutdown had ended? What if those who could afford to donated the price of a meal each day? Maybe if we all turned our thermostats down 5 degrees and saved ourselves some money, but also cut the profits of the power companies? 🤔

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  5. Jill, his comments won’t conjure up the word empathy. The US President and his cabinet have an unprecedented amount of wealth. Not that wealthy people cannot be empathetic, but time and again, there is a failure to understand the needs of the common folks exhibited by various members.. Coupling that with a want of nice things, first class travel and expense accounts, it just conveys the wrong message. Keith

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    • How can any of Trump’s ‘team’ have empathy when they are all but two millionaires who have never had to struggle? You are right, though, that some millionaires and billionaires, such as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and of course George Soros are the exceptions. But this lot in the White House? They are truly clueless. Their blind comments are like a slap in the face to the rest of us. Sigh.

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    • I’ve gotten some positive feedback on that idea and I’m pondering how to spread the word from coast to coast. I also had the thought … what if we were going to buy, say that microwave I mentioned, for about $80, and instead we donated the money to one of the organizations helping the unpaid federal workers … 🤔

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      • eschudel’s idea is a good one, except Mr. Don would not approve of it. He wouldn’t let Wilburr risk his own money any more than Mr. Don would risk his own. They cheated and stole and lied much too hard to let it go so easily. They know the value of a dollar, even if it is only 0.03 cents. The minimum interest they would charge would be 45%.

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        • Trump wouldn’t like it, but more to the point, Wilbur Ross would laugh off the idea … I can picture him screwing up his weasel face, emitting a harsh laugh, and saying, “As IF!” He cares not whether any of us live or die.

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  6. Jill for the 2nd time today you have me mumbling curse words to myself. The idiocy emanating from trump and this Administration is stuff that best-sellers are made of. Ohhh, sorry, not an original idea. I do, however, like your idea of a consumer withdrawal. 😉

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    • Uh-oh … I am a baaaaaaad influence, aren’t I? At least you mumble them to yourself … mine can sometimes be heard the next street over! I wasn’t sure how anybody would think of that idea, but the few who have mentioned it seem favourable. I wonder how I can try to get a nation-wide movement going? Just between us, I donated the $80 I would have spent on the microwave to a local foodbank that is helping the unpaid workers. It isn’t much, but what if even half the families in this country could give a mere $80? I must ponder on this one … 🤔

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      • Wrong on 1 count, Jill, $80 is not a mere amount. To the people most willing to give, those at or below the poverty line, $80 is a substantial amount, more than 1 days wages, if they are lucky enough to be working.
        There is an upside to this situation, 833,000 people–and their families–are learning what it is to be poor. Maybe, when they do start getting paid again, they will remember the poor and homeless, and be compassionate towards them. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the teeth to el dumpo.
        Meanwhile, call for a boycott of all air carriers too. The fact they are more dangerous these days is only part of that situation. If they start losing money, their lobbyists would be camping out at the Whitehouse, and they have a lot more clout than do 1,000,000 American consumers.

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        • Well, it’s all relative, and I was looking at it more from the perspective of the federal worker whose average paycheck likely amounts to … say $1,400 per pay, two pays a month. Compared to his normal pay, compared to the amount he needs or his rent/mortgage, electricity, car payment, medical expenses (they no longer have employer-funded insurance), and let us not forget food. So, compared to what he needs, $80 is a drop in the bucket, though many drops eventually fill the bucket. No, I agree that for many, myself included, $80 is a lot of money. ‘Tis why I haven’t already bought a new microwave, since mine has been melted for a year now. As I said, poverty and wealth are relative terms. You may be right that in the future these workers, having been on the poorer side of the fence, may be more compassionate to those in need, but frankly, I don’t have that much faith in humanity these days. I suspect in a matter of just a few months, they will have forgotten their plight and pain. Sigh.

          It would seem the FAA and La Guardia airport took care of that for us.

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            • It is indeed only a temporary (3 week aka 21 days) fix, and there is no indication that he is willing to make any compromises where his beloved border wall is concerned, so in my eyes, there are three possible outcomes on February 15th, none of them good. Sigh. Somebody please shoot me now. Sigh.

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