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
Secretary 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.
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!