They work along

Speaking of Mister Coffee and the price of Cheerios, I missed one of Trump’s explosions of stupid a few days ago, before he had to call off the shutdown.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross caused a bit of a stir yesterday during a CNBC interview when he said, in reference to federal workers affected by the government shutdown who’ve turned to food banks. “I don’t really quite understand why.” A few hours later, a reporter asked Donald Trump about Ross’ comments, and the president replied:

“No, I haven’t heard the statement, but I – I do understand perhaps he should set it differently. Local people know who they are when they go for groceries and everything else. And I think what Wilbur was probably trying to say is that they will work along. I know banks are working along of – if you have mortgages, the mortgagees, the mortgage – the folks collecting the interest and all of those things, they work along.

“And that’s what happens in times like this. They know the people, they been dealing with them for years, and they work along. The grocery store – and I think that’s probably what Wilbur Ross meant.”

Ahhh yes. That’s what happens. Your local Safeway or Wegmans or Whole Foods or Piggly Wiggly, which sees hundreds or thousands of grocery-shoppers every day, is eager to “work along.” It fills your shopping cart with Cheerios and steaks and the finest whiskey and it tells you not to worry about paying until you get good and ready. Then the Wizard of Oz comes along and helps you climb into the balloon.

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