Wilbur Ross is disappointed

More on Wilbur Ross and “why don’t they just take out a loan?”

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday 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.

“I know they are, and I don’t really quite understand why,” Ross said on CNBC when asked about federal workers going to food banks. Ross is a billionaire and a longtime friend of President Trump.

“The idea that it’s paycheck or zero is not a really valid idea,” he said. “There’s no reason why some institution wouldn’t be willing to lend.”

Wellllll I can think of a reason. It goes like this: banks don’t lend money to everyone who asks, because banks are in the business of making money. They ask if you will be able to pay it back, and they seek documentation of any affirmative reply, and if they can’t find the right kind of documentation, they decline to lend the money. That’s a reason some institution wouldn’t be willing to lend. I would think a commerce secretary would know that.

Ross leads one of the agencies that is directly affected by the shutdown that began Dec. 22, and many of his employees haven’t been paid for weeks.

But they’re all fine, because they can all get loans just for the asking. Probably.

The White House is working to quell a growing anger among the 800,000 federal workers who are scheduled to miss their second paychecks this week, as many have begun calling in sick or refusing to show up for work. The Trump administration has scrambled to try to deflect the shutdown’s effect on the economy, but they’ve done this in part by requiring thousands of unpaid federal employees to continue doing their jobs.

Many of those workers are beginning to revolt, either calling in sick or saying they can’t afford gasoline.

“It’s kind of disappointing that the air traffic controllers are calling in sick in pretty large number,” Ross said.

Oh yes, how rude and disappointing of them to stop showing up for work when they’re not being paid.

This sort of grin-and-bear-it line is similar to the position Trump has taken, saying he thinks federal workers will make “adjustments” during the shutdown.

Sure. Just get out the screwdriver and give it a little twist and everything will be awesome.

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