aside Wilbur Ross And Other Wealthy Elites Display Their Clueless Attitudes Regarding Gov Workers

It is unfathomable about how too many rich folks are so impervious to the suffering that is being endured by the 800,000 plus federal  government employees where they are being forced to forgo their pay checks or have them delayed, as of the 22nd of December 2018 with no end in sight. These missing paychecks affect not only the individual  public servants but their families who are dependent on theses monies; those business owners who cater to government workers; and to the American taxpayers who have to do without essential services provided by government workers.

As per a 1/9/19 CNBC report by Emmie Martin, “Nearly 80 percent of American workers (78 percent) say they’re living paycheck to paycheck, according to a 2017 report by employment website CareerBuilder. Women are particularly vulnerable: 81 percent of them report living paycheck to paycheck, compared with 75 percent of men.”

I don’t believe that most GOP leaders lawmakers get how their cavalier attitudes towards the very real dire plights of these government workers, are a bullhorn sounding alarm to all the hardworking Americans throughout all those red-leaning states, that the president doesn’t truly give a hoot about them and that his campaign rhetoric that he would never harm them, are nothing more than ‘fools gold’/ empty words. They’ve been sold a lot of BS.

The president’s base has been steady but he will lose those MI, WI. PA voters who had previously voted for a Democratic Party President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, but who had decided to take a chance in 2016 by voting for the Republican Party candidate Donald Trump based on his rhetoric regarding his intent to improve their lot in life. It was their votes that won Donald Trump the electoral college vote by less than 80,000 ballots which is a puny result when compared to Hillary Clinton winning almost 3 million of the popular vote.

Let’s start with some recent examples of tone-deaf rich folks:

There’s the president’s daughter-in-law and former campaign adviser, Lara Trump who in a recent interview with Bold TV, publicly declared to the hurting government personnel having to forgo their paychecks or have them delayed, the following:

” It will be worth it. Listen, it’s not fair to you, and we all get this, but this is so much bigger than any one person. It’s a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country.  Future Americans will be grateful for the shutdown. Their children and their grandchildren will thank them for their sacrifice right now.”

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Then there’s the freshman mega rich GOP Utah Senator Mitt Romney who’s currently supporting President Trump regarding his demands for added wall funding and the associated government shutdown. He obviously hasn’t learned the lessons when this cavalier attitude towards the working population was in full display, when he ran to be the 45th US president in 2012 and lost in part, because of a recording which went viral about what he thought of those 47% of Americans who purportedly don’t pay taxes.

The reason Mr. Romney’s words regarding these 47% of Americans, rang true in 2012, was because he had been speaking to a room of very wealthy Americans to where he was parroting their own words back to them. He was affirming their thoughts about the Americans at the bottom 50% rung as far as income goes. In short, he was empathizing with the same mega rich GOP donors who have been supporting the US presidency of Donald J. Trump.

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Finally, there’s the republican President Trump’s billionaire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross who shared publicly on 1/24/19, that he doesn’t see why there are lines of government workers in line at soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food banks.

He doesn’t even think that the 1st quarter GDP economic numbers for 2019 will be adjusted downward because of this 2019 longest government shutdown in US history due to President’s last minutes demands for additional funds for the construction of his US SW border wall from funds allocated by the US Congress.

Here’s the rest of the story…

On January 24, 2019, Dylan Stableford of Yahoo News penned the following report, “Wilbur Ross says he doesn’t understand why federal workers are turning to food banks in shutdown”


“U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday (1/24/29) that he doesn’t understand why some federal workers who have been furloughed or are working without pay during the ongoing partial government shutdown are having to turn to food banks and homeless shelters to feed themselves and their families.”

“I know they are, and I don’t really quite understand why,” Ross said in an interview CNBC.

“Ross, whose net worth in 2016 was estimated to be $2.9 billion, said those workers should seek loans because “the banks and the credit unions should be making credit available to them.”

“True, the people might have to pay a little bit of interest,” Ross added. “But the idea that it’s paycheck or zero isn’t a really valid idea.”

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Asked about reports that federal workers are going to homeless shelters to get food amid the shutdown, Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross says he doesn’t “quite understand why” because their backpay is “in effect, federally guaranteed” and they should “be able to get a loan against it”

“The commerce secretary also downplayed the number of federal employees affected by the shutdown, now in its 34th day.”

“Put it in perspective, you’re talking about 800,000 workers,” he said. “And while I feel sorry for the individuals that have hardship cases, 800,000 workers if they never got their pay — which isn’t the case, they’ll eventually get it — but if they never got it, you’re talking about a third of a percent on our GDP. So, it’s not like it’s a gigantic number overall.”

“Ross said it was “disappointing” that some of the affected federal employees ordered back to work by President Trump are refusing to do so.”

“There really isn’t a good excuse why there really should be a liquidity crisis,” he said.”

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A furloughed TSA employee at a food bank in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Photo: Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty)
“The comments drew immediate scorn online, with critics saying they show an administration out of touch with its own workforce.”

“At her weekly press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she doesn’t understand why Ross doesn’t understand the hardship of workers who are missing their paychecks.”

“Is this the ‘Let them eat cake’ kind of attitude or ‘call your father for money’ or ‘this is character-building for you, it’s all going to end up very well’?” she said.”

Trump himself has claimed repeatedly that most federal workers support his tactic of shutting down the government to enforce his demand for a border wall — including those directly affected by it. But a recent poll of government employees shows that few actually do.”

“According to a Government Business Council survey released last week, 71 percent of federal workers oppose the shutdown, compared to just 21 percent who support it.”


  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I truly can say I hate this people … they just don’t care!!

    “At her weekly press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she doesn’t understand why Ross doesn’t understand the hardship of workers who are missing their paychecks.”

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    • Dear Horty,

      We all knew President Trump and his billionaire/ millionaire class cabinet members were clueless about the harm they have been inflicting to over 800,000 federal employees by depriving them of their paychecks or by delaying their pay, but now, the chances of them fooling working Americans again, that they care about them, will fall on deaf ears. They are shooting themselves in the foot.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Gronda, I just said this on Jill’s post, so let me repeat it here. Ross’ 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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    • Dear Keith,

      These gentlemen are so insulated from the reality that most Americans live that they are incapable of empathizing. They remind me of those rich dudes in ‘Trading Places’ that like to mess with peoples’ lives.

      There are a lot of wealthy folks who do care, do lots of philanthropy but many of those working in the White House are missing that empathy gene.They suffer from that entitlement gene.

      Hugs, Gronda


  3. This reminds me of a case worker with the Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services. They denied me Medicaid to pick up my copays set by my Medicare Advantage Plan unless I pay $470 in out-of-pocket expenses per month. When making their decision, they do not take housing costs and special diet requirements into consideration. Their “spend down” is because my income is over the poverty level. When I told the case worker that I can’t carve out that much he began recommending a litany of other state agencies —- all that make decisions based on income, and all that deny services to those over the poverty level.

    Here I was thinking that I’m being punished for working and working long enough to retire with an income that pays my bills and provides me with something extra, to look at those standing in shoes of working and not being paid.

    Stupid us! I thought that requiring people to work without compensation was a constitutional violation.

    They are out of touch with reality and have no clue about the cost of living.

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    • Dear Xena,

      Dealing with bureaucracy is a nightmare but that is what most folks have to live with in their lifetimes. But if these rich dudes like the Koch brothers had their way, there would be no safety net programs. You’re right in that if you try to make a little extra, you end up being penalized.

      In 2017 I had to go through chemo where my copay would have been over $10,000 dollars. I was fortunate to locate a foundation which paid this copay. I wouldn’t have accessed the chemo, otherwise This was an eye-opener. If I win the lottery, I will set up a similar foundation as this is a direct way to save peoples’ lives.

      Look at what they’ve tried to do with Obamacare via GOP lawmakers for years. It’s a miracle that the ACA has survived because they’ve don their best.

      I have suspected that the real reason why there isn’t universal medical care or Medicare for all is because corporations like to have the monopoly on offering the benefits of health care insurance as a way to force peoples to keep working for them, limiting their options.

      Keep a diary of what you are going through. Your story can help others. I used to think that fixing Obamacare was the way to go but no more. I want Medicare for all.

      I don’t want to see any human being living in the USA to have to worry about their healthcare because of finances and I don’t want to see hardworking public servants having to go without their paychecks or have them delayed because of these rich selfish dudes.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Gronda, we don’t have Medicaid for all because that would effect the regulation of what pharmaceutical companies can charge for drugs. As it stands now, insurance companies decide on co-pays for prescriptions, holding the patient or guarantor responsible for the balance not covered by insurance companies. That’s a direct hit on the patient’s pockets and in the case with chemo, those co-pays go to the insurance companies. It has to be presumed as a reimbursement to them. With Medicare, providers and drug companies must accept what Medicare pays and cannot hold the patient responsible.

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