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By Jon Keller, WBZ Political Analyst
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — Billionaire Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross has been getting a well-deserved roasting for saying in an interview that he doesn’t get why some federal workers who’ve gone without pay for more than a month now are turning to food banks and other forms of charity.
Since the government has guaranteed they will get their back pay once the shutdown ends, he explained, they should all run out and get bank loans, even though they “might have to pay a little bit of interest.”
Mr. Potter—I mean, Sec. Ross—has a point to the extent that some credit unions and banks that specialize in dealing with government workers are offering them short-term interest free loans.
But taking on that debt could endanger their credit ratings, and not all workers are eligible, especially those most in need.
Plus, the mere act of filing for and processing a loan might be too much for some workers.
Perhaps Mr. Potter thinks they can just have their secretaries take care of the paperwork.
I have a better idea.
Re-open the government, and begin the hard work of building more political support for that border wall.
Once that’s done, come back and try again.
And in the meantime, don’t even pretend billionaire hacks have a clue how the common folk live.
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