On Thursday morning, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — a man whose extraordinarily shady financial history doesn’t get the attention it deserves — appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to talk about the government shutdown. He expressed bafflement at the idea of unpaid federal workers suffering financial hardship, wondering why they don’t just take out loans.
“There really is not a good excuse why there really should be a liquidity crisis,” he said. “True, the people might have to pay a little bit of interest, but the idea that it’s paycheck or zero is not a really valid idea.” Told that some workers have been relying on food banks, he said, “I know they are, and I don’t really quite understand why.”
A few hours later, Larry Kudlow, director of Donald Trump’s National Economic Council, told reporters that federal employees forced to work without pay were “volunteering.” He added, as he stumbled to clarify, that they’re doing it out of their love of country “and presumably their allegiance to President Trump.” (If they don’t work they can be fired.)
These officials’ comments were just the latest examples of the blithe let-them-eat-steel-slats attitude that people connected to this administration are showing toward victims of the shutdown. On Monday, Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and the host of an online pseudo-newscast funded by his re-election campaign, said that the sacrifices of unpaid federal workers are a small price to pay for a border wall. “It’s not fair to you and we all get that,” she said in an interview. “But this is so much bigger than any one person.”
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In an interview that aired two weeks ago on PBS, Kevin Hassett, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, suggested that furloughed workers were fortunate not to have to use vacation days over the Christmas holidays. “And then they come back, and then they get their back pay. Then they’re — in some sense, they’re better off,” he said.
Trump himself has been unable to feign empathy for the 800,000 federal employees who haven’t been paid in more than a month, or the hundreds of thousands of government contractors who likely won’t be paid at all. Earlier this month he retweeted a Daily Caller piece, ostensibly by an anonymous member of his own administration, arguing that the work of most federal employees is worthless. “We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them,” it said. On Thursday afternoon, Trump told reporters that grocery stores will “work along” with people who can’t pay for food.
One effect of this government shutdown, now in its second month and without immediate end in sight, is to reveal the sham of Trump’s purported populism. It’s true, he’s able to connect culturally with some economically precarious parts of America. Despite being expensively educated, his worldview is basically that of Archie Bunker. He eats fast food, likes pro wrestling and has the terrible taste in interior design common to arriviste dictators. His vulgarity creates a kinship with people who purport to hate elites.
Yet in purely financial terms, Trump is as elitist as they come. Though he campaigned as a candidate of (white) workers, he has governed as a shameless oligarch. He has proudly surrounded himself with millionaires and billionaires, seeing their wealth as evidence of their worth. At a rally in 2017, speaking of his economic advisers, he said, “But in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person.” He has gone out of his way not to hire anyone who would actually understand the plight of the workers he’s holding hostage.
Contrary to Ross’s assumptions, it’s not easy for working people without significant collateral to walk into a bank and get a personal loan. “I don’t think a bank is going to lend to them, or it would be very difficult,” Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, told me. “To think that credit is the way out for these government workers is at best a real stretch.”
Some workers are members of credit unions, some of which are offering low-interest loans. Those who own homes might be able to borrow against them. Others, however, will be forced to rely on credit cards, which can charge double-digit interest rates. And then, worst of all, some will resort to payday loans, which can trap people in an asphyxiating cycle of debt.
Gary Rivlin, author of “Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business,” explained to me how payday loans usually work. If you take, for example, a 0 loan, two weeks later you’ll owe 0. “If the government is still shut down, you take out a 0 loan to pay back the 0, and now you owe 5,” he said. Some online outfits charge even higher interest.
As people miss payments on their bills, the financial aftershocks could stay with them long after the government reopens, assuming it eventually does. Diane Standaert of the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending says there’s a risk of “long-term devastation to people’s financial security.” A missed rent payment or bill can damage someone’s credit report for years, which in turn can make it harder to get a mortgage or rent an apartment. Some employers even check applicants’ credit history when making hiring decisions.
Ordinarily, one might expect a presidential administration’s leading economic figures to understand something of these financial realities. But if they cared about people who aren’t rich, they wouldn’t be working for Trump in the first place. The shocking thing isn’t their indifference to the misery they’re causing. It’s that they can barely be bothered to hide it.
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八十二期白小姐旗袍【北】【冥】【墨】【霆】【的】【手】【慢】【慢】【抬】【起】【来】【用】【沙】【哑】【的】【声】【音】【说】【道】：“【逸】【儿】，【父】【王】【求】【你】【一】【件】【事】【情】，【不】【要】【伤】【害】【邱】【泽】，【这】【一】【切】【都】【是】【我】【欠】【他】【的】。” 【北】【冥】【轩】【逸】【摇】【摇】【头】：“【父】【王】，【你】【没】【有】【做】【错】，【这】【些】【年】，【你】【一】【直】【都】【在】【保】【护】【邱】【泽】，【可】【邱】【泽】【却】【当】【做】【什】【么】【都】【不】【知】【道】。【他】【一】【直】【都】【恨】【着】【你】。” 【此】【时】【的】【苏】【小】【魅】【等】【人】【一】【同】【离】【开】，【屋】【内】【只】【剩】【下】【北】【冥】【轩】【逸】【与】【北】【冥】【墨】【霆】。
“【爹】！【爹】！” 【山】【林】【中】【突】【然】【响】【起】【来】【一】【个】【少】【年】【的】【呼】【唤】，【他】【的】【声】【音】【让】【所】【有】【忙】【碌】【的】【人】【一】【下】【子】【停】【下】【来】。 【牛】【大】【叔】【一】【下】【子】【紧】**【来】。【赶】【紧】【放】【下】【手】【中】【的】【活】，【朝】【着】【声】【音】【来】【源】【看】【过】【去】。 【几】【个】【背】【着】【自】【制】【弓】【箭】【的】【十】【一】【二】【岁】【的】【少】【年】【飞】【快】【的】【从】【山】【林】【飞】【奔】【出】【来】，【牛】【大】【叔】【连】【忙】【拉】【着】【福】【子】【问】：“【怎】【么】【了】？【出】【什】【么】【事】【了】？” “【没】【事】！【没】【事】！
【敌】【军】，【也】【立】【刻】【找】【到】【了】【报】【复】。 【寒】【烽】【等】【两】【辆】【坦】【克】，【在】【前】【面】【突】【击】，【后】【续】【的】【两】【辆】，【分】【开】【左】【右】，【对】【付】【敌】【人】【的】【侧】【翼】【火】【力】。 【敌】【人】【稍】【微】【反】【击】，【两】【辆】【坦】【克】【就】【盯】【紧】【了】【敌】【人】【的】【火】【力】【点】。 【消】【灭】【敌】【人】【的】【掷】【弹】【筒】，【迫】【击】【炮】【和】【轻】【重】**！ 【现】【在】99【坦】【克】【最】【新】【型】，【安】【装】【有】【火】【控】【计】【算】【能】【力】【的】【光】【电】【瞄】【准】【器】，【甚】【至】【进】【一】【步】【魔】【改】【了】【全】【视】【野】【动】【态】【可】【凝】【视】
【突】【如】【其】【来】【的】【转】【账】，【让】【李】【研】【一】【很】【呆】，【再】【仔】【细】【看】，【这】【个】【转】【账】【的】【户】【主】【名】【字】，【似】【乎】【叫】【周】【彰】【居】。 “【李】【先】【生】【怎】【么】【了】？”**【贵】【看】【着】【呆】【如】【二】【哈】【的】【李】【研】【一】，【不】【由】【询】【问】。 “【呃】……【没】【事】。”【李】【研】【一】【面】【上】【如】【此】【回】【答】，【但】【在】【心】【头】【琢】【磨】【周】【彰】【居】【好】【像】【也】【没】【欠】【他】【钱】。 【就】【在】【李】【研】【一】【满】【头】【雾】【水】【时】，【手】【机】【又】【来】【了】【一】【条】【信】【息】。 [【飞】【机】【延】【误】【了】，【今】
【央】【视】【网】【消】【息】：24【年】【前】，【广】【西】【来】【宾】【市】【象】【州】【县】【原】【马】【坪】【乡】【龙】【兴】【村】【发】【生】【一】【起】【驾】【车】【撞】【人】【致】【死】【案】【件】，【司】【机】【覃】【某】【龙】【案】【发】【后】【逃】【逸】，【仿】【佛】【人】【间】【蒸】【发】【般】【消】【失】【得】【无】【影】【无】【踪】。【今】【年】11【月】【初】，【警】【方】【经】【过】【长】【期】【排】【查】，【将】【覃】【某】【龙】【抓】【获】【归】【案】。八十二期白小姐旗袍（【修】【改】【完】【毕】，【刷】【新】【即】【可】） 【西】【南】【地】【区】，【茂】【密】【的】【山】【林】【之】【中】。 （“【中】【队】【长】，【非】【常】【抱】【歉】…”） 【听】【着】【通】【讯】【中】【来】【自】【部】【下】【的】【汇】【报】，【刚】【升】【任】【中】【队】【长】【不】【久】【的】【蒙】【盛】【有】【些】【烦】【躁】【的】【直】【接】【出】【声】【打】【断】【道】。 “【又】【死】【了】【几】【个】？！” （“【刚】【才】【的】【那】【波】【攻】【击】【中】，【我】【们】【上】【去】【了】【一】【个】【小】【队】，【折】【了】4【个】【兄】【弟】…”） “【你】…” 【听】
【第】【二】【百】【二】【十】【五】【章】 “【你】【干】【嘛】？【吃】【饭】【大】【姐】。”【习】【景】【山】【无】【语】【的】【瞅】【了】【林】【音】【一】【眼】，【一】【看】【她】【这】【表】【情】【就】【知】【道】【又】【抽】【风】【了】。 “【好】【嘞】！【大】【兄】die！”【林】【音】【一】【拍】【桌】【子】【重】【新】【开】【始】【吃】【饭】。 【习】【景】【山】【默】【默】【扶】【额】，【他】【这】【是】【找】【了】【个】【什】【么】【深】【井】【冰】【媳】【妇】【儿】【啊】！ “【嵩】【哥】！”【林】【音】【一】【大】【早】【去】【杂】【志】【社】【就】【碰】【见】【刘】【嵩】【了】，【一】【脸】【开】【心】【的】【迎】【了】【上】【去】。 “【这】【么】
【柳】【苏】【是】【一】【名】【散】【修】，【实】【力】【一】【般】【刚】【刚】【突】【破】【到】【练】【气】【中】【期】，【平】【时】【靠】【着】【自】【己】【的】【实】【力】【补】【贴】【家】【用】，【今】【天】【因】【为】【庙】【会】，【所】【以】【他】【带】【着】【自】【己】【的】【妹】【妹】【刘】【卿】【准】【备】【来】【吃】【一】【顿】【好】【的】。 【可】【是】【他】【没】【有】【想】【到】【刚】【进】【来】【没】【多】【久】，【就】【见】【到】【在】【剑】【州】【这】【片】【地】【方】【臭】【名】【远】【扬】【的】【孙】【翔】【宇】【也】【走】【了】【进】【来】！ 【这】【个】【时】【候】【要】【是】【直】【接】【走】【反】【而】【可】【能】【更】【显】【眼】，【柳】【苏】【只】【能】【让】【自】【己】【长】【的】【还】【算】【可】【以】【的】
“【找】【死】！” 【将】【领】【冷】【喝】【一】【声】，【挥】【出】【一】【鞭】【子】，【这】【一】【鞭】【子】【的】【力】【量】【要】【比】【刚】【刚】【教】【训】【元】【方】【的】【强】【大】【许】【多】，【很】【明】【显】，【叶】【笑】【的】【话】【更】【加】【刺】【激】。 【这】【股】【力】【量】【估】【计】【是】【想】【要】【将】【叶】【笑】【直】【接】【打】【残】，【尤】【其】【是】【这】【一】【鞭】【子】【还】【是】【冲】【着】【脸】【来】【的】，【这】【让】【叶】【笑】【立】【刻】【有】【一】【种】【叔】【可】【忍】【婶】【婶】【不】【能】【忍】【的】【心】【理】。 【本】【来】【这】【个】【时】【候】，【叶】【笑】【都】【不】【会】【动】【手】，【因】【为】【觉】【得】【自】【己】【需】【要】【在】【关】【键】
【暗】【夜】【梦】【魇】【的】【最】【强】【绝】【招】【出】【现】，【恐】【怖】【的】【剑】【雨】【朝】【着】【四】【周】【蔓】【延】【开】【来】。 【凌】【风】【三】【个】【人】【连】【忙】【躲】【避】。 【施】【展】【完】【这】【一】【招】【以】【后】，【凌】【风】【瞅】【准】【机】【会】，【直】【接】【冲】【了】【上】【去】。 【暗】【夜】【梦】【魇】【怒】【喝】【一】【声】，【挥】【动】【着】【自】【己】【的】【手】【臂】【朝】【着】【凌】【风】【砸】【去】。 【凌】【风】【身】【体】【灵】【活】【地】【就】【跟】【豹】【子】【一】【样】，【他】【直】【接】【踩】【着】【暗】【夜】【梦】【魇】【的】【手】【臂】，【飞】【身】【到】【暗】【夜】【梦】【魇】【的】【肩】【膀】【之】【上】。 【凝】【聚】【力】【量】(来源：段干锦伟)