Based on what Trump said (out loud) he seems to believe that people who need food can just go to their local grocery store and get an IOU.
This might be true in some places as some grocery stores work with local food pantries in the wake of the shutdown.
But the idea that hungry workers in need of a loaf of bread can just show up at their local Shoprite or Trader Joe’s and just promise to pay the store back.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, an 81-year-old billionaire, said during a a CNBC interview about the government shutdown, he said he didn’t understand why furloughed workers were using food banks. (This is the same guy who held up a can of Campbell’s soup to defend steel tariffs.)
“Because, as I mentioned before, the obligations that they would undertake, say, borrowing from a bank or a credit union, are in effect federally guaranteed.”
Trump, speaking later, said Ross
“should have said it differently.”
Yeah. Or maybe said nothing. It WOULD be nice if grocery stores really did, as Trump said, “work along” with everyone who needs to eat, but that’s not the world we live in. Even food stamps were about to e cut off before Trump ended the shutdown.
It would have been even nicer, had Trump unnecessarily caused the shutdown in the first place.
Donald Trump, defending Wilbur Ross, says government workers not receiving a paycheck because of the #TrumpShutdown can simply convince their local grocery stores to “work along” with them. pic.twitter.com/bIvu2CJxHb
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 24, 2019
(Photo, YouTube; via New York)