It’s one thing to be at least partly, if not mostly, responsible for a government shutdown, but it’s even worse when one of the responsible parties shows the world the glaring disconnect that exists between the powerful and the powerless, and Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican from New Mexico, has allegedly put that glaring disconnect on full display recently as one of his alleged Facebook posts suggested that furloughed workers concerned about not being able to pay their bills should take out a loan to help ease the financial pain of the shutdown.
The nonprofit group called ProgressNow New Mexico circulated a screenshot of Pearce’s Facebook post on Friday showing him displaying his so-called, sound, economic advice to many of his furloughed constituents—asking them to call their friendly, neighborhood banks in hopes of taking out a short-term loan.
Pearce’s infamously now deleted post said:
“If you are a furloughed government employee, we encourage you to reach out to your financial institution as soon as you worry you may miss a paycheck. Don't wait until you are behind on a bill; call now and explore your options.”
Now expectedly, Pearce spokesman Eric Layer claims that it was a staffer that posted the comment, not Pearce, while other media outlets have given the credit to Pearce. After all, it's hard to politically distance yourself from your Facebook post that has your smiling face next to it.
Layer told The Huffington Post:
“Yes that post was in error and placed by staff. It was removed because it was wrong.”
“What the badly worded post should have conveyed is that many financial institutions have said they will not penalize people who have payment issues due to the federal furlough. But the important part is not to wait, but contact your financial institutions now, so they can adjust things.”
Now unfortunately, many of the people in Pearce’s district are among the most destitute in the country, so going to the bank for some kind of quick signature loan is not a legitimate option according to Patrick Davis of ProgressNew New Mexico.
Davis also pointed out how Pearce is ranked by Roll Call as the 46th richest member of Congress—worth about $8 million.
So with that kind of Mitt Romney Jr. money, maybe Pearce’s constituents should just cut out the middleman and bypass the banks and just ask him for a loan!
But when you look at Pearce’s alleged loan statement, it is very reminiscent of former, Republican, presidential candidate Herman Cain’s statement that he made to the Occupy Wall Street protesters back in 2011 when he said:
“Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself!”
In principle, that is exactly what Pearce's alleged statement is saying: don’t blame the furlough, the shutdown, or the reckless, uncaring, dysfunctional ineptitude of the impotent government, Congress in particular. If precautionary measures like the loan suggestion are not taken seriously, the furloughed workers should blame themselves.
In other words: “Don’t wait until you are behind on a bill.”
And then there is Mitt Romney, another Republican and former, presidential candidate, who told a group of students back in 2012 to just borrow money from their parents like one of his (Romney’s) rich friends did, Jimmy John Liautaud of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches.
When will some of these rich conservatives and their capitulating politicians like Pearce finally realize that most Americans don’t have a helicopter pad on the roof or a Mitt Romney car elevator, even if they are not furloughed?
An from the furloughed, to the evaporating middle-class, to the working poor, to the dirt poor, things like getting a loan or raising the household debt ceiling can easily be a rarely seen or a never seen option, and whenever Pearce and other Congressional members finally acknowledge this reality and end this furloughed, shutdown nonsense, maybe conservative politicians won’t be out sending people to these financial institutions where many of them have the reputation of loan shark central.
Just ask some of the people who were forced out of their homes by the not so lenient banks and then forced to turn to groups like Occupy Our Holmes about doing business with the gangster banks and the Wall Street crooks.
Now in the end, it is very likely that Pearce either made the post or approved the post, because it seemed at the time like decent advice, but once the blowback started coming it's time to abandon the social media ship.
Yes, some furloughed workers and poor people overall could consider trying to get a loan to help them survive, and in the meantime, Pearce and his Congressional slugabeds should consider doing their job, because asking one's constituents to go and ask for loans/debt to cover for the political gamesmanship of elected, non-furloughed officials should be an impeachable offense!