Representative Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) doesn’t know why furloughed government workers are worried about not getting a paycheck. In a post on his Facebook page which was later deleted and disavowed he told them that they should just go to the bank and take out a loan to tide them over.
This coming from one of the same people who is holding the country hostage over its borrowing policies it seems to be a bit on the hypocritical side. Isn’t that what they have been railing about, indiscriminate and irresponsible borrowing? Isn’t it irresponsible to borrow when you have no income and do not know how long you are going to be unemployed?
Eric Layer, a spokesman for the congressman claimed that it was a staffer and not Pearce who put the post up and admitted that it was a bit tacky since it is the fault of the House and not the workers that their paychecks have stopped.
In an attempt at damage control Layer said, “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.”
While this may be true it does not absolve the congressman of the blame he and fellow TEApublicans share for having caused the problem with their extortion attempt.
A spokesman for ProgressNow New Mexico, the group which preserved the posting before it was taken down, Patrick Davis, said that it is an illustration of how out of touch the congressman is with his mostly poor constituents. Pearce is listed as the 46th wealthiest member of the House with a fortune estimated at between $8 and $37 million.
As we begin the 12th day of the shutdown with polls showing plummeting approval ratings particularly for TEApublicans one might think that they would be a little more circumspect about what they say and what is said in their name. It is already looking like they are doomed to losing control of the House next November.