The extremely wealthy often claim to have a connection with working class people. It’s a badge of honor to be able to relate to those who are less fortunate. Many are able to truly relate, especially those who came from humble beginnings to rise to fortune later in life.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross made some unfortunate statements in an interview today:
The man that’s worth around $700 million doesn’t understand why government employees affected by the partial government shutdown are going to food banks and other poverty service providers when their pay is guaranteed. This guarantee can translate to bank or credit union loans to any federal employees in Ross’s mind.
“As I mentioned before, the obligations that they would undertake, say borrowing from a bank or a credit union, are in effect federally guaranteed,” Ross said on CNBC’s Squawk Box.
Given these words, this quote from the past is most unfortunate:
“The fact that you’re successful doesn’t mean that you can’t relate to working people.”
Apparently it does mean that, at least for Wilbur Ross.