This is an excerpt from the 2018 Steve Dustcircle book, Trump’s Cabinet: The Rise of Each Appointed Deplorable, available in ebook and paperback from Amazon.com. The book contains links to multiple references and citations.
DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
The OMB (Office of Management and Budget) of the White House pretty much is self-defined, though few people even know the position exists.
The office has two jobs: to establish the President’s budget, and also to produce the Executive Branch’s fiscal priorities. How should the United States government spend and save its money? This is the office that answers that question.
A man or woman placed in the care of a nation’s finances should be trusted to make the best decisions for all of the country’s people, and if we are federally taxed, this man or woman should decide where the people’s interests are and invest in those things.
All federal agencies that represent families or interest groups must go to the OMB to ask for funding—and that new secretary would be Mike Mulvaney.
The director of the OMB should show an interest in maintaining a consistent spending budget, but Mulvaney has had little interest in the past about these matters. He’s also shown an interest in cutting vital programs that could have a devastating effect on our national economy.
He also forgot to pay taxes on at least one “household employee,” a nanny. While he laughed and tried to downplay this situation, it’s a heavy source of embarassment to him and his party who depend heavily on getting Americans to dislike foreigners and those who employ them.
Mick Mulvaney become a member of Congress in 2010 during the Tea Party craze and claims to be anti-government, and seems to be a sort of Republican Paul Ryan’s lap dog.
Mulvaney is known to have fought against Social Security for seniors who have paid into it for their entire work lives. He has called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” Mulvaney has also fought against Medicare benefits for seniors in 2011, calling for an “end Medicare as we know it.” What he wants to do is essentially privatize Medicare and raise the retirement age. By removing or slicing up Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare, he claims that it will be the best way to balance the budget. He calls these aids, “entitlements.” Interestingly, President Trump was against this sort of aid gutting.
In January 2017, Mulvane seems to have back-peddled a bit, saying that those currently receive Social Security won’t lose what they have put into it. But he won’t make the same guarantee of these “entitlements” for younger generations.
Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan says that “alarm bells should be going off right now,” especially since Mulvaney’s mother heavily relied on Medicare before she died.
Mulvaney is against funding the health provider Planned Parenthood and often leads behind the front, Heritage Action for America. He’s also been against other programs that help Americans’ health, nutrition, and education. However, he proposes tax increases, which also seems to go against President Trump’s promises.
He has had the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, Obamacare) in his cross-hairs since 2013. Senator Bernie Sanders once grilled Mulvaney on the desire to remove that chosen option of health care for about 2.5 million impoverished women.
Also in 2013, when the government shut down, Mulvaney called it a “good policy” that it effected millions of Americans coast to coast who depended on halted programs and agencies.
He also felt it was “good politics” that it cost the country billions of dollars. With a shrug, he downplayed its effects.
Mulvaney is not known for being well-versed in climate science. Senator Tim Kaine grilled him at a Senate budget hearing about the effects that humans are having on the climate. Mulvaney tried to dodge the question, sidetracking with off topics and evasive comments.
While Mulvaney and others might agree that the climate is changing, most are reluctant to give in to the overwhelming evidence that the primary cause of the erosion of the environment is from burning fossil fuels.
While it isn’t a necessity for someone in charge of finances to be a student of environmental science, but it’s a concern for the one in charge of funding science and environmental concerns. Where funding is withheld or is given, there is also where the focus is on how businesses and corporations are ran. Elliott Negin of the Union of Concerned Scientists states that this is not unlike the days of Big Tobacco spending years and big bucks on suppressing the evidence of cigarettes leading to cancer and death, only the tactics are different.
Mick Mulvaney claims that through President Trump, there will be “fiscal sanity” restored in Washington. Though steady, the national debt is predicted to rise.
Hopefully, it will start with cuts with Defense and a withdrawal of troops (including his deployed son) in Afghanistan and Europe, as he once proposed in 2011, sending John McCain through the roof.
However, Mulvaney did admit that Pentagon funding and being pro-war is his number one priority. As the budget is due by March 31st, we will then find out what the Executive Branch decides on whether or not its priorities are the people of the United States, or their own agenda of empire.