To The Editor:
I was worried when Trump hired Mick Mulvaney to not only be his Budget Director, but to also serve as his Acting Chief of Staff. I’ve heard from several reliable sources that it is largely Mulvaney who is behind Trump’s current budget proposal which would deeply cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Mulvaney is also behind Trump’s efforts to abolish the Affordable Care Act.
When he was a Congressman, Mulvaney was widely known for saying that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and “pyramid scheme” that was unconstitutional and should be abolished. He was a favorite of The Tea Party.
He is an example of the growing number of national conservatives who are actually (but won’t publicly admit it) “Survival-of-the-Fittest” Social Darwinists whose ultimate goal is to see all Federal government social programs abolished. They don’t believe that the Federal Government should spend one cent on helping anyone (except for corporations, of course).
In addition to the Koch brothers (who at least openly admit that they want Social Security to be abolished), other such Social Darwinists can be found in “The House Freedom Caucus” and among “The Movement Conservatives” (which includes Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, and Mike Pence).
This is why there are many “liberal/progressive” Democrats like myself who do NOT want to see Pence become President and actually prefer Trump even though we have a very low personal and professional opinion of him.
STEWART B. EPSTEIN
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