Mulvaney believes in social Darwinism

To the editor:

I was worried when Trump hired Mick Mulvaney to not only be his budget director but to also serve as his 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 effort to abolish the Affordable Care Act.

When he was a congressman, Mulvaney was widely known for saying that Social Security is an illegal “Ponzi scheme” and “pyramid scheme” that is unconstitutional and should be totally abolished. He was a favorite of the “Tea Party.” He also believes that the ACA is unconstitutional and should be abolished.

He is an example of the growing number of conservatives who are actually far right and radical right and who believe in (but won’t publically admit it) “survival-of-the-fittest” social Darwinism and 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 to it), many other such social Darwinists can be found in the “House Freedom Caucus” and “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 over Pence, even though we have a very low personal and professional opinion of Trump.

Stewart B. Epstein

Rochester

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