President Trump’s Budget Director is not standing behind President Trump’s repeated campaign promise to protect Social Security. This is no surprise. Trump chose Mick Mulvaney as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), notwithstanding Mulvaney’s historic commitment to gutting Social Security and Medicare.
Vox reports that at Mulvaney’s Senate confirmation hearing, instead of supporting President Trump’s promise to not touch Social Security, Mulvaney spoke about his belief in the need to cut Social Security. In response to a question about the sharp contrast between his position and the President’s claimed position, Mulvaney said: “The only thing I know to do is to tell the president the truth.”
To be clear, Mulvaney’s view of the “truth,” would be deemed by many to be far from the truth. Just as we have the ability to fund the Pentagon and to support deep tax cuts for the wealthy if we so choose, we have the ability to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans and use that money to shore up Medicare and Social Security for all Americans.
Mulvaney wants to raise the age of Social Security eligibility, leaving people in their early sixties who are unable to find gainful employment with little if any retirement security.
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