Popular vote loser Donald Trump's budget director, former House Freedom Caucus maniac Mick Mulvaney, sat down with CNBC's John Harwood to tell some lies and to boast about how he's going to manipulate an ignorant chief executive into doing the extremists' will. Mostly, he wants to kill Social Security, and make sure more money goes from the poor to the rich.
Instructive is Mulvaney's explanation of how he got Trump to break all his promises to the people of West Virginia by getting rid of the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Yeah, and my guess is he probably didn't know what the Appalachian Regional Commission did. I was able to convince him, "Mr. President, this is not an efficient use of the taxpayer dollars. This is not the best way to help the people in West Virginia." He goes, "OK, that's great. Is there a way to get those folks the money in a more efficient way?" And the answer is yes. And that's what's we're going focus on doing.
He exploited Trump's ignorance, gave him a load of bull, and conned him into breaking his promise. So now you get down to the meat of things, Social Security, and how he's going to get Trump to break his promise on that.
MULVANEY: We're working on it right now. He went through the list and said, "No, that's Social Security. That violates my promise. Take that off. That's Medicare. That violates my promise. Take that off."
HARWOOD: Is Social Security Disability on that list?
MULVANEY: I don't think we've settled yet. But I continue to look forward to talking to the president about ways to fix that program. Because that is one of the fastest growing programs that we have. It's become effectively a long-term unemployment, permanent unemployment program.