Congressman Bob Goodlatte has issued a statement applauding President-elect Trump’s appointment of Congressman Mick Mulvaney as director of the Office of Management and the Budget.
There is reason to believe that despite Trump’s promise to protect Medicare and Social Security, Mulvaney has other ideas.
“We have to end Medicare as we know it,” Mulvaney said in 2011.
A Tea Party budget hawk who led the opposition to many of the funding compromises during the Obama era, Mulvaney vocally championed proposals by then-Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) and others to privatize Medicare or impose other major changes to the program. He relentlessly argued that cutting retirement programs like Medicare was the only way to “balance the budget,” the Tea Party call to arms. He hasn’t been shy about calling for a drastic refashioning of Medicare.
“Medicare as it exists today is finished,” Mulvaney said at a townhall in 2011. As OMB director, Mulvaney would have major sway within a Trump administration, and would play a key role in determining the administration’s position on mandatory programs like Medicare and Social Security, which Mulvaney once called a “Ponzi scheme.” The post requires confirmation by the Senate.
Does Goodlatte agree? It would be good to know.