I know I've probably said this before, but seriously, get a load of this asshole.
"We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs," Mulvaney said. "We are going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off of those programs to get back in charge of their own lives."
That's Trump's Budget Director Mick Muvlaney describing his morally heinous budget blueprint as compassionate. Trump's budget proposal for fiscal 2018 calls for trillions of dollars of cuts for virtually everything aside from the military. It includes massive cuts for Medicaid, disability, food stamps and everything in between.
And, you know, to say that they're going to "help" people "get off of those programs" is a misnomer. It's not as if their proposal calls for creating aggressive job training or other programs that would actually help people find new jobs. It doesn't. There's no there, there. There's nothing that would facilitate job creation or wage growth. There are cuts and nothing else.
And to be clear, most people who receive assistance have jobs. The problem is they're paid poverty wages that haven't even kept up with inflation. Raising the federal minimum wage would reduce dependency on social programs more than anything else could, but Republicans are against that, too.
Hilariously, Trump and Mulvaney's budget proposal, which calls for cutting government spending by trillions, also predicts that these cuts will magically produce trillions in economic growth that will materialize out of the fucking Phantom Zone, or something.
Mulvaney also said their budget proposal is intended to benefit people who are "actually paying taxes" which is another misnomer. Everyone pays taxes, even people who don't make enough money to file federal returns. Every dollar you've ever spent and every service you've ever used in your life was taxed. And again, most people who receive assistance from the government have jobs and they pay taxes at those jobs.