Donald Trump’s budget director put the final nail in the coffin of the myth of “compassionate conservatism” in an op-ed he wrote, published by the Charleston Post and Courier. Under the specious claim of “putting taxpayers first,” Mick Mulvaney defended Trump’s budget and attacked the very character of those who receive government benefits. “Taking money from someone without an intention to pay it back is not debt,” Mulvaney wrote. “It is theft. This budget makes it clear that we will reverse this larceny.” The Republican-held belief that those needing assistance are criminal or somehow subhuman is not a new one, nor should it come as a surprise. Nevertheless, it is rare to see that belief stated so starkly. Mulvaney compounds his lies by asserting that the budget is designed to help working families, in particular the working poor:
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