Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney asserted on Tuesday that President Donald Trump had produced the first federal budget that provides "compassion" for taxpayers.
During a briefing at the White House, Mulvaney defended Trump's drastic cuts to entitlement programs to pay for increased military spending, a border wall and sizable tax reductions that would benefit the wealthy.
According to Mulvaney, the proposal looks "at the budget through the eyes of the taxpayer" instead of those who receive benefits from federal programs.
"If I can look you in the eye and say I'm going to take this money from you so I can help this injured vet, I can do that in good conscience," he said. "I am a lot less comfortable to the point of not wanting to look you in the eye and say, 'Look, I need to take this money from you to give to this person over here who really isn't disabled but is getting a disabled benefit or this person over here who is supposed to use the money to go to school but isn't actually going."
Mulvaney said that the government would "no longer measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs, but by the number of people we help get off of those programs."
"That is the part of the budget that deals with American greatness," he insisted.
Mulvaney went on to say "you have to have compassion for folks who are receiving the federal funds, but also you have to have compassion for folks who are paying it."
The budget offered by the Trump administration aims to cut Medicaid by $800 billion, nutritional assistance by $192 billion, and $272 billion from welfare programs overall. Critics have pointed out that the plan is unworkable because it's paid for by a "$2 trillion is a double-counting error"
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