To the editor:
I was worried when President Trump hired Tea Party favorite Mick Mulvaney not only to be his budget director but to also serve as his chief of staff.
I have heard from several reliable sources that it is largely Mulvaney who is behind Trump’s current budget proposal, which would deeply cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. When he was a Congressman, Mulvaney was widely known for saying that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” that is “unconstitutional” and ought to be abolished.
He is an example of a growing number of national-level conservatives who seem to believe in — but won’t publically admit to it — a scheme of survival-of-the-fittest Social Darwinism whose ultimate goal is to see all federal government social safety-net programs abolished.
In addition to the Koch brothers, who at least openly admit that they want Social Security to be abolished, other such Social Darwinists can be found in the House Freedom Caucus and among the Movement Conservatives, including Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz and Mike Pence.
This is why there are many liberal/progressive Democrats like me who do not want to see Pence become president and who actually prefer Trump over Pence because Pence is much more conservative.
Stewart B Epstein