Hardcore Teabagger Tapped To Run Budget Office

Politico reports:

Rep. Mick Mulvaney has been picked as director of the Office of Management and Budget for President-elect Donald Trump, the transition team confirmed Saturday morning. One of the founding members of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus, the South Carolina Republican is a fierce fiscal conservative. An aide to the transition team indicated Mulvaney would be tapped Friday night.

Unlike some Republicans, he has pushed to slash spending on both domestic and defense programs since he was elected to the House in 2010 — in contrast with Trump, who has called for boosting the Pentagon’s budget and building up the military. If chosen to lead OMB, Mulvaney will play a crucial role in shaping Trump’s early agenda, including through drafting the president’s first budget.

More from the Washington Post:

“We are going to do great things for the American people with Mick Mulvaney leading the Office of Management and Budget,” Trump said in a statement. “Right now we are nearly $20 trillion in debt, but Mick is a very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation’s finances and save our country from drowning in red ink.

“With Mick at the head of OMB, my administration is going to make smart choices about America’s budget, bring new accountability to our federal government, and renew the American taxpayer’s trust in how their money is spent,” he added. A founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, which pushed House Speaker John A. Boehner out of power in 2015, Mulvaney is an advocate of a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.

  • Oikos

    Here are the regulations teabaggers want to gut. They include food safety, civil rights, student loans, forests, etc.

    https://www.scribd.com/document/334225553/Meadows-rules-and-Regs#from_embed

    • safari

      Education and the environment are elitist.

      • PickyPecker

        C’mon….do we really need an environment anyway? /s

        • Todd20036

          Nope. And smart people are liberals, so we don’t need them either.

        • paganguy

          Look at it this way: if he continues as he’s started, we won’t need it for long.

        • Bill Post

          Look at those big liberals words. We just called it the woods

        • greenmanTN

          Breathing is highly overrated.

          • safari

            The free market will provide O2

          • Christopher

            For a price, of course.

        • David Walker

          Although the environment is discussed starting at 1:28, the lead-up is kind of important, too. Also, extremely funny. (This is a comedy team, just so you don’t, you know, think the honorable politician is real.)
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43lBiJIzEPk

    • Todd20036

      And the tea baggers won’t care so long as the mines open up.

      If the mines DON’T open up, well, so long as they get those icky libtards, everything is cool

      • Ninja0980

        That is a mindset our side doesn’t seem to get.
        What just happened in NC is all the rage with teabaggers and Republicans.
        They will NEVER be outraged by anything that happens and will vote for them again and again.
        Our side needs to quit trying to reach out to them and instead get our side to get the hell out and vote.

        • Todd20036

          That was Obama’s biggest failure.

          He tried to govern with them.

          It’s sad that that was a failure, but the GOP has morphed in to the fascist TOP. Trump’s own party

          They really are fascist. And you cannot negotiate with fascists.

          I don’t know if Trump or even Pence would introduce concentration camps, but I am pretty certain that his base would be all for it.

          • Ninja0980

            Trump was just the final result of Newt’s Republican Revolution.

        • Oikos

          Bingo. It’s like trying to convince zombies to stop eating human flesh-never gonna happen.

    • ZRAinSWVA

      That list is…horrifying. And the impact on the poor, and the lower paid workers will be phenomenal.

      • Oikos

        That is their goal to inflict pain and create hopelessness so those people don’t vote.

  • BobSF_94117

    They’re going to gut everything except defense. And the debt? Sell the public lands.

    • pj

      you forgot the tax break for rich people. they have been suffering you know.

      • Todd20036

        Basically anyone worth at least a million will be ok. As far as Trump’s economic policies go.

        Everyone else will be screwed, but some just don’t care, even if they themselves are worse off simply because they want “undesirables” to be worse off.

  • greenmanTN

    *sigh*

    I am so looking forward to Jan 20, when Trump takes his oaf of office. /s

    • KCMC

      oaf. perfect.

      • Bill Post

        He’s so saxy.

        • Todd20036

          That’s Bill Clinton

  • S1AMER

    Rather than proceeding with the Trump presidency, it would be kinder to just take the country out and shoot it.

  • AtticusP

    I read somewhere that Donald Trump is trying to get Cruella Deville to head the Humane Society…

    • David Walker

      And then there’s this. It’s not been confirmed. Yet. I’m surprised, though, that drumpf didn’t choose him for VA…he played a Viet vet with PTSD at least twice, so who would know better?

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4037802/Donald-Trump-taps-Sylvester-Stallone-arts-role.html#ixzz4T0z6QwKL

      Kanye, I suspect, couldn’t take the pay cut.

      • AtticusP

        I guess that Chachi wasn’t available…

        • David Walker

          It does seem like a huge omission, doesn’t it? And Chachi is certainly loyal. And an actor. Says so on his identifier when he’s on TV griping that a woman grabbed his pussy. Not a billionaire, though. And what’s Chuck Norris doing these days? Hell, he knows that karate stuff…perfect to defend the arts against the Chinese. Drumpf is just not thinking. (Yes, I know.)

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        She is quite cruelly fabulous

    • Frostbite
      • Jay Silversmith

        Well, they do share the same ditzy hairdresser.

    • Acronym Jim

      Next up, Trump will appoint Cliven Bundy to head up the National Parks Service.

      • tristram

        They’re gonna roll back Obama’s National Monuments designations, and, I would not be surprised in the least to see them selling some National Parks outright and selling/leasing outrageous development rights in others. Book your Yosemite golf ‘n gambling vacay now.

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      • JCF

        You know, I could entirely see this happening…

      • Paul David

        We can joke, but this really is no joke.

        One of our president-elect’s recent tweets spelled “unprecedented” as “unpresidented.”

        I mean, what the fuck?

        Plus, even NOW the media won’t portray conservatism as the radical, dangerous, undemocratic movement it actually is.

        • tristram

          That was a clever play on words. 🙂

        • Lantor

          Spell check is anti-Trump too!

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        Trump would never choose Lechtor. He’s educated, competent, and intelligent.

  • safari

    We are all Kansas now.

    • KCMC

      For real. Brownback called to meet with PEOTUS twice last week.

      • safari

        Wow. I was just being sarcastic, which is apparently obsoleted

        • Christopher

          This is the douchecanoe that just got elected to the governorship here in Misery. Something tells me that he’s gonna make Kansas look like the promised land after he gets done with this state.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf2Gai1uQYM

          We’re so fucked!

          • KCMC

            MO at state level offices went redder than KS. Beyond concerned here in KC.

          • Christopher

            Thankfully we live in STL so we have some insulation, but everywhere else…Well I doubt that I have to tell you what’s out there.

            Every single stride forward that was made for equality in this state is in jeopardy. Too bad we can’t afford to leave. 🙁

          • KCMC

            work state contract with youth in care of state. Foggy future at best.

          • Jay Silversmith

            Erect, I mean Eric….don’t look now, but yer penis extension is showing.

          • JCF

            …or penis compensation!

      • Mark

        I do believe they call him Gloria locally.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=355Fk8drgZE

    • Ninja0980

      Yup…it’s going to get bad, real bad.

    • JCF

      Deplorable!

    • Todd20036

      And has his health care as Single Payer through the federal government.

      • I know right…they got theirs and the HELL with the rest….

  • When Mick Mulvaney had a chance to vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, he voted no. Conservative Republicans introduced a watered-down version of the bill that pointedly excluded certain classes of women, but mainstream Republicans and their Democratic colleagues passed the original bill 286-138.

    http://mickmulvaney.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/10599151_728022637271291_7701660339918498060_n.jpg

  • Oikos
    • safari

      There is a reason Obamacare was structured as it is. The GOP just can’t keep parts

    • JCF

      *ouch* SO spot on…

  • http://mickmulvaney.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/2340-lobbyists-have-an-opinion-on-how-best-to-enact-climate-policy.jpg

    A look at the first of these filings from Mick Mulvaney’s 2016 campaign is interesting. In two days, October 25 and 26, Mulvaney’s campaign brought in $31,500 in donations of $1000 or more (and an as-yet-unknown amount in smaller donations). Of the 9 individuals who donated that much, none of them (zero) lives in this district. Two are Washington lobbyists. Three are medical professionals from Charlotte, where Mulvaney spent most of his career as an attorney and builder. Two others are in real estate in other parts of South Carolina.

    Most of the two-day treasure trove, some $21,000, came from special interests. The most generous was McKesson Corporation, a pharmaceutical company that makes hundred of millions of dollars a year from high drug prices. Ironically, their $4000 donation on October 25 came just two days before their stock price fell 23%, a response to “a competitor significantly undercutting our existing pricing,” in the words of their CEO. In other words: they donate money to Congressmen to make sure your drug prices stay high, because their stock price gets clobbered when prices come down.

    Payday loan company Axcess Financial (also known as “Check ‘n Go”) forked over $2000, putting them well behind their competitor Checksmart Financial, who has already given Mulvaney $5000 during this campaign.

    Exxon Mobil chipped in $2500 on October 25, as did York County’s favorite cable monopoly, Comporium.

    • David Walker

      Good god, man. You’ve done ahelluvalot of work on this. And it’s a Saturday.

    • The_Wretched

      I want a law where all electioneering funds must come from the district at contest. No more out of State funds for local races.

  • Gustav2

    It will be fun to laugh in his smug face when Congress raises the debt ceiling to pay for Trump’s infrastructure program. Teabaggers will have to eat it.

    • grada3784

      It will be the fault of Obama and Hillary. /s

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    We’re going to get austerity spending levels which, as shown by many european nations, makes things worse. Hopefully we won’t get another dust bowl with the great depression v.2.0

    • Gustav2

      The austerity pogroms in the UK should be noted as a cause of the Brexit vote.

    • BobSF_94117

      By “makes things worse” you mean gives more ammunition to those who blame the government…

  • Gerry Fisher

    Debt problem? Raise taxes (and cut judiciously). [won’t hold my breath]

  • If you want to put more stock in what people do than what they say, Mick Mulvaney’s record is clear, and it’s not a record you’d make an ad about.

    Mulvaney has never offered a single bill that became law. Not one. Zero.

    Mulvaney has never offered a single bill that even came to a floor vote, quite the trick in a chamber that has been in Republican control since he got elected!

    He hasn’t done much better on amendments. Since 2012, he’s proposed 18 amendments. Only 3 of them passed. If you counted up all the votes on his amendments, No votes lead Yes votes by a more than 2 to 1 (4715 to 2039) margin. Keep in mind, the Republicans have controlled the House the entire time.

    Mulvaney has introduced 63 bills. Among those, 44, or more than 2/3 of them, didn’t get a single co-sponsor. Not one person among the 434 other members of the House wanted to put their name on them. It’s hard to be that unpopular. On the bills where he did manage to talk a colleague into co-sponsoring, Republican co-sponsors led Democratic co-sponsors 386 to 26, marking him as one of the biggest partisans in the House.

    He’s allergic to compromise, even with members of his own party. Asked in May 2012 about finding common ground, Mulvaney’s words were plain: “Does it concern me that they’re negotiating with the Democrats? They’ve been doing that for the last 16 months. Does it concern me? Yes.”

    • Cuberly

      We’ll see how long this lasts. If Trump wants something and Mulvaney stands in the way….maybe he’ll be the first that’s tweet-fired.

  • Oikos
    • BobSF_94117

      Nice talking point about hypocrisy, I suppose, but they’re totally going to repeal it, damn the consequences.

    • Kate

      “Now they’re in full control of the House, Senate, and White House, Republicans are suddenly dragging their feet”.

      They don’t have the White House yet, and Trump hasn’t had one day in office. If they passed something today, it would just get vetoed.

      If you’re going to berate them for being slow, you should at least wait until the day after the inauguration.

  • Acronym Jim

    Frankly, I’m surprised Trump didn’t pick Grover Norquist to run the budget office.

    • JCF

      Wasn’t Grover #NeverTrump at some point?

      • Acronym Jim

        Quite possibly. That doesn’t mean he didn’t come around at some point like most of the other #NeverTrump republicans.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    …and the antithesis of cabinet selection process continues….

  • Ernest Endevor

    It gets worse every day. Does this mean that the US will default on its debt?

    • The_Wretched

      It’s a race to see if they crash in international finance system or get in a land war with China first. And as we sometimes say, “why not both?”.

      • paganguy

        This. Every time someone talks about how much there will be to clean up after we survive the next four years, I think to myself, we should be so lucky. I don’t think it’s necessarily a given that we will. Believe it or not, recent posts aside, I am not normally a pessimist. But I am well and truly frightened of what is on our horizon.

      • Lantor

        “Never get into a land war in Asia”

        If we do go to war with China (or Iran) we will be alone.

      • Ernest Endevor

        My money is on refusing to raise the debt limit and crashing the government. Trump has already told us he intends to scalp the nation’s creditors.

  • Wild guess: Not a single one of his multi-millionaire/billionaire appointees is going to take a pay cut for their government work. Us taxpayers get to subsidize their narrow-minded venality.

    Doesn’t America feel greater already?

  • Paul David

    Oh I am SO SAD that Racist Grandma and and Bigoted Uncle Jimare going to have to deal with all the ensuing budget cuts, and destruction of their livelihoods, and block granting of their Medicare into nonexistence that comes with all these Tea-hadists in government!

    So sad!

    Wait, what is that you’re saying? Racist Grandma and Bigoted Uncle Jim are the people who put Trump over top in the Electoral College?

    Wait, what?

    You’re telling me Grandma has a handmade sign that read, “get your government hands off my Medicare” she proudly waved around back in 2009?

    Wait, what? You’re telling me that Uncle Jim listens to so much conservative media he goes on tears about the evil of the “death” tax, even though he makes approximately $30K a year if he’s lucky, and that he actually thought Trump was on his side?

    Oh, well…..

    I guess in that light I welcome the budget cuts, and the elimination of Grandma and Uncle Jim’s free healthcare. I mean…if you are so FUCKING STUPID that you can’t even recognize what is and isn’t in your economic interest, and you vote en masse to fuck over not just yourselves but all of America, well, then…I’d say Grandma and Uncle Jim are getting EXACTLY what they asked for and what they deserve.

    Think I’ll return that sweater I bought Grandma, and exchange it for some cat food!

  • Paula

    So, being an ardent teabagger, he will serve without accepting a salary, right?

    • Robert Conner

      Well, duh!
      😉

  • J Ascher

    You can’t reduce the deficit by reducing revenue! Look for the budget deficit to explode over the next few years!

    • Cuberly

      Yep, and supposedly infrastructure and defense spending is a priority for Trump. …as Trump works to alienate China.

      It’s gonna be a clusterfuck for everyone except the 1%.

  • JellyDonut

    get ready for four years of suck!

    • Friday

      The damage they’re trying to do will last a lot longer than that. If you think cleaning up after Dubya was bad….

  • Friday

    So, between Trump’s promises to the ultra-rich and about military and infrastructure spending (Guess which won’t happen) and this guy trying to slice social programs, (inevitably of course just making it cost more later in prisons and emergency rooms and the rest) Trump’s still wanting to try and get that much blood from way too small a stone, namely what’s left of our social contract, not to mention loot Social Security funds for his 4 trillion+ in tax cuts to the 1 percent.

  • Michael Abbett

    $20 trillion in debt will look like the good old days after this administration.

  • rusty57

    I had family and friends who were posting some pretty heinous shit about Secretary Clinton and some appallingly stupid nonsense about Trump. Since the election they’ve all fallen silent. So, on my book of faces news feed twice a day every day starting 3 days ago, I asked all those who voted for Mr Trump to tell me why they felt he was the better candidate. No judgement, no snark, I sincerely wanted to open a dialogue with the people I know and love in a spirit of comity and shared concern for the future of our country.
    Not a fucking word from a single one of those people.
    I’d like to think that as Trump has announced his cabinet picks and department heads and the Republicans in Congress have announced their plans to finish off the safety net it has occurred to them that maybe the change in Washington they were voting for isn’t what they’re going to get.
    It’s cold comfort, but I’ll savor every single “I told you so!” as we all go down together.

    • KnownDonorDad

      But…but…emails!

    • kareemachan

      On another thread, I commented that I thought comments on some not-so-liberal websites were getting pretty damned defensive. Like they are trying to convince themselves more than anybody else that their god has an asshole of clay.

  • Piet

    Clearly has no comprehension of how government spending drives the general economy.

    • Lantor

      No, because the balancing a checking account is the same as running a (however many it is) trillion dollar economy. And I have no doubt that he’ll want us to go to the gold standard, which I’m sure Trump will love.