Bernie Sanders Gives Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Epic Lesson on American Inequality

Shortly after the Trump administration unveiled its controversial budget proposal for 2018, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) totally dismantled the plan in a scathing op-ed


"The [$4.1 trillion] budget introduced this week by the Trump administration constitutes nothing less than a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, the sick and the poor to the top 1%," Sanders wrote Wednesday. 

On Thursday, the Vermont senator confronted Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on the budget's $26.7 billion cuts

Regarding "the cuts you are making to Medicaid, why are you going to throw seniors in the state of Wyoming or the state of Vermont off the Meals on Wheels program?" Sanders asked the director seated before the Senate Committee. "Why are you going to throw women and low-income babies off of the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Food and Nutrition Service) program at a time when infant mortality rates in this country are already high?" 

"Do you really think it is a great idea to tell a low-income pregnant woman that you're going to take away the WIC program, take away nutrition programs from children in order to give a massive tax break of $53 billion to the Walton family?" Sanders hammered. "Please explain your logic."

Mulvaney immediately dodged the question about slashing safety net programs—a plan that would actually hurt Trump's own voters the most. 

“It is mathematically impossible to take those general principles and assume their impact on a particular family,” Mulvaney asserted.

Sanders rebuffed his comment with an explanation of why the wealthiest .002 percent of Americans, which include the Waltons, would greatly benefit from Trump's plan.

"The wealthiest family in America gets a $52 billion tax break as a result of the estate tax," he explained. "Tell the American people why you think that’s good when you cut Medicaid and you cut programs for kids.”

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.