Mick Mulvaney Segment During WH Press Briefing – Questions from Media…

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney attends the daily White House press briefing and fields questions about the President Trump ‘America-First’ budget.

Director Mulvaney does an exceptional job explaining the larger budgetary issues, priorities and squashing some of the more ridiculous media narratives du jour.


Regarding the non-discretionary side.  I would remind all:

Trump Economics – […] As the wage rate increases, and as the economy expands, the governmental dependency model is reshaped and simultaneously receipts to the U.S. treasury improve.

More money into the U.S Treasury and less dependence on welfare programs has a combined exponential impact. You gain a dollar, and have no need to spend a dollar. That is how the SSI and safety net programs are saved under President Trump.

When you elevate your economic thinking you begin to see that all of the “entitlements” or expenditures become more affordable with an economy that is fully functional.

As the GDP of the U.S. expands, so too does our ability to meet the growing need of the retiring U.S. worker. We stop thinking about how to best divide a limited economic pie, and begin thinking about how many more economic pies we can create. (link)

Wage rates are increasing as would be expected with inflationary increases in ‘non measured’ high-turn consumable goods.

Year-over-year same month comparable wage rate analysis in February showed a +2.9% increase; that’s more than double the inflationary rate measured by the Fed in the analysis which led them to raise interest rates .25% two days ago.

WASHINGTON DC – With the labor market near full employment, wage growth could speed up as companies are forced to raise compensation to retain employees and attract skilled workers. A proxy for take-home pay rose a solid 0.5 percent in February.

The annual wage increase is close to the 3 percent to 3.5 percent range that economists say is needed to lift inflation to the Fed’s 2 percent target. Inflation is already firming, in part as commodity prices rise.

Rising inflation, together with a tighter labor market, stock market boom and strengthening global economy, has left some economists expecting that the Fed could increase rates much faster than currently anticipated by financial markets.

The U.S. central bank lifted its benchmark overnight rate in December and has forecast three rate increases for 2017. (link)

People are coming off the sidelines to re-engage in the workforce.  This leads to less dependence on social safety nets, subsidy programs, and unemployment insurance distribution.

For every new worker, formerly unrecorded in the unemployment rate, who gets a job and pays taxes that has a compounding impact.  Tax payment to the treasury, combined with no longer a need to spend from the treasury on social welfare.  The savings are doubled.

It is the Trump economic expansion that will sustain the “entitlement” and “retirement” programs.   Follow Trump’s economic expansion plan and those prior fiscal concerns become lesser.   It’s a multi-step, multi-stage process:

  • √ Create the economic environment (meet with CEO’s – get buy in)
  • √ Deconstruct regulatory choke points (EPA – Pruitt)
  • Eliminate the significant drags on the economy (ObamaCare)
  • Curtail the expansion of government (Budget)
  • Apply new trade principles giving domestic manufacturers equity and level options.
  • Inject additional one-time investment (repatriation – quick start) infrastructure.
  • Restructure tax systems to push further long-term investment and growth.

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126 Responses to Mick Mulvaney Segment During WH Press Briefing – Questions from Media…

  1. Pam says:

    Mulvaney did a splendid job with his portion of the presser. He truly demonstrates that he knows what he’s talking about. He makes the lying MSM look foolish.

    Liked by 37 people

  2. A2 says:

    It has been reported that mysterious signs have sprung up from the swamp: Beware of the weeds, there lies the creatures of the swamp.

    Liked by 7 people

  3. repsort says:

    Love it.. If there’s one thing to worry about, it’s the BIG FAT UGLY BUBBLE popping before his plan finds traction. The weapon of choice for the deep state around the globe as it seeks to sow instability and bring about regime change is economic.. Why would they not leverage Yellen and this house of cards we have for an economy?

    I think President Trump is smart enough to know all of this.. Can he stay ahead of this, if indeed, this the last desperate move of the deep state against his presidency? Probably. He’s managed to stay ahead of em so far…

    Anyway.. I’m regular guy bangin on a keyboard in CO.. WTF do I know?
    Stay close to your peeps Trump!! Rally away!

    Liked by 13 people

    • Fe says:

      God is orchestrating the swamp to one by one drop their masks through the person of one Donald John Trump, the President of the United States. He will still be standing when the moaning, groaning, gnashing of teeth and the thick black smoke subsides as the swamp circles faster and faster down the drain. And PDJT would say, boom boom boom.

      Liked by 19 people

    • spaulj67 says:

      He will need to go back to constitutional money and devalue the international banking cartel fiat by 20 to 1. The trade off will be no more trade deficits which means energy independance. Or we become debt slaves to the cartel like Greece in which we are sold off piece by piece while a collapsing economy makes the debt to GDP progressively worse. I agree I hope someone familiar with bankruptcy does the right thing and sends these scam artists that have corrupted our republic since 1913 into the dust bin of history.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Sayit2016 says:

      In reality ” banging’ on a keyboard” is the most excellent place to be ; )

      Liked by 1 person

  4. sunnydaysall says:

    I never thought I would see this in my lifetime! A businessman running the country! And not only is a businessman running the country, he has taken us from “dead in the water” to “full sail” in a matter of weeks! Genius! We are now getting ready to leave the swamp and head for open seas… But there is still the matter of the vermin in our way! No fear! President Trump’s got this! 🙂

    Liked by 34 people

    • the5thranchhand says:

      Love your post! And, yes President Trump’s business acumen makes our heart’s swell with love for him and country (once again!).

      Liked by 17 people

    • The 2017 segment of our voyage is passing from the Swamp into the Bermuda Triangle.

      Treeper Lookouts are manning their stations.

      Trump Titans are charting our course.

      Trust in our “Captain Courageous” President Trump.

      Liked by 8 people

    • doit4atlas says:

      Nothing like a GREAT analogy. And to add to it, we have set sail, but we have stow-aways and RATS hitching a ride.

      Liked by 3 people

      • sunnydaysall says:

        Yes… We cannot forget those pesky RATS! I heard this morning that they consider Trump’s amazing budget “Dead On Arrival”! It’s time we make these RATS walk the proverbial plank in 2018, and begin to set some term limits!!


        • filia.aurea says:

          Agreed, but term limits are not the solution. At its basis, “Term Limits” would allow our final term Congressional representatives to be unaccountable to us- they would no longer need our votes to stay in power. A better solution would be extending The People’s power of recall in every State.

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    • Sayit2016 says:

      Remember know it all libs saying “the country can not be run like a business” ? Upon reflection I realize the reason they said this, is they have NEVER run a business.They would not have the first clue on how to do it. Budget ? really ? 5 year plan ? Really ? Reviewing policies that are not productive ? Really ?

      Yes, Virginia… REALLY.

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  5. CheshireCat says:

    If GDP growth hist 4%, cornered democrats will be driven completely mad.

    Liked by 13 people

  6. fleporeblog says:

    Mulvaney seems to really enjoy his new job. I think our President realized that if he could take him out of congress and keep a tight leash around his neck, this man was made for the job. He knows how Congress works and he is very articulate anytime he speaks to the press. I think the press is freightened by him because they don’t know how to balance their own check books. I als o love the way he writes down the name of every single reporter that asks him a question. That puts them on notice.

    The best part of the Q & A was when he slapped down the reporter talking about meals on wheels by countering about the mother with 2 kids that is barely making end meat and her concerns about how the government spends her tax dollars. That type of pushback is so effective because it takes them from being on the offensive to being on the defensive.

    I am really impressed with him but will keep my eyes on him going forward.

    Liked by 35 people

    • WSB says:

      Mulvaney is great. He keeps the professing at about a 16 year old level which fits the briefing room perfectly.

      Liked by 8 people

    • JC says:

      Yes to all, Flepore – good post. Writing names of reporters down and extremely quick straight-arm rejoinders were pure genius and enormously satisfying to watch.

      “Frightened by him because they don’t know how to balance their own check books.” Hehe.

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    • Another point on the after-school programs:- “studies show” kids do benefit. Not true. I’ve looked at those education “studies.” Most do not report actual, you know, results – increased enrollment and graduation and improved grades. No indeed.
      In education-land, a “successful program” is one that people like. You think I’m kidding?

      Just ask for the actual studies the justifications are based on. I did just that once on a new math curriculum. I was stunned to find the allegedly measured “success” was based on whether teachers “liked” the materials. Seriously.

      Liked by 3 people

      • sunnydaysall says:

        In my neck of the woods, the afterschool programs are just free daycare for some, and daycare for others… The kids are actually not doing any school work!

        Liked by 1 person

  7. SoCal Patriot says:

    That was impressive. He had great control of not only the numbers, but the strategies behind the priorities. I can see why DJT wanted him in that position.

    Liked by 20 people

  8. emet says:

    Remember, don’t breathe the swamp gas.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Jeffrey Leyerle says:

    “We stop thinking about how to best divide a limited economic pie, and begin thinking about how many more economic pies we can create.”

    Here at CTH, Sundance creates very tasty pies.

    The above quote is a wonderful transformation of thinking. This is the kind of change that has potential to empower an American to truly open up and become a great creators, rather than waiting around for the next government welfare handout. It takes constant practice and experimentation to turn our thinking around, create good things, and be a citizen who adds value to other people’s lives.

    Mulvaney is rockin’ it at the OMB. Enjoy his style and knowledge.

    Liked by 11 people

    • RichieM says:

      Very impressed with Mulvaney. Wish they were all this good.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Rush Limbaugh states this fact all of the time….he warns his listeners to not fall into the trap of thinking that the pie is a certain size and the portions will have to become smaller….he tells them that the pie is infinitely large….there is not limit to the size of the pie.

      Liked by 2 people

      • harrietht3 says:

        In fact, as your comment alludes to, the ever-decreasing pie (economic contraction) ultimately guarantees social unrest, as the layabouts bleed off both the wealth and the motivation to work of the producers.

        It’s a sure recipe for civil unrest, poverty, and broken lives. And I don’t doubt for a minute that the Nancy Pelosies of the left would welcome such a dark future for America.

        Liked by 3 people

        • Wavetheshales says:

          That’s what the Community-(dis)Organiser-In-Chief wanted, in other words, Cloward-Pivven. Economic turmoil and social unrest to bring down a country.

          Honest folks WANT to work, and have a job. President Trump and his administration are making that possible.

          And the swamp will boil off into insignificance, irrelevance, desuetude, and self-pity, and will consume themselves in their hate and envy. Good riddance to bad people. They won’t be missed.

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      • Marti says:

        Totally agree. It’s called a dynamic model, which all of us should use in conversation more. Liberals like to use the static model construct as it fits into their meme, but is not reality – well, maybe it is when they’re running things – ha !

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        The PIE’s the limit ! MAGA ; )


    • xyzlatin says:

      The experience is that any entitlement program given out by governments when they get a bigger pie in good times never gets taken back in bad times. See Greece. See any Western country. Parties that propose it just don’t get voted into power, no matter how badly the country is run.

      Liked by 2 people

  10. Disgusted says:

    Mulvaney is such a super star! Where has this guy been and why isn’t he a household name? I’m totally overwhelmed with how competent, articulate, super bright, and capable of handling these nobodies trying to win their asinine points he is!: climate change,[fttt] Oh some seniors won’t get meals on wheels because of Trump, etc. Somehow, if my job entailed taking this guy’s time up in a room FULL of people and in front of the whole nation, I hope I’d ask a smart question which I’d done my research to prepare for it and be prepared properly for my moment. Apparently I wouldn’t fit in with this group. Ben Carson had me all this time, but now he’ll have to share the limelight with Mick. So happy he’s on our team!

    Liked by 8 people

    • dbethd says:

      Often times there are truly great power houses hidden under bad/corrupt leadership.


    • Ah, yes! Climate change! The elites have NO IDEA how the rest of us look at CC. We know it is a crock, based on non-existent numbers (hmm, kinda like the “unnamed sources,” eh?) and made-up disasters – always someway far away from where you are.


  11. ediegrey says:

    Mulvaney sure knows his stuff, very impressive.! He didn’t let them tell their sob stories – he handled them swiftly and definitively – new sheriff in town!

    Liked by 6 people

  12. The uni-party will latch onto the “Meals on Wheels” program to try and paint PDJT as cold-hearted.
    When speaking to your friends and this subject comes up let them know that Washington gives the States money and it’s they that decide whether to fund the program or not…don’t let them get away with turning this on PDJT.
    If the States were to do a little budgetary house cleaning I’m sure that they’d find enough money to keep all existing programs funded.
    Mulvaney did a great job and seemed confident and knowledgeable and I loved the way he took down each reporter’s name….it puts them on notice that someone is “taking names”.

    Liked by 9 people

    • Piper says:

      I was definitely glad to hear how that was explained just for that reason. You are right, I knew that was how the media was going to spin!

      Liked by 5 people

    • snaggletooths says:


      this here is the truth about meals on wheels the government money they receive is only 3.3 % of what they bring in they have donations and other funding, the libs ignore this.

      Liked by 6 people

      • tappin52 says:

        When my Grandmother was in need of assistance after surgery, I arranged for her to have meals on wheels for a time. It is not a free service, I paid for it.

        Liked by 4 people

        • snaggletooths says:

          Libs are going crazy with the meals on wheels talking point when in fact they do get funding from other sources . I think with this program and many others we will see more private sector donations popping up, I had no idea some paid the program like you did.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Daniel says:

            They depend on people not doing what the people here did… homework/research. Their Meals on Wheels bit is a claim of “hates the elderly/handicapped” is yet another narrative they are going to try to spin.

            I have it on good assumption that Trump only dislikes the elderly and handicapped when it is a senator from Arizona.

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        • Janice says:

          Meals on wheels in California is a p&j sandwich. Terrible program. Increase food stamps for the elderly! My soc sec is $893 a mo and I qualify for $30 food stamps a mo. The foreigners get $800 mo food stamps drive escalades they force us into meals on wheels.


          • Kintbury says:

            There is some hope on the horizon. As Mr Trump has said that he will also target illegal aliens on welfare as well as criminals, they are now taking themselves off of food stamps.


      • At one point in my life I had some free time and needed an activity so I volunteered to work at a facility that fed seniors on a daily basis and also provided them with activities.
        I learned much about how the government operates these places.

        Our senior center was in fact run by a non-profit that contracted with the State to provide services for seniors.
        We had a great volunteer network and because of that we increased our daily average for feeding seniors from 16 people per day to an average of 100 per day.

        The meals were free but there was a voluntary donation of $1.50 per meal….if you had you could pay but if you had no money or didn’t want to pay that was alright too.

        Because of our increased daily head count and other activities such as bingo we were actually able to turn a profit.

        Other directors of senior centers came to visit us to see how we did it…we were the benchmark that all others strived for.

        That’s when the politicians got involved….they cut our funding and told us since we were so successful we could have a ballot proposal to take local taxes to pay for the services.
        I fought long and hard against this….why?….because all of the people that worked for the non-profit had luxury vehicles and bloated salaries….we had to scrimp and save and work hard to make our senior center a profitable success….and as soon as we did they wanted to shut us down and take our funding away.
        They wanted to be perceived as in need of perpetual funding…they couldn’t have the public find out that if they cut out the waste they could provide more services….it was always them taking the cream off of the top and then the citizens getting what was left over.
        I was successful in getting the tax initiative stopped and guess what…the senior center suffered no loss of funds….the top cats just got to take home less for themselves…I’ve always been suspicious of “non-profits” ever since….I feel that they are just a way for some to legally steal from the citizenry.

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    • Earlier on Breitbart’s comments all I heard was Meals on Wheels! Now I can answer them!


      • In the Sorry district where I live, meals on wheels is funded by Community Block Grants, Salvation Army, and take donations for meals. But no matter, as they were under investigation and over a dozen people were caught embezzling millions from this organ that funded meals, early childhood, developmentally delayed adults, and the elderly. They got a slap on wrist and a few spent minimum time in jail with most under home supervision. They have low fines. The program has never been up to speed since last fall, don’t answer their phones, and it must be business as usual, as they are too big to actually meet the needs of constituents. Congressman John Ratcliffe is aware. Pure corruption applied to programs that are to help the most vulnerable.

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      • Wavetheshales says:

        BB is being overwhelmed by trolls (concern, ShariaBlue, and others) right now. Looks like Soros is burning his budget since he hasn’t had any demos to fund lately.

        He’ll be burning forever unless he repents and accepts salvation…..

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  13. Southern Son says:

    I am much less the Idiot, when I read your
    Enlightening explanations Sundance.
    Thank You!

    Liked by 5 people

  14. parteagirl says:

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  15. Piper says:

    I’m finally learning how our government SHOULD be spending our money and how it all works- this is why I hang out on a branch in the treehouse! That said, I work for one of the smallest libraries in TN and read this morning of federal cuts to Museums and libraries. I got a shiver down my spine. We are in a very rural area, many in our community rely on the library for internet that they cannot get at home. Also we provide many Enrichment Programs to the community. We are also a sort of community center for our small town. The state provides much of the funding that helps us operate. State money helps provide us with computers and other technology. I never really gave it much thought about where the state gets that money! I will definitely be learning where it comes from now! I love my job and hope that this is not going to have a significant effect on us. I really hope that I did not just elect myself out of a job😬

    Liked by 1 person

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Piper…. Libraries are the underpinning of education and President Trump sees education as an important key for MAGA. Therefore, I’m confident he understands the need for libraries in small towns like yours. That attitude will be reflected in your state’s budget. That’s how I see it and I hope that helps you fend off worry.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Janie M. says:

      I think what is important, Piper, is how is your state allocating all the federal funding it gets. Are they taking a portion to fund pet projects instead of giving the community the entirety to which they are entitled for bona fide programs.

      Liked by 2 people

    • mdaush says:

      Piper, I live in the largest city in Tennessee and see how much of our state money is wasted on programs. In the end, the citizens in other states are not responsible for Tennessee citizens except for defense, interstate highways and the administration of of programs like social security.
      What we are seeing with the Trump budget process is we are realizing hos much money goes out to the states for programs the people of America never bought into. In the end, most of it has been done to buy votes, the worth of many of these programs is speculative at best.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Don’t worry, Piper. Regular libraries (county and city) are funded by cities and counties. The State Library is funded by the state. Now the feds may send some money to the States, but it is a small portion of the total budget, just like the Meals on Wheels.

      Surely, libraries can find 3.5% to cut? And don’t even give a thought to school libraries! Schools get more money than they know what to do with. Don’t believe the poor-mouthing. Check the Annual Budget and Audits. You will be stunned. Also, check with local vendors to local school districts, who will tell you about last-minute splurge buying to use up the money in their current budgets!


    • john lorenz says:

      Having lived in the town of which you speak, I personally know the value of a functioning library. A library open to all not a subsidy as for NPR a decidedly close minded partisan group. Get the Friends of the Library to begin contacting state officials and Congressman Roe.


  16. rf121 says:

    I think he broke the record for the most truthfully answered questions by a government official in a press conference.

    I think it was the AL Jazerra reporter who asked about the famine/starving people in the oppressed nation of (fill in the blank) and financial support for them. Mulvaney said essentially we ain’t doing that anymore. Would have loved to have seen a shot of the reporters faces to that answer.

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    • JC says:

      Perfect, rf121: “…he broke the record for the most truthfully answered questions by a government official in a press conference”. It certainly made me sit up and take notice, and his 25 minutes just flew by. We’ve been starving for this for… ever, so thank you, President Trump and Secretary Mulvaney.

      Liked by 5 people

    • tappin52 says:

      That was my favorite answer.

      Liked by 1 person

  17. WSB says:

    I finally found the section in the EO of the Comprehensive Plan For Reorganizing The Executive Branch, signed on March 13. 2017:

    Section 1. Purpose. This order is intended to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch by directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Director) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and **eliminate** unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.”

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  18. Landslide says:

    Stellar, Director Mulvaney! Your 3 teenagers are fortunate, indeed, to have such an intelligent, articulate Dad. If I went back to college, you and Stephen Miller would be excellent profs! Thank you for using your gifts and abilities for our great country.

    Liked by 6 people

  19. fangdog says:

    The press is not used to hearing it from a member of government doing something for the American people and not for themselves.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. NJF says:

    Hubby just got home from a business trip and I said “you missed one of the most epic press briefings in the history of press briefings!”

    Sean did great as well, but he tends to get a little too hyper and it takes away from the message.

    Mulvaney knocked it out of the park AND took names.

    I especially loved when one of the nitwits would ask a ridiculous question, and he began his answer with “you know this…”

    Or put another way, “stop with your BS.”

    Liked by 10 people

  21. Enlightened Vulgarian says:

    Note to Sean Spicer: This is how you handle the media pukes when you are conducting a press briefing. Now, what’s it gonna be tomorrow…Jameson or Bushmills?

    Liked by 3 people

  22. Finalage says:

    As we go, Trump is going to be cutting much more from the government. This was just a first stab. MAGA!!

    Liked by 1 person

  23. 4bleu says:

    Real People!
    Love it!


  24. Marti says:

    Wow, that’s how to handle those Left wing monkeys ! Very impressive !

    Liked by 1 person

  25. free73735 says:

    Another, note to Sean Spicer: Continue being yourself, functioning in the God given talents & skills, you have been blessed with. President Trump picked you for this position, after much consideration, thought & insight, as to what this position requires. I actually look forward to press conferences now. 😊

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  26. Marti says:

    Did you notice all of those Leftie Loons wilt into a hapless heap after Mulvaney’s brilliant rejoinders? It was terrific !

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  27. KBR says:

    I think the Meals on Wheels topic will continue to be pushed by the media as if it were a Federal program.

    And I think we should watch the states with Dem Governors and/or Dem State Congressional Majorities, and some Rino Govs too, as they continue to take whatever Federal $ they will receive:

    these states are likely to cut Meals on Wheels just for the purpose of getting their people angry.

    Would States harm their elderly poor just for politics? You betcha!

    We need to keep the blame where it belongs: the States!

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  28. trumpsbamagirl says:

    I loved his remarks about the school programs not showing any indication of increasing student performance. I see kids every day getting free or reduced lunch while wearing $250 shoes holding $600 iphones then being picked-up from school in their mother’s Cadillac Escalade. It really burns my butt!

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  29. tommyd22 says:

    The elephant in the room will be getting congress to pass some resemblance of President Trump’s budget… This proposed budget is like trying to make congress read ancient Greek.. While President Trump’s proposed initial budget makes perfect sense to many of us out here in the real world Trump’s budget will read like it is from another planet to the lawmakers..


    • Landslide says:

      Just had that conversation with my husband yesterday. The decades of corruption and move toward the left, culminating with Obama’s damage, has made someone with Trump’s (& ours) ideas seem incomprehensible. To us, it’s just simple common sense. Thank God for hearing our prayers and helping DJT each and every day.

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  30. Lburg says:

    This entire discussion is a teachable moment for our children and grandchildren. Even the little ones, given a stack of pennies to portion out, will ‘get it’.

    Going forward it will be my contribution to MAGA,


  31. Cowwow says:

    We knew he would be great at this job!


  32. Good morning everyone ☘
    Here in Pensacola this morning on a local online newspaper.. They have a story headlined : “Council on Aging Fears Trump Budget will End Program Funding”

    First paragraph reads :
    The budget submitted Thursday by President Donald Trump includes the elimination of grant programs that currently fund the Council on Aging of West Florida’s “Meals on Wheels” program.

    But, so is that wording not true? It’s the state of Florida that makes the decision on which programs/funding?I think the word “eliminate” is throwing me off ?
    A lot of local people read that site..


    • Wavetheshales says:

      Someone made a comment above about this: federal contribution is around 3.3%, the rest is state, local, contributions, or fees.

      As usual, the YSM are clouding the issue, and their total ignorance of statistics and math in general lands them deeper in the muck.

      Maybe I’m one of the older ones here, but I can remember when the local communities, churches, and families took care of the elderly, widows, and infirm. Every time you give
      the government a chance to “intervene” you also give them a chance to CONTROL.

      As Reagan said, the nine most fearsome words he ever heard were “I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help”. To that I’d add a question, “whom”…..

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    • I believe they are eliminating the CBDG (Community Development Block Grant) Program. States and Cities that get money from this program decide how to spend it and generally a portion is used to fund social service programs. This money is frequently used as ‘seed’ money to get matching funds. So for the individual agency, the seed money equals a greater amount of money for the agency.

      In your example above, Council on Aging West Florida, the money is not funding the entire program; they are using the money to obtain other money or to supplement other money. So, it may be true, that other funding will dry up if they do not receive the CDBG money unless they find another source.
      I am very familiar with the block grant as I used to work for a city that received these funds and used some of them for social services. I monitored these services.

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  33. “As the wage rate increases, and as the economy expands, the governmental dependency model is reshaped and simultaneously receipts to the U.S. treasury improve” See Laffer Curve http://www.laffercenter.com/the-laffer-center-2/the-laffer-curve/


  34. VickyD says:

    Wow, all I can say is very impressive, Director Mulvaney … a job well done!!!


  35. wyntre says:

    And here’s Sean Spicing Karl.

    Liked by 1 person

  36. Angry Dumbo says:

    Mulvaney is GREAT on the budget. I think PDJT needs to go on the road to sell Trump Economics and it starts with SD’s definition above. A barnstorming tour promoting tax cuts and more take home pay would be tonic. Trump needs to spend less time in Washington and to get back on the offensive. Tax policy is a great place to start!


  37. litlbit2 says:

    Director Mulvaney hit it out of the park, as well as the many comments of the Sundance community! Thanks so much.

    Liked by 1 person

  38. dbethd says:

    Interesting that the liberal media is cherry-picking the programs that they are essentially charity. Mulvaney is explaining that the after-school program, for instance, does not deliver the results expected/promised.
    “But, but you’re getting rid of after-school programs for needy families! You’re getting rid of Housing and urban development funding! You’re cutting UN funding!” says the least liberal, liberal MSM.
    The government is not a charity foundation.


  39. Andrew Bogner says:

    I was very skeptical of this pick by TRUMP – however, as usual TRUMP is demonstrating his skill at 3D chess !!


  40. navysquid says:

    Love Pres Trump’s budget! He just exposed all the R’s out there that have been pretending they have been governing for the last couple of decades and “fighting for us”. Get off the crack taxpayer wagon!

    Mulvaney took many of the press gaggle to the Common Sense Woodshed! Love it!

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  41. Mulvaney did a great job with the press.

    I have an idea for Sean; why not announce at the beginning of the presser that only questions on the following topics will be taken today. Then. list out the topics for the day, ie budget, Rex T’s trip, whatever….I guess at the end, for maybe say three questions, he could say ok, anything you want to ask. The reason Mulvaney’s presser was so good is that the topic was limited to the budget and his area of expertise. Sean is letting the press take over…he needs to tighten up the ship and one way is to limit topics.

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  42. Tim cullum says:

    Mulvaney is from S.C. Our loss is the Nations gain!


  43. Daniel says:

    All of this thinking is nothing new or original. In fact, if the current breed of politician were in it to, at bare minimum, keep things running well this would be the economic policy of the USA forever and would have been for a long time. But no. This is about bankers and business people trying to get benefit at our expense through political influence. There’s a very, very long history of this.

    Trump needs to push for some Constitutional amendments to help make permanent what he will have accomplished by the end of the 8th year in office. We cannot let it get undone again.

    If Obama weren’t such a lazy golf/vacation addict and over-all hedonistic, arrogant jerk, he could have absolutely ruined this country the way he wanted to. But he’s not what anyone would call a hard worker, so undoing his ENTIRE presidency will be done in the first year even if the full repeal/replace doesn’t happen. And that will be glorious.


  44. 22CatsInTN says:

    Just now had a chance to listen to this. It is SOOOOOOOOOOOO refreshing to have an actual no nonsense adult who knows his business respond to these asinine questions. Wow oh wow. Are we in for the ride of our lives! The people in this nation who have never heard or had a real adult take charge before are in for some mighty fine lessons.

    My favorite part: he never for one second lent any credence to their apocalyptic dire scenarios.


  45. john lorenz says:

    So the economy CAN grow beyond a sub 2% average, generate jobs and tax revenue without the zero sum game limitations and identity politics of the Demsheviks. When it does they are through.


  46. redchick67SS says:

    Wow. Extremely impressed with this guy. He knows his stuff inside and out. THIS is how you make a budget. No more spending free-for-all. Like every day Americans…our government is going to learn how to do more with less. Not to mention the way he handled the press. I thank God every day that PDJT is on our side.


  47. dayallaxeded says:

    MM gave the right explanation for the cuts in block grants–they’re money given to the states to do with as they saw fit, but they’re not going to get it anymore, just as fed agencies aren’t going to get full, lavish funding anymore, if they don’t produce demonstrable results. The one suggestion I’d have for MM and other Trump spokespersons in future is to respond to these micro-allegations about minuscule special interest programs at various state and local levels by expressly deferring to the state administrators running the program. If they can show real results from the federal $ received, maybe they can get funded again. Ball’s in the court of those holding their hands out to take our money. All in all, still WINNING and ain’t the least bit, no ways tarred!


  48. Watchman1084 says:

    Meals on Wheels is abused like food stamps. My neighbors mother, who lives in Scranton Pa, gets Meals on Wheel which she feeds to her dog. She won’t eat them but her little dog loves them. Waste of my money but my neighbors think it fine to scam the govt. They get food stamps because he works “under the table” so their limited income justifies it, even thought they drive a fairly new car and truck and he just bought a small plane. Abuse abounds when it comes to “other peoples (govt)” money. Stop the abuse…the sooner the better! Also, stop giving money to our avowed enemies! How stupid can we be? Go President Trump…may Jehovah God protect you from enemies known and unknown hiding in our own government.


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