Trump's Miscast Chief Of Staff

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney (R) takes notes as U.S. President Donald Trump leads a meeting of his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House January 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. A partial federal government shutdown entered its 12th day as Trump and House Democrats are at an impasse over funding for border security, including the president’s demand for $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — What is there to say about former congressman and current acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, other than he is definitely in the wrong line of work?

You may remember Mulvaney from his March 2017 proposal for major cuts in federal support to the Meals on Wheels program which provides food and emotional support to isolated elderly.

“We're not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people,” he said.

Setting aside the question of how a program that promises food and companionship and then delivers both can be described this way, check out how Mulvaney described that cut as “compassionate” because “we're not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore … unless we can guarantee to you that that money is actually going to be used in a proper function. And I think that is about as compassionate as you can get.”

In other words, Mulvaney wouldn’t know compassion if he tripped over it.

The other day, Education Sec. Betsy DeVos was echoing Mulvaney’s doctrine when she defended proposed cuts in funding for the Special Olympics.

These alleged conservatives, part of an administration that has driven the deficit sky high, have plenty of money to throw at the military and tax cuts, but turn stingy when it comes to the needy.

Yes, Mulvaney is in the wrong business.

He should apply for a job playing Mr. Potter in the remake of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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