CONGRESSMAN TRICKS BUDGET EXPERT INTO ADMITTING LOVE OF MARXISM …
U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) has let his hair grow out a little bit, but he’s still the same establishment ball-buster we’ve come to know and love over the last few years.
If you’re a backer of big government, Mulvaney is – quite simply – the very last person you want to encounter at a congressional hearing (which the head of the U.S. Federal Housing Administration found out the hard way last fall).
Slice, dice, put ’em on ice … that’s how Mulvaney rolls.
His latest victim? Liberal budget analyst Dr. Jared Bernstein of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who appeared at a U.S. House committee on financial services panel discussion this week to testify on issues associated with the federal government’s $17.5 trillion debt.
Mulvaney addressed Bernstein following his testimony, and right out of the gate it got very good …
“You and I don’t agree on many things,” Mulvaney told Bernstein. “As someone who is trained in economics – not in music and social welfare as you were – to hear your comments on economics is sort of like listening to somebody scratch a blackboard.”
Mulvaney then offered up this doozy on the utter pointlessness of holding congressional hearings on the debt (an observation capably reinforced by the largely vacant hearing room in which this discussion took place).
“I wonder: Does it really make a difference? Are we really accomplishing anything?” Mulvaney asks. “We’re sitting here today we’re trying to make our points, the other side’s trying to make their points and … we’re not going to fix this. We’re not going to fix this.”
“We have a leader in the White House who refuses to engage,” Mulvaney said.
Of course the best part of the exchange occurred when Mulvaney finally got around to addressing a question to Bernstein.
“If I utter the phrase to you, ‘from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs,’ would you look upon that generally favorably or generally unfavorably?” Mulvaney asked.
“Generally favorably,” Bernstein responded.
Ah yes …
For those of you unfamiliar with this particular phrase, “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs” originated in 1851 with French socialist Louis Blanc but was popularized a quarter century later by German communist Karl Marx – who invoked it as the ideal of his fully developed communist society.
So yeah … Mulvaney just got this liberal economist to admit he’s a Marxist.