Branding / philosophical underpinning:
The official title of the budget: “A new foundation for American jobs.”
Mulvaney calls it the “taxpayer-first” budget. What he means by that: Mulvaney says the administration is thinking about the budget in a fundamentally different way than previous administrations did. Mulvaney says they’re now thinking more about the people who are paying the taxes — and trying to justify asking hardworking people to cough up money — rather than focusing on the people who are receiving the benefits.
The Trump administration wants to redefine what “compassion” means. Mulvaney says it should no longer be measured based on how many programs are in effect or how many people are receiving the benefit. He wants “compassion” to be broadened to include whether the government is ripping off taxpayers by using their money for ineffective programs.