Checking in on Mick Mulvaney

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Compare and contrast:

Mick Mulvaney in 2015: “There is no honest way to justify not paying for spending, no matter how often my fellow Republicans try.”

Mick Mulvaney in 2019: “He also said the nation’s $22 trillion in debt is not holding the U.S. back. Quite a morning for the acting COS.”

I wonder what changed between 2015 and 2019? Hmmm . . .

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