Alleged president Donald Trump’s new budget proposal includes the complete elimination of federal funding for Meals on Wheels programs. That program provides meals for the elderly, veterans, disabled and Americans who are unable to leave their homes. It also provides some of the recipients with the only human contact they can enjoy.
On Thursday, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney defended the Trump administration’s unconscionable proposed deep cuts to social welfare programs, which includes Meals on Wheels and after-school services, saying it’s unfair to taxpayers if such programs don’t show hard results.
“Meals on Wheels sounds great,” Mulvaney said during the White House news briefing. “We’re not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people.”
The administration says the program is not cost effective, however, that’s not true at all. The organization says it can provide meals for senior citizens for one year for roughly the same cost as just one day in a hospital. In addition, the program provides meals for 500,000 veterans each year.
In order to increase defense spending by $54 billion, Trump’s budget proposes slashing funding for medical research, climate science, public housing, education, aid to the indigent, infrastructure, among many other things, according to NYMag.
On Thursday morning, the White House’s budget director Mick Mulvaney asked, “Can we ask the taxpayer to pay for this?”
“When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was, can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?” Mulvaney told MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “The answer was no. We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”
Mulvaney went on to call the budget proposal, “one of the most compassionate things we can do.”
He went on to explain that the budget proposal is compassionate to the taxpayer because it stops government spending on programs that he claimed were not cost effective.
“You’re only focusing on half of the equation, right? You’re focusing on recipients of the money. We’re trying to focus on both the recipients of the money and the folks who give us the money in the first place,” Mulvaney told reporters. “And I think it’s fairly compassionate to go to them and say, ‘Look, 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.”
The White House is actually arguing that cutting funding for Meals on Wheels is the compassionate thing to do. Seriously. pic.twitter.com/3u6znZRrAa
— CAP Action (@CAPAction) March 16, 2017
As far as military spending, this country is already spending far more than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, France, India, and Germany combined.
“They’re supposed to be educational programs, right? I mean, that’s what they’re supposed to do. They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school,” Mulvaney said. “Guess what? There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually helping results, helping kids do better in school… the way we justified it was, these programs are going to help these kids do better in school and get better jobs. And we can’t prove that that’s happening.”
Well, the fact is, that if a child goes to school hungry, he or she will be thinking about food instead of reading, writing and arithmetic.
But Trump supporters voted in droves for the former reality show star thinking that he’s the populist candidate who will have their backs.
Most of Trump’s cuts and his enthusiastic support for Ryancare will largely affect his own supporters. In response to that, the Mean-Girl amateur president said, “I know.”
It’s not like they weren’t warned before the election, though.
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