The latest example of the evil that is Donald Trump is provided by what they are calling ‘The End of the Meals On Wheels Program.’
Seth Meyers (interesting how many Progressive commentators are in fact comedians) so well articulated the Liberal outrage over this act of cruelty his commentary was shared by Vanity Fair:
“Your heart is so small it makes your tiny hands look like catcher mitts,” Meyers continued. “Old people voted for you! Your key demographics were old people and older people. They believed you when you said you cared about them. There’s nothing more lowlife than lying to the elderly.”
Shockingly however, the Progressive hysterics over the proposed cut to Meals on Wheels may be neither accurate or honest.
As OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said in a recent press conference, “Meals on Wheels is not a federal program. It’s part of that community that CDBGs — the block grants that we give to the states, and then many states make the decision to give that money to Meals on Wheels.”
Conservative Review adds:
Stop there. What Mulvaney just said is important. The federal government cannot cut CDBG [Community-Development Block Grants] funding to Meals on Wheels because it does not give that money to Meals on Wheels. It gives that money to the states, and then some states elect to pass it along to programs like Meals on Wheels. To say that Trump’s budget blueprint targets Meals on Wheels for cuts is disingenuous.
Furthermore, there is a case to be made – and indeed has been made by the House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee in 2013 – that CDBG is not particularly well-run.
Congressman Patrick McHenry argued that “over the years, HUD has failed to adequately account for how taxpayer funds are being spent in the CDBG program, leading to wasteful spending on frivolous pork barrel projects…Although one of the three national program objectives for CDBG is that projects principally benefit low and moderate-income persons, critics have noted that CDBG funds often end up being used for parks, pools, street signs, and community centers, diverting dollars from those communities with the greatest need, particularly housing.”
In a recent blog post titled “The Community Development Block Grant Program Is Awful and Should Be Cut” Reason adds:
The big problem here is that “We help fund Meals on Wheels” is how the government sells the CDBG program, but how it actually operates in the cities and communities that get the money is far different. The CDBG program is chock full of cronyism and corruption and should be eliminated. Much like the corrupt city redevelopment agencies, what actually ends up happening is that this money gets funneled by politicians to friends with connections for various projects that aren’t really about helping the poor at all.
Among the examples of pork Scott Shackford, the author of this blog post, lists is $588,000 for a marina in Alexandria, Louisiana.
A marina, by the way, is “a dock or basin with moorings and supplies for yachts and small boats.” I had to look that up. As someone who has been as poor as the typical recipient of a Meals On Wheel dinner, I have had little interaction with yachts or where they are docked. Apparently the poor in Alexandria, Louisiana have more.
It should be pointed out that although Meals On Wheels funding may be cut, there is reason to think that the program will survive – even thrive..
“We received 50 times the normal amount of donations yesterday,” said Jenny Bertolette, vice president of communications at Meals on Wheels. These were donations to the national group, Meals on Wheels America. “Local programs fundraise individually, and we can assume that there was likely a groundswell of local support, as well,” she said.
The group also “saw an almost 500 percent jump in volunteer sign-ups through our AmericaLetsDoLunch.org Ad Council website,” Bertolette said.
So Americans are willing donating more of their own time and money to a cause they believe in, to help those who are less fortunate than they, rather than depend upon the government.
Isn’t that how charity supposed to work, Seth Meyers?