Did Trump Just Kill Meals On Wheels? Not Even Close.
It’s time for the media to portray President Trump as cruel and evil. It’s harder for the media to do this with Trump than it has been with other Republicans, simply because Trump constantly uses the rhetoric of big government, guaranteeing Americans that their entitlements won’t be affected in any serious way. But with the presentation of his proposed budget, Democrats and the media finally pounced: Trump wants to kill old people by cutting funding to Meals on Wheels!
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) babbled, “The Republicans in Congress and this White House, as we’re seeing now just in a few weeks, never miss an opportunity to suck up money from the middle class.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) followed the same tack: “Once again the Trump administration is showing its true colors: talk like a populist but govern like a special interests zealot.”
And Time headlined, “Trump’s Budget Would Kill A Program That Feeds 2.4 Million Senior Citizens.”
So, is Trump actually killing Meals on Wheels?
Not even close.
The Trump administration proposed budget would kill the Community Development Block Grant, a federal boondoggle that’s largely been used for waste and fraud. It costs $3 billion per year. As the budget proposal stated, “The Federal Government has spent over $150 billion on this block grant since its inception in 1974, but the program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results.” Nick Gillespie of Reason explains: