I (Michele Hickford) generally refrain from “talking shop” (i.e. politics) with friends — even if we are on the same side of the aisle — because well, work is work. And sometimes you just need a break.
However, I do have many friends who lean more leftish on certain things, and we generally just don’t discuss those certain things. For the most part.
The other day — perhaps to tweak me — a friend asked me to defend Donald Trump’s plan to cut funding to “Meals on Wheels” for seniors. I had no response, because I didn’t know the facts.
But now I do.
Per Fox News, President Trump’s proposed cuts to the popular “Meals on Wheels” program have prompted dire warnings — but they appear to ignore the fact that only a fraction of the program’s budget comes from the government.
A glance at the program’s 2015 financial statement shows the program brought in just over $7.5 million in funding that year, mainly from corporate and foundation grants making up $5.15 million.
Government grants made up just $248,347 of the funding – or 3.3 percent of total funds.
Nonetheless, it didn’t stop the liberal outrage from exploding.
“Late Night” host Seth Meyers accused Trump of being “dead inside.”
“Meals on Wheels?!” he asked rhetorically. “How dead inside do you have to be to not want old people to get food? Your heart is so small it makes your tiny hands look like catcher’s mitts.”
Twitter erupted with questions about Trump’s mental state for his supposed desire to starve the elderly.
I am sick to my stomach- Trump to completely eliminate program that funds Meals on Wheels- which feeds seniors. https://t.co/tRqpL8Sx7L
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) March 15, 2017
Seriously, what kind of person wakes up in the morning thinking, let's cut Meals on Wheels! And Sesame Street!!? Unreal. #TrumpBudget
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 16, 2017
Oh and by the way, any cuts to NPR will not cut Sesame Street. It’s on HBO now.
Sigh. Liberals SUCK at running government at any level, but they sure are fabulous in the narrative department.
We’ll do our best to keep busting it.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]