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Friday, March 17, 2017

Another Lie, Another Fraudulent Story. Meals On Wheels Will Be Just Fine

FAKE NEWS: Did Trump Just Kill Meals On Wheels? Not Even Close.

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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 
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.”
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:
The money often is not going to Meals on Wheels or even to

the neediest communities. As a Reason Foundation analysis also

from 2013 shows, wealthier communities get the larger chunks of

the money, particularly counties that—what a coincidence!—are

in proximity to Washington, D.C….Check out this audit from

Riverside County, California, for their CDBG expenditures for

2016, and there's neither a meal nor a wheel to be found. Of the

$761,744 the county received, nearly all of it went to improve a playground and the sidewalks of a single local elementary school.

And note that the reason they were audited by Housing and Urban Development was because they hadn't provided proper

documentation of their expenses.
Meals on Wheels does get some money from the CDGB. But the vast majority
 of its funding comes from elsewhere, and as even the leftists over at Snopes 
state, “the effect of CDBG cuts on local Meals on Wheels groups is uncertain.”
 Only 3 percent of the Meals on Wheels budget nationally comes from the 
federal government at all, and only a portion of that comes from the CDBG.
 Walter Olson of the Cato Institute explains that 35 percent of federal 
funding for Meals on Wheels comes from the Older Americans Act, not the 
CDBG; no cuts have been contemplated to that program yet.
So, Trump isn’t killing Meals on Wheels. But the damaging media coverage
 has many Republicans cowering in fear. As usual.