Trump budget director: It’s “compassionate” to cut Meals on Wheels for elderly, vets

Donald Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney defended Trump’s proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels by arguing that such cuts were actually “compassionate” because it saves money for people who pay for Meals on Wheels out of their taxes.

Of course, the cuts also take food away from the elderly and military veterans. In 2016, Meals on Wheels delivered food to 2.5 million seniors and 500,000 military veterans.

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Those funds are now in danger. And Donald Trump thinks this is actually compassion.. for taxpayers.

I am not making this up. There’s video. And it’s bad. First, here’s what Mulvaney said when asked if Trump’s was a “hard-hearted budget”:

Trump budget director Mulvaney: I don’t think so. It’s probably one of the most compassionate things we can do to…

Reporter: To cut programs to help the elderly?

Mulvaney: You’re only focus 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. And I think it’s fairly compassionate to go to them and say, look, we’re not gonna ask you for your hard-earned money anymore, single mom of two in Detroit, give us your money. We’re not gonna do that anymore, unless we can guarantee to you that that money’s actually being used in a proper function. That is about as compassionate as you can get.

So now Meals on Wheels is not a property run program? Really? And what matters in running Meals on Wheels isn’t feeding the elderly, and veterans, disabled and the poor. No, what matters if cutting taxes for people who can afford 3 meals a day.

Here’s the video.

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