Only 3% Of The Meals On Wheels Budget Comes From Federal Grants

Hannah Bleau

If you don’t support the federal government forking over money to support programs like Meals on Wheels, then you’re the worst Christian ever and will probably go to hell. According to people who routinely mock “religious” people, anyway. Those people are suddenly experts on Jesus, so we should definitely listen to them.

Hold on. I’m getting ahead of myself.

President Trump presented his budget proposal– keyword, proposal (Congress has the final say)– and there’s a lot going on. He calls for massive cuts across the federal government and proposes eliminating federal funding for stuff like the National Endowment of the Arts. Liberals are really upset by that. How will we ever survive without the federal government supporting brilliant pieces like Doggie Hamlet?  I just don’t know.

You can read more details on his budget proposal here.

Another program the Trump budget proposes cutting? Meals on Wheels, a program which helps prepare and deliver meals to senior citizens. (Technically, the proposal slashes funding for the Community Development Block Grant programs. Federal funding for Meals on Wheels comes from that source. )

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney defended the decision.

“We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good and great,” he said.

Of course, everyone is all, “That’s so mean and heartless!” But Mulvaney essentially said it’s mean and heartless to ignore those forking over the money in the first place.

“You’re only focusing 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,” Mulvaney explained. “And I think it’s fairly compassionate to go to them and say, ‘Look, we’re not going to ask you for your hard-earned money anymore … unless we can guarantee to you that that money is actually going to be used in a proper function. And I think that is about as compassionate as you can get.”

I’m on board with that concept. If it’s not effective, it’s worth a re-examination. I think that’s fair to say.

However, liberals are 100% sure that this will end Meals on Wheels as we know it. Seniors will STARVE! Except…not. As it turns out, the bulk of the Meals on Wheels budget comes from private contributions. About 84%, actually. Only 3% comes from federal grants. You’re meaning to tell me that the Meals on Wheels programs across the nation will TANK without that 3%? If that’s true, the program was too fragile to exist in the first place.

Three percent, everyone. Liberals are freaking out over 3%. They probably have no idea that 84% of the contributions come from sources outside the government. After all, they only know how to be compassionate with other people’s money.

Back to my first point. If you’re not completely horrified by the toll Trump’s budget proposal will take on the Meals on Wheels program (again, 3%), you’re the worst representation of Jesus ever.

I guess I missed the part where Jesus said, “Give the government your money so it can be compassionate FOR you.”

Two words. Individual. Mandate. Yes, liberals. It IS possible to be compassionate on your own. I know that’s a difficult concept for many of you.

I’m just gonna leave this here.