The LuLac Edition #3450, March 16, 2017
How about this? White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney on Thursday defended the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts to social welfare programs such as Meals on Wheels and after-school services, saying it’s unfair to taxpayers if such programs don’t show hard results.
“Meals on Wheels sounds great,” Mulvaney said during the White House news briefing, adding that “we're not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver the promises that we’ve made to people.”
Mulvaney described the budget blueprint, which calls for dramatic cuts to domestic spending programs in favor of increased funding for the military, as “one of the most compassionate things we can do.”
He explained that the budget proposal is compassionate to the taxpayer because it stops government spending on programs that he said have been ineffective.
“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 told reporters. “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.”
Wow, okay this guy says that giving money to Meals on Wheels which feeds impoverished and lonely elders is a waste of money while more taxpayer money can be spent on Defense and Tax Cuts for millionaires You have to give them this: Guys like Mulvaney won’t lie to your face, he’ll tell you straight out this administration doesn’t care if old people can’t eat.
Two of my Knights of Columbus brothers, both over 60 are Meals on Wheels volunteers. They deliver the meal (which is not lobster and Steak Tar Tar) every single day. For FREE.
I knew the local director of Meals On Wheels here in this county for years. It was run on a shoe string budget. This statement by a REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT tells you everything you need to know about how REPUBLICANS feel about old, hungry, disabled poor people. He told you straight out by the Trumpees will argue and tell you it is for their own good. (Politico, LuLac)
Congressman Lou Barletta led a hearing on the effectiveness of emergency preparedness grant programs that allow communities to identify and respond to disasters. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Barletta discussed the role these grants play in helping communities save lives, property, and resources when dealing with threats to public safety.
“As a former mayor, I know all too well what it means to be a good neighbor and how critical help from your surrounding communities can be in times of emergency,” Barletta said. “No single community can handle every disaster on its own, and no community can afford all of the equipment and personnel to handle every disaster. National preparedness grants make it possible for mutual aid between communities and across our country.”
Barletta specifically highlighted the Nonprofit Security Grant (NSG) Program, which is helping Jewish Community Centers (JCC’s) across the country to combat the recent wave of bomb threats.
“The threats we are seeing at Jewish communities across the country are outrageous and unacceptable,” Barletta said. “This is domestic terrorism and the full force of the law needs to be brought against the perpetrators.”
Michael Feinstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, and William Daroff, Senior Vice President for Public Policy of the Jewish Federations of North America, testified that NSG grants have been instrumental in helping JCC’s respond to bomb threats.
“These funds have been critical for us,” Feinstein said. “These grants make a tremendous difference for our JCC’s and other JCC’s.”
Barletta also touted the success of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program, which allows local fire departments across the 11th District to purchase equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources.
Art Martynuska, President of the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, said that small and rural departments rely on these grants to operate.
“The basic tenets of fire protection are supported by these grants,” Martynuska said. “In some of our smaller, rural departments, if these grants weren’t available, these departments would go out of existence.”
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