HUD Budget Cuts Hurt Hungry Seniors & Kids. Inner-Cities… Tough Luck

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If you are not aware of the devastating impact President Trump’s proposed budget cut will have on the ability of Ben Carson and his colleagues at the HUD office to do the jobs they were hired to do, I beg you to continue reading.

One in six seniors in America suffers from hunger, while more than 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals through federally funded programs. “Meals on Wheels” does a phenomenal job of helping reduce the number of our senior’s who would otherwise do without, a good number of them being homebound, while school breakfast and after school meal programs are providing kids with the important nutrition required for a better learning experience. For many of these children, if they don’t get fed at school, they don’t get fed. All of this falls under the jurisdiction of poor Mr. Carson who Trump hired to make things better, yet now proposes to dramatically slice the already limited budget Carson was scratching his head over how to make work in the first place. Quite the sucker punch.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the White House press corps that none of these programs were showing significant enough results to warrant the wad of cash the government’s been forking out.

Here is what Mulvaney said about feeding the elderly: “We can’t do that anymore. We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. Meals on Wheels sounds great. […] I can’t defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore. $20 trillion in debt. We’re going to spend money, we’re going to spend a lot of money but we’re not going to spend it on programs that show they deliver the promises we made to people.”

If you thought that was a good one, here is how he feels about those 22 million hungry children: “They’re supposed to help kids who don’t get fed at home get fed so they do better in school. Guess what? There’s no evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no evidence they’re helping results, helping kids do better in school, which is what — when we took your money from you to say, we’re going to spend them on after-school program, we justified it by saying these kids will do better in school and get jobs. We have no proof that’s helping.”

What’s even more disheartening? Trump gives the new budget plan two thumbs up.

But wait! There’s more! If you were one of the hypnotically inclined who got sucked into the making America great again crap, please tell me why the man you elected is now in favor of sucking more life out of the same inner-cities he only several months ago vowed to reconstruct? This too is a big part of what HUD attempts to do. Maybe the biggest part. They struggle as is, but once again, our President is letting people down. Gee. Didn’t see that coming?

I pose these rhetorical questions. Is it more important to designate more than Russias entire budget on our military while we turn our backs on our hungry elders and children? Why would our President allow such a thing? What good does it do for us to have the ability to destroy the world three times over if we ignore our once vibrant inner-cities that we’ve let go for entirely too long?

Don’t misunderstand. I’m all in favor of a strong military. After all, we never know when they might come in handy, and war is one thing you don’t want to lose. My vote would be for Trump to nix his border wall and give the money to HUD where it’ll help people in need. A wall won’t make us great again. Trump is too concerned about who is coming into the country to be worried about who is already here.

So. There you have it, from the outside looking in.

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