President Trump´s proposed cuts to the popular "Meals on Wheels" program have prompted dire warnings -- but they appear to ignore the fact that only a fraction of the program´s budget comes from the government. A glance at the program´s 2015 financial statement shows the program brought in just over $7.5 million in funding that year, mainly from corporate and foundation grants making up $5.15 million. Government grants made up just $248,347 of the funding – or 3.3 percent of total funds. Still, Trump´s call to cut the program fed into the outrage Thursday over a multitude of reductions that the president has
I support Meals on Wheels. Not only because of the food, but the companionship offered by the person doing the delivering. I know many volunteers for this program and it´s a good one. However, there seems to be sufficient financial support from corporations and religious organizations, plus the state contributions. The Feds should get out of it altogether.
Unlike the whining commies, Conservative "activists" will no doubt step up. The two (other) old geezers with whom I deliver, wrote big checks when the news came. If you have the time, go for a ride-along. It might just be a match for your talents/gifts and the smiles you get from the patrons are priceless.
Meals on Wheels is a good program. Some of the seniors get very sick at home, cannot get out, or prepare their food, so some help is needed occasionally. But we do not need the government, or the unions, which soon follow, or expanding the program to everybody, which soon follows government involvement.
The liberal Democrats are reduced to using scare tactics. The reality is there are no cuts going into force now. President Trump submitted his budget proposals to Congress. Sometime in the future it will be the Congress who will decide what the federal budget will be, and if there will then be cuts to certain federal government funded programs. We will have to wait and see.
As soon as the news broke late Tuesday afternoon that President Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sprinted to the microphones to express his disdain for the move and accused the White House of a cover-up. Schumer´s crowing can be boiled down to one thing: shameless hypocrisy. It was just a few short months ago that Schumer, backed by a number of Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the media, expressed his lack of confidence in Comey´s ability to lead the Bureau. From Bloomberg News: Senate Democratic leader-in-waiting Chuck Schumer said Wednesday he’s lost confidence in
The White House States is searching for a new FBI director, a situation that hasn´t occurred often since the position was created 93 years ago today. In fact, When Bill Clinton pushed out William Sessions in 1993, the Congress Research Service felt compelled to issue a statement explaining that the president did, in fact, have such authority. And the battle of wills that involved Sessions’ successor, Louis J. Freeh, over Clinton fundraising scandals underscored the tension that can arise between independent-minded law enforcement officials and politicians willing to cut corners in service of their own re-election. An outsized sense of one’s
The presidency Donald Trump seems to be emulating — to his detriment — isn’t Richard Nixon’s, despite analogies tossed about over the past day that have ranged from the understandably concerned to the utterly deranged. It is Jimmy Carter’s. Just as Carter’s outsider bid in 1976 is the only real precedent for Trump’s unlikely 2016 win, so, too, is Trump now conducting his presidency in a Carter-like fashion designed to alienate politicians of his own party whose support will be crucial to the success or failure of his tenure. By dismissing FBI Director James Comey without preparation, and in a manner that
Embattled White House spokesman Sean Spicer may be getting less face time on TV following a shipwreck of a performance defending President Trump’s decision to fire the FBI chief, a new report said Wednesday. A CNN reporter, citing sources, said high level administration officials — including Trump himself — were evaluating whether to replace Spicer with his backup, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “WH sources: Highest levels incl. POTUS evaluating Sanders subbing for Spicer in briefing room. Last night an ‘embarrassment.. disaster,’ reporter Jim Acosta tweeted. Sanders handled Wednesday’s press briefing with aplomb, and will conduct briefings through the end of the week, the White
The Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald is looking to restore some political balance to its upcoming health care conference and is eying a Trump administration official to join former President Barack Obama as headline performers for the event, FOX Business has learned. As first reported by FOX Business, Cantor Fitzgerald has signed the former president and author of the eponymous health care law to make a luncheon speech during its September health care conference and has agreed to pay a $400,000 speaking fee. Obama’s acceptance of the large sum, nearly twice as much as Hillary Clinton’s average fee, created a public
President Trump is expected to nominate a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey "in the coming days," a senior White House official told Fox News late Tuesday. The official did not specify how soon Trump would nominate someone for the position. The official also did not indicate who was being considered for the position, but told Fox News to expect candidates who were non-political and could restore credibility to the position. Here are some possible candidates to run the storied law enforcement agency: Here are some possible candidates: -- RAY KELLY: The longest-serving police commissioner in New York City, Kelly oversaw the force
Jim Comey has been a good friend to me over the years. I have disagreed strenuously with a number of decisions he made in connection with the Hillary Clinton investigation — with his rationales and with the fact that he was presuming to exercise authority that was not his to exercise. The independence of law enforcement is critical, but at times he seemed to redefine “independent” as beholden to only those institutional guidelines he subjectively judged worthy of following. Still, I personally know him to be a good man. I know that he loves the country and the FBI, and
Like Pavlov´s dogs, the liberal media salivated over the arrival of former President Barack Obama to receive the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The mythic figure returned to accept the honor in the middle of a two-hour live special on MSNBC, loaded with the usual Chris Matthews slobbering over his "American eloquence." The words "mythic figure" truly apply, as another liberal historian has now underscored just how much "fake news" Obama manufactured on his way to the highest office in the land and the lucrative beyond. In his 2012 book "Barack Obama: The Story," Washington Post
No one should have been surprised, in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, to see Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) rush to a podium and grab a microphone. And no one should have been surprised to see Schumer express alarm and outrage over the firing of someone he said he’d “lost confidence in” back in November. Schumer’s babblings and bleatings were little different than countless other Washington Democrats, many of whom changed tunes from directly blaming Comey for Hillary Clinton losing the presidency to screaming about Comey’s firing in the space of less than an
An Arizona man has been accused of a string of shootings that left seven people dead and terrified the Phoenix area. Authorities said Monday that Aaron Saucedo, 23, was already in custody — arrested in April — for a 2015 killing. He now faces another 26 charges after being identified as the “serial shooter” who targeted victims over a four-month span starting last March. “Our officers did not rest,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said at a Monday press conference. “Investigators worked every lead, they followed the evidence. They were thorough. They had a clear mission: Bring this killer to justice and get
One of my favorite sounds in the world is the voice of the late comedian Bernie Mac. I often think of an early performance of his, on the nineties standup showcase “Def Comedy Jam.” The routine, slightly less than six minutes long, is songlike in structure—after each cluster of two or three jokes, Mac yells “Kick it!” and a snippet of cheesy, drum-heavy hip-hop plays. Between these punctuations, he affects poses that would fit as comfortably within a twelve-bar blues as they do on the dimly lit Def Jam stage: sexual bravado, profane delight, sly self-deprecation, dismay and gathering confusion
Al Gore wants to reverse modernity and save the world from itself through an elimination of its fossil-fuel-based energy system. During the final week of April, his newly created Energy Transitions Commission released a document setting forth a fool´s-errand pathway to "decarbonize" the world´s energy system. If this sounds familiar, it is. Gore´s plan features a new, sophisticated, and expensive public-relations campaign, but it´s all based on his views on carbon dioxide first broached in his 1992 book Earth in the Balance, which he reissued in 2000 for his failed presidential campaign. The subsequent efforts made by Gore during the past
Many of the graduating students turned their backs on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and boos nearly drowned out her commencement speech Wednesday at Bethune-Cookman University. DeVos carried on with her keynote address to the historically black university, praising its founder Mary McLeod Bethune as someone who ´refused to accept systemic and repulsive racism,´ and had ´the courage to change old ideas.´ ´Let´s choose to hear one another out,´ DeVos said, reading her prepared text in a measured tone despite continuing waves of boos, catcalls and scattered applause. ´I am here to demonstrate in the most direct way possible that I
Sandra Lee refused to let House Speaker Paul Ryan join her cooking segment on Fox News and told him “I need you to go away.”The celebrity chef and longtime girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, was not happy after learning her segment on Tuesday’s “Fox & Friends” would directly follow an interview with Ryan, and banished the Republican leader from her TV kitchen.A source told Page Six, “Paul Ryan was on the segment before Sandra, and the hosts asked him to hang around for Sandra’s cooking feature to try the food. But in the break before her
Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) said Wednesday he does not think mismanagement of the Hillary Clinton email scandal was "sufficient rationale" for President Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey on Tuesday following a recommendation earlier in the day from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who told the president that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended the dismissal. Rosenstein wrote in a letter that he "cannot defend the director´s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton´s emails." CNN reporter Manu Raju caught up with McCain the day after the bombshell development and asked the senator
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions have no involvement in selecting the next FBI director. "This attorney general should not oversee the hiring process of the next FBI director. His role will jaundice the entire process if it hasn’t already," Schumer said Thursday. Schumer argued that Sessions helping to pick a successor for James Comey, whom President Trump fired on Tuesday, would violate the attorney general’s pledge to recuse himself from any investigation related to Russia´s involvement in the U.S. presidential election. Whoever succeeds Comey will oversee the bureau´s probe into Russia´s meddling and potential ties
One of the U.S. Senate´s newest members is proposing to shake up the chamber by mandating "diversity" quotas for everything from staffs to committees. A proposal by Nevada’s freshman Democratic senator, Catherine Cortez Masto, could mimic efforts in corporate America. Large companies across the country, particularly those in Silicon Valley, have been under intense pressure to hire more minorities. Cortez Masto thinks it should be a Congressional priority, too. “We should be mandating diversity in our committees, mandating diversity in our hiring practices, mandating diversity throughout the United States Senate,”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) told the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday that his wife recently got a "very disturbing" voice mail from a stranger, and the lawmaker stressed that crimes against all different types of people merit urgent attention. Rubio did not elaborate on the specifics of the threat against Jeanette Rubio, but he said it was "chilling" and delivered with an eerie calmness, according to the Tamp Bay Times. "And the most disturbing part of his voice mail … was the calmness in which that hateful message was delivered," Rubio said at the Mayflower hotel. "I´m not saying it
NBCNews.com on Thursday posted a two minute and 34 second preview clip of anchor Lester Holt’s exclusive sit-down with President Donald Trump. The clip features Holt conducting an interrogation-like interview in which the NBC personality interrupted Trump nine times and spoke over the president on many of those occasions. The short clip is part of a 31-minute White House interview set to air Thursday night on NBC Nightly News. (Video) In the clip, Holt can be seen questioning almost every statement made by Trump. In one instance, Holt asked Trump about his May 9 letter ousting F.B.I Director James Comey
A curious belief in some circles of journalism holds that if both sides are equally unhappy with your story, you’ve done a good job. I never subscribed to that approach, and thankfully, President Trump didn’t when it came to the performance of James Comey. The suddenly-former FBI boss was long cavalier about making enemies among both Democrats and Republicans, as if going rogue repeatedly proved his rectitude. On occasion it did, but Comey increasingly wore his self-righteousness on his sleeve, confident he was too big to fire. That was his fatal mistake. And it’s why Trump made the right decision to show
President Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James B. Comey is bad for the country and will not be the end of the Trump-Russia affair, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told a group of foreign diplomats and experts Tuesday night. Although McCain did not directly accuse the White House of firing Comey to thwart the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible Russia ties, he did say that if that was the intention, it would fail. “This scandal is going to go on. I’ve seen it before,” McCain told a meeting of the Munich Security Conference core group. “This is a
Former U.S. Democrat Representative Corrine Brown was found guilty on 18 of 22 charges for fraud and tax evasion during trial verdict Thursday in federal court in Jacksonville. (Photo) Brown was found guilty of taking tens-of-thousands of dollars from her One Door for Education Foundation, a charity for poor and impoverished children, and putting the money into her personal accounts for use in maintaining an indulgent lifestyle. She was also found guilty of conspiring within the scheme to defraud donors to the foundation, and guilty of attempts to impede/obstruct the investigation. (List) (Via AP) […] Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown
I´ll say this for the suddenly departed FBI honcho James Comey: He´s caused enough cases of whiplash to collapse Obamacare before the end of the week. The left in particular likes its cardboard heroes and cartoon villains drawn in bright Sharpie colors, and Comey insists on jumping back and forth between one role and the other like a movie stuntman leaping the roofs from northbound to southbound train. Comey´s not going to charge Hillary? What a stand-up guy! The very model of a dedicated public servant! Comey´s re-opened the Hillary investigation? What a partisan hack! He´s just thrown the election to Trump!
An update on Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's conversation with Hillary Clinton over Dr. Muhammad Yunus' removal from Grameen Bank. While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made a personal call to pressure Bangladesh’s prime minister to aid a donor to her husband’s charitable foundation despite federal ethics laws that require government officials to recuse themselves from matters that could impact their spouse’s business. The Office of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina confirmed to Circa that Mrs. Clinton called her office in March 2011 to demand that Dr. Muhammed Yunus, a 2006 Nobel Peace prize winner, be restored to his role as chairman of the country’s most famous microcredit bank, Grameen Bank. The bank’s nonprofit Grameen America, which Yunus chairs, has