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Outrage on Wheels
National Review, by Walter Olsen

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Posted By:FlyRight, 3/19/2017 7:18:34 AM

The story that Trump’s budget would kill the Meals on Wheels program was too good to check. But it was false. It made for great copy — irresistibly clickable and compulsively shareable. “Trump’s Budget Would Kill a Program That Feeds 2.4 Million Senior Citizens,” blared Time’s headline. “Trump Proposed Budget Eliminates Funds for Meals on Wheels,” claimed The Hill, in a piece that got 26,000 shares. But it was false. And it wouldn’t have taken long for reporters to find and provide some needed context to the relationship between federal block grant programs, specifically Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4poster, 3/19/2017 7:56:16 AM     (No. 11194455)

More fake news from the New York Times.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: strike3, 3/19/2017 8:00:46 AM     (No. 11194457)

After removing the obvious emotional impact, how expensive, wasteful and open to abuse is a federal program that benefits only 2.4 million people? How much of the money is simply used to pay employees?

This scheme sounds much like the state lottery organizations that justify their huge incomes by saying that the lottery profits are used to benefit senior citizens. In reality, they usually provide questionable benefits like the little bus transportation programs that pay people to drive empty shuttle buses around, indirectly beneficial to a few seniors who need a free ride once in a while. These are all government sponsored con games meant to benefit somebody other than the announced recipients.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ordinaryman, 3/19/2017 8:17:40 AM     (No. 11194470)

The biggest problem with the program is that most Seniors have dropped out of getting meals because the Quality and taste of the reheated portion packaged meals is Lousy. All the talk of Local Fresh Food never reached the meals program. Fruit is hard to comeby and when it is present the quality is warehouse stored poor. Delivery drivers are volunteers but program advisors are well paid to do very little except sit around and talk. I would love to see one of them eat one of the meals provided.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 3/19/2017 9:08:44 AM     (No. 11194510)

Haha. So now the news is focusing on "Fears". As in "Agency Officials (unnamed for security reasons or because they are not authorized to speak to the media) have expressed fears that President Trump´s policies Might have a negative impact on their future ability to help children, old people, sick babies, the environment, women (who ever they are), disenfranchised "immigrants", rare snails, the Arts and starving Ugandans.

Conclusion: President Trump is a monster!

Click, click, click, click...and they are off and running! Just look at that click count go!

Ooo! look how many comments in the comment section agree with us. Facebook and Twitter are going nuts. Quick, write something else stupid. Works every time.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 3/19/2017 9:20:21 AM     (No. 11194521)

From now on if I see anything negative about Trump and his administration, I´m not going to believe it. The media has lost every bit of credibility they ever had for me.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Cardsfan, 3/19/2017 11:16:02 AM     (No. 11194644)

As Churchill famously said "a lie will be half way around the world before the truth gets its pants on".

Also, Douglas Adams in the Hitchhiker´s Guide noted that nothing travels faster than the speed of light, except for bad news which follows its own special rules.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 3/19/2017 7:22:54 PM     (No. 11195028)

...thousands of persons touched by the program are likely to ask their visiting community member or supervisor whether it’s really true that they’re going to do away with the Meals on Wheels program, the way the man on TV or the lady on Facebook said. And after they hear a fuller explanation, they might decide that they trust news reports a little less.

Unlikely.

More importantly, an excellent bit of simple journalism by Walter in contrast to the take-it-and-run lemmings that gather every morning for the White House Press briefing.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 3/19/2017 11:46:02 PM     (No. 11195175)

My local news broadcast a story of a poor, disabled 80-something year-old man who depends on Meals on Wheels for his food.

The reporter did the best they could to make it look like he was going to be imminently starved to death by Donald Trump.



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