TRUMP BUDGET DIRECTOR, MICK MULVANEY, SAYS “MEALS ON WHEELS” DOESN’T WORK

ANYTHING TO BACK THIS CONCLUSION UP, MICK?


Meals On Wheels is a program that has delivered food to elderly folks (2.4 million people last year) since the 1950’s.   Mulvaney was responding to a reporter’s question about cuts to the Fed’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program where federal funds are passed on to the states who then can decide where they would like to spend this money.  Only a small part of the Meals On Wheels program’s funding comes directly from the CDBG program – around  3% of Meals' total expenditures.  A much greater portion comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 30%, through the Older Americans Act that funds the agency’s nutrition program.   The bulk of Wheels on Meals funds come from other, non-Federal sources like contributions from private organizations.

Here's what Trump Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, had to say about Meals On Wheels:



But in fact, “Meals On Wheels” is actually a very successful program despite Mick Mulvaney’s statement that the program was “just not showing any results.  Meals On Wheels may sound great, he said, but the Federal Government, according to Mick, is not in the business of giving money to the states for programs that “don’t work.”  But apparently the Trump Budget Director either hasn’t read the mounds of studies that show the program’s success or he’s chosen to ignore them.

Here’s some facts from the New York Times:

In 2014, researchers explored the evidence on whether home-delivered meal programs improved the diet and nutrition of older Americans. They found eight studies, two of which were randomized controlled trials. Six of the eight showed that programs like Meals on Wheels improve the quality of people’s diet, increase their nutrient intake, and reduce their food insecurity and nutritional risk. They also noted that the programs increased chances for human contact and improved quality of life.

It’s important to recognize that the program’s benefits are not merely nutritional. A 2016 study showed that participants in the Meals on Wheels program had lower loneliness scores. A 2013 study showed that spending on services like Meals on Wheels was associated with less reliance on institutionalized care, because more people could live independently at home. They may even have fewer falls at home and less worry about being able to remain there.
Finally, although no one measures it, Meals on Wheels brings people food they otherwise wouldn’t have.
Researchers conducted economic analyses in 2013 and showed that if all states had increased the number of older Americans who had received Meals on Wheels by just 1 percent, the states would have saved Medicaid more than $109 million. Most of those savings would have come from reductions in the need for nursing home care.

So based on research, studies and data, three terms basically unknown by the Trump Administration, it would appear that Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney, doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  If, then, he’s dead wrong about “Meals On Wheels,” what about the after school care, supplemental school lunch program and other programs that, according to him, are "supposed to be educational programs, right?  Guess what? There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually doing that. There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually helping results, they're helping kids do better in school,” do we believe him that these programs really don’t work also when he was so clearly wrong about “Meals On Wheels?”


Or is it a matter of the Trump Administration cutting those programs with names like “Meals On Wheels” that “sound great” which might explain the zeroing out of funds for the National Endowment for the Arts?

We seem to be engaged in the destruction of the administrative state as Chief Trump Policy Advisor, Stephen Bannon, likes to call his war on government.


PS: Since Trump spends a great deal of his time away from the White House down in Palm Beach at the “Southern White House,” Mar-a-Largo, it’s really no big deal that Jonathan Tran was able to jump several fences and roam the grounds for more than 15 minutes before being stopped by the Secret Service.   
  


KEEP RESISTING AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!  IT JUST MIGHT!


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