The drastic Trump cuts to “Meals on Wheels” that feed homebound seniors will emancipate these people from their homes and force them into the mainstream.  When that grandmother is forced into the street to obtain a meal, and on the way home is mugged—that is Economic Development when the mugger buys a quart of booze at a over-priced convenience store.    That is money rolling over into the economy that otherwise would just be under grandma’s mattress.  Further, grandma’s beating will add money to the health care system.   This is called forcing growth in the new Trump economy.

So this is dark humor….but actually very close to the way the budget director defended it (Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget said Thursday that the impending cuts to Meals on Wheels were “probably one of the most compassionate things we can do.” Mulvaney tried to justify his statement by arguing that the administration is “trying to focus on both the recipients of the money and the folks who give us the money in the first place. And I think it’s fairly compassionate to go to them and say, ‘Look, we’re not gonna ask you for your hard-earned money, anymore, single mother of two in Detroit . . . unless we can guarantee to you that that money is actually being used in a proper function.'”).

This is what happens with the great experiment of running a nation using the bottom line versus the social contract.  Let’s hope the lessons of Brownback’s Kansas and the current budget are not lost on those who may still listen and learn how wrong those who still hold to the failed “trickle down” hypothesis and advocate for putting a business man in power to ‘run the country like a business’ are.  Ronald Reagan’s budget director David Stockman admitted in his book that he had “made up” the theories of Trickle Down and Reaganomics and had “no idea if they would work or even cause a recession.” It was all Russian Roulette…..

 

 

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