Friday, March 17, 2017

New York Magazine: White House Says Cutting Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’

What a warped way of thinking this is.

On Thursday, the White House explained that the key distinction between the Defense department and the anti-poverty programs it wishes to cut is that the latter have “failed to meet their objectives.”

Here is how Trump described the return on investment that the Pentagon has provided the American people, back when he was running for president.

“’We’ve spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that, frankly, if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems — our airports and all the other problems we have — we would have been a lot better off, I can tell you that right now.

“’We have done a tremendous disservice not only to the Middle East — we’ve done a tremendous disservice to humanity. The people that have been killed, the people that have been wiped away — and for what? It’s not like we had victory. It’s a mess. The Middle East is totally destabilized, a total and complete mess. I wish we had the 4 trillion dollars or 5 trillion dollars. I wish it were spent right here in the United States on schools, hospitals, roads, airports, and everything else that are all falling apart!’”

In light of this stellar record, increasing the rate of child homelessness to finance new weapons systems is one of “the most compassionate things we can do.” Just go to Detroit and ask a single mother."

Bombs not food. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

White House Says Cutting Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’

By Eric Levitz