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    **As the only free national 24/7 kids’ TV service in the U.S., the PBS KIDS channel will be a game changer for all families..**

    For Free? That's great!

    Problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprockey View Post
    **As the only free national 24/7 kids’ TV service in the U.S., the PBS KIDS channel will be a game changer for all families..**

    For Free? That's great!

    Problem solved.
    Hopefully they continue to get the funding needed to provide it ;)

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    Well, that's not free.

    Why is it no one knows what that word means?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprockey View Post
    **As the only free national 24/7 kids’ TV service in the U.S., the PBS KIDS channel will be a game changer for all families..**
    I didn't know children were having an insomnia epidemic. That deserves funding to research.

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    The Meals On Wheels Lie Keeps Rolling Along


    Let's start with a basic fact. Contrary to news reports last week, President Trump is not eliminating funding for Meals on Wheels. He's not even cutting it.

    How do we know this? Meals on Wheels says so. A statement issued by Meals on Wheels America on Thursday notes that 35% of the revenues at the 5,000 or so local Meals on Wheels programs come via the Older Americans Act Nutrition Program.

    Trump's budget outline says nothing about this program whatsoever.

    What Trump's budget does propose is cutting is the corruption-prone Community Development Block Grant program, run out of Housing and Urban Development. Some, but not all, state and local governments use a tiny portion of that grant money, at their own discretion, to "augment funding for Meals on Wheels," according to the statement.

    Nevertheless, when the New York Times reported on Trump's budget last Wednesday, they dispensed with such details, and simply said that CDBG "funds popular programs like Meals on Wheels, housing assistance and other community assistance efforts."
    This misleading shorthand quickly turned into "Trump wants to kill Meals on Wheels."

    Time magazine, for example, blared that Trump's budget "would kill a program that feeds 2.4 million senior citizens." The Hill said it "eliminates funds for Meals on Wheels." A local Dallas station reported that the program would lose "all of its federal funding." Others claimed — falsely — that Trump's budget director said Meals on Wheels wasn't worth funding because it didn't get results.

    The New York Times itself fanned the flames of its own misleading coverage with follow-up stories about how "GOP, Dem Lawmakers Decry Trump's Cuts To Meals On Wheels" and how the program "gets results."
    When the actual facts started to emerge over the weekend, the fake story had already taken hold in the popular press and on social media.

    So what's really going on?
    As Meals on Wheels America explained, some Community Development Block Grant money does end up going to some of the local Meals on Wheels programs.

    But it's a small amount. HUD's own website shows that just 1% of CDBG grant money goes to the broad category of "senior services." And 0.17% goes to "food banks."

    We looked at several local Meals on Wheels programs and found that block grant money was often a pittance, and as often as not the programs got no CDBG money from their local governments.
    Last year, for example, Rockland County, N.Y., sent $25,000 of its CDBG money to its local Meals on Wheels program — which amounted to less than 1% of that program's budget.

    Kennewick, Wash., directed $18,500 in CDBG funds to Senior Life Resources' Meals on Wheels program in 2015, a year in which the charity got $13.3 million in total government grants.

    Fairfield, Calif., gave its local Meals on Wheels $10,539 of CDBG money in 2015, after giving it $0 for the previous four years.
    Meals on Wheels of Trenton, N.J., asked for $50,000 in community grant money last year, and got nothing. It received no grant money the year before, either.
    All of this information was easily available to anyone reporting on this story, or anyone commenting on it, which would have prevented the false claims about the Meals on Wheels program from spreading in the first place. But why bother reporting facts when you can make up a story that will drive Trump's approval ratings even lower, even if it means needlessly scaring seniors?

    As it turns out, however, this fake budget-cutting story ended up revealing how programs like Meals on Wheels can survive without federal help.
    http://www.investors.com/politics/ed...rolling-along/

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    All initial budgets are proposals - a lot of fiddling will happen as it moves through the House and Senate. This proposed budget tells us about what Trump prioritizes, and it certainly isn't people in need. I also suspect they are gearing up for some war activities (in addition to expanding what we're doing in the Middle East, perhaps North Korea?)

    It's also nice to know that it's been a life-long dream of Paul Ryan, he who went to college using his deceased father's Social Security, to end Medicaid. These are good pieces of information to have because it tells us that they don't care about needy people at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maurinsky View Post
    It's also nice to know that it's been a life-long dream of Paul Ryan, he who went to college using his deceased father's Social Security, to end Medicaid.
    Using block grants to send it back to the states is not ending Medicaid. You may not agree with it, but, you are mischaracterizing what he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stellarfeller View Post
    I'm willing to bet that many taxpayers don't actually object to paying a few dollars a year for decent, widely accessible, educational programming.
    What does the word "many" mean in the context of hundreds of millions of taxpayers?

    Again, it isn't a question of what taxpayers want - it is a question of what they want MORE.
    I wouldn't object to spending some money taking my family to Europe. However, I would most definitely object if the question is "would you rather take your kids to Europe or to have enough food to eat?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by TapToTalk View Post
    Using block grants to send it back to the states is not ending Medicaid. You may not agree with it, but, you are mischaracterizing what he said.
    Misrepresenting what Republicans say is a cottage industry, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprockey View Post
    The Meals On Wheels Lie Keeps Rolling Along




    http://www.investors.com/politics/ed...rolling-along/
    You mean people freaked out for nothing?? I'm shocked!
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