The Starve A Senior Today Act

The Starve A Senior Today Act
Sequestration is forcing communities to cut back on Meals On Wheels.
by Kay Wood

The Congress acted speedily so that rich people – including themselves – wouldn’t have to suffer delays when flying. However they don’t seem to feel the same urgency when it comes to helping people avoid going hungry. Homebound seniors will be facing this grim fact all too soon unless something is done fast.

A recent Washington Post story says “Across the country, Meals on Wheels programs are slashing staff, reducing the number of meals delivered or shutting down. The programs receive money through the Older Americans Act, which is filtered through state governments, which divvy up the funds to local agencies based on factors such as size and levels of poverty.”

This isn’t the only vital program being recklessly cut. The same thing is happening to Head Start, programs for the disabled, education, nutrition, and on.

Because our Congress can’t get its act together more Americans will suffer. Democrats do have their own failings and should step up, but it is largely the radical far right wing of the Republican Party (Or “Regressives” as I’ve heard them called) that is creating this bogus but awful problem.

The fiscal result if we keep on this trend of cruel heartless treatment of those of our citizens least able to protect themselves – of refusing to balance our budget in a sane manner?  It will cost the country exponentially far far more.

Our GDP will go down. Our children will not be adequately educated. Our prison population and crime rates will go up. New inventions won’t be invented. We will lag farther and farther behind in the world economy because we haven’t made the investment in our future.

We seem to be heading to become the modern era’s first country to go from super power to a third world country. And we are paying mind bogglingly huge sums for the privilege.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/sequester-stalls-meals-on-wheels-programs/2013/05/31/d3be785e-c3d0-11e2-8c3b-0b5e9247e8ca_story.html

http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2013/05/30/the-sequester-poverty-and-politics/

 

Author: KAY WOOD

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  1. Any programs to aid the poor, disabled,elderly or disadvantaged are the lowest of priorities to the right. The reason is clear: these are the non-contributors to our society. They are viewed as parasites. We would still have poor houses and institutions for the infirm and elderly if they had their way.

    When you look at all the tax dollars that is WASTED on campaign spending and junkets and just plain crap. When you look at all the corporations who are permitted to skate on their taxes. When you look at all the dishonesty and subterfuge and throat cutting just to get a slight advantage for some meaningless political “win”, forgotten weeks later, all americans should be outraged by this sort of behavior….by BOTH parties. But… This sequestration is BS and Republicans in congress need to think about the MORAL implications of their behavior and get this settled….now.

  2. Hmmm… the Regressive Party. It has a ring to it. As for old people, they are easy to ignore eh? Forget the fact they are the ones who kept the country going for so many years and made it possible for the current power brokers to enjoy the lives they lead. Sure, there is the AARP, but how well do they really advocate for the interests of older people? And the poor? Also easy targets. Who advocates for them? No profit there.

    Republicans in congress need to think about the MORAL implications of their behavior

    That will be a cold day in hell.

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