Excerpt: It costs taxpayers $3 million for every weekend President Trump stays at his Mar-A-Lago Florida mansion. This coming weekend will be his fifth since the inauguration. Furthermore, according to Snopes, if Melania and Barron Trump decide to stay in New York City for the duration of the presidency, it will cost taxpayers between $46 million and $53 million annually. I’m willing to wager $53 million would cover a lot of Meals on Wheels’ budget.
At any rate, we get much more out of the program than we put in. Community Development Block Grants cost a total of $3 billion in 2017. Meals on Wheels estimates it saves the country $34 billion every year in healthcare costs. But in reality, we shouldn’t need any economic argument to realize the necessity of programs like Meals on Wheels. Keeping our country’s seniors, veterans, disabled, and impoverished fed is simply a moral and ethical imperative. The first lady would do well to remember that the next time she sits down to enjoy a nice bowl of diamonds.