Trump’s Plan to Cut Funding From Meals on Wheels=Scrooge

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I do not usually deal with anything political on this site, but our times have become so extreme that I cannot pretend that writing and politics are disconnected in any way. Writers must speak our conscience.

Regarding President Trumps’s budget plan to make drastic cuts to Meals on Wheels, I remind everyone of that great writing, which was a morality tale and one of social critique: A Christmas Carol.

The ghost of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley, pays a visit to Ebenezer Scrooge to offer him a chance at redemption:

“But you were always such a good man of business, Jacob,” faultered Scrooge,

who now began to apply this to himself.

“Business!” cried the ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my

business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forebearance,

and benevolence, were, all, my business.” (Dickens 21)

The soul of a society, the spirit of a people, and the decency of a nation are largely determined by the treatment of the less fortunate. Cutting funding in any way for Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to those who might not otherwise eat, including many veterans, is an act of evil. We would do well to heed Dickens’ admonition.

Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. New York. Bantam. 1997.

 

 

 

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33 thoughts on “Trump’s Plan to Cut Funding From Meals on Wheels=Scrooge

  1. Thank you French, I was very disturbed to find that the plan is to defund Meals on Wheels and the free lunch program for underprivileged school kids (whose lunch at school may be the only one they have all day). It sickens me to see this heartless administration’s hateful and careless agenda come into play. Thank you for the article, I couldn’t agree more…Scrooge indeed.

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  2. I understand your hesitation to write about anything political on your blog. I’ve struggled with this, too. I appreciate you deciding to write and not normalizing what is abnormal. And you did it with class and decorum. I think the Meals On Wheels news struck a cord with many of us. Great Literature has always been the torch of truth. Thank you.

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  3. No amount of claims of “patriotism” can mask the stench of self-interest surrounding supporters of the cuts to “liberal-branded” programs like these. Democracy is about ALL of us, not just those who are rich or want to be — nor at the very least, any alleged “majority” who are about to find out why silence is indeed a virtue.

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  4. My heart goes to you and what is happening in your country, here in Europe we hadnt heard about this latest intention to make America great again… great comparison with Scrooge, it is unfortunately accurate.

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