More proof that Americans overall are awesome and generous people who figure out ways to take care of ourselves — voluntarily — if the government would just get out of the way.
ABC News reports:
Meals on Wheels, a non-profit program that serves senior citizens around the U.S., has seen its online donations surge since President Trump’s administration released a budget proposal that could result in funding cuts for the organization.
The White House released its proposed budget early Thursday, and during the course of that day, online donations to Meals on Wheels were 50 times the usual daily total — $50,000 compared to the typical daily rate of $1,000, Jenny Bertolette, vice president of communications for Meals on Wheels America, told ABC News.
The increased giving has continued. By Saturday afternoon, Meals on Wheels had received just over $100,000 in mostly small individual gifts since the proposed budget was released, Bertolette said.
It goes without saying that Democrats’ and the media’s hysterical overreaction to proposed Trump budget cuts is based on political grandstanding — only 3 percent of the Meals on Wheels budget nationally comes from the federal government and 35 percent comes from the Older Americans Act which is not being cut in the least.
Nevertheless, it shows that Americans are and will be even more charitable if only government would stop crowding out private donations, and they would do it without being forced.
As brilliant Founding Father James Madison, considered to be the prime author of the U.S. Constitution noted:
“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”