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Hold defense budget to 'Meals' standard

A Meals on Wheels executive discusses how President Trump's proposed budget cuts would impact the program's ability to feed Northwest Indiana. March 17, 2017. (Becky Jacobs / Post-Tribune)

Magical Thinking Mick Mulvaney, who is Donald Trump's budget director, said that Meals on Wheels doesn't work ("GOP, Dem lawmakers decry Trump's cut to Meals on Wheels," March 18). I don't know what criteria that is based upon, but if what "works" and doesn't work is any sort of guide, I'd like to apply the same criteria for the defense spending, which is expected to rise under the new administration.

Since 9/11, we spent $5 trillion on wars in the Middle East and got nothing but a an absurd theater fiasco in return. A case could be made that it actually made security worse in the Middle East. If the question of what works and doesn't was applied across-the-board, defense spending would plummet to the levels seen in Costa Rica, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Vatican City.

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Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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