Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Food stamps or military planes? Do the math
Food stamps cost taxpayers $69.8 billion a year.
Although the average monthly benefit is only $133.85, the number on food stamps has grown to 46.7 million in 2014.
That’s about triple the 17.2 million on food stamps in 2000.
The EA-18G Growler, a version of the F/A-18 fighter plane for the Navy, costs $102 million.
So buying about 70 fewer military planes each year would pay for the soaring food stamp costs. The military keeps the number of planes it has a secret, but my math tells me that buying 2 fewer planes in each category each year would pay for the food stamps.
Food for thought. Pun intended.