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.

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