The federal government spent $100 billion providing food assistance to Americans last year, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The lion’s share of spending comes from the food stamp program, which gave benefits to an average 46 million Americans in 2014, at a cost of $74.6 billion, according to a testimony from the GAO’s Director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security Kay E. Brown before the House Subcommittee on Nutrition Wednesday.
The national school lunch program was second, costing $11.3 billion, followed by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at $7.1 billion.
Other spending included $1.9 billion for nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico, and $10.7 million for the “Special Milk Program.”
Brown said there is a potential for overlap and “inefficient use of federal funds” due to the government’s “complex network of 18 food assistance programs, administered by three federal agencies,” which are unsure how effective the programs are. …
When you think of the federal government as just another corporation then you see that our fictitious “national debt” and catastrophic trade, “national security” and drug policies amount to a business model for turning us all into dependent (and thus controllable) serfs. If we had a government truly concerned with the general welfare this country would probably have no poverty at all. As it is, the government launders billions in taxes from the dwindling middle class through countless bureaucratic, corporate and military scams, leaving a small trickle to act as a bandaid on the most impoverished victims of its policies. The US resembles a plantation more than a nation.