Snap benefits are actually supposed to stimulate the economy - many grocery stores would close if people didn’t spend them in their stores. Most snap recepients are children and older people - though right now with the economy in a bad situation - many more people are applying. Lots of people get just 50 a month - or even less. I would think a great deal of that budget is on paying employees and building costs - not the actual benefits. T
There are government programs that pay farmers to NOT plant a crop.
Ok, just to throw another number out there, the Congressional Budget Office reports that the baseline budget for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program is $64 billion for 2010. Here are some other Federal programs that cost approximately the same amount of money:
The entire Department of Homeland Security budgeted $51 billion for 2010.
The Pentagon’s total research and development budget for that year was $80 billion.
Unemployment insurance benefits paid out by the Department of Labor totaled $93 billion in 2009, and went up to $126 billion in 2010 because of the recession.
The entire budget for the State Department and foreign aid programs totals $55 billion for 2010.
The Department of Transportation, from the FAA to building highways, cost $76 billion in 2010.
Spending on veterans benefits (not including medical care, but including things like pensions and education benefits) will be about $73 billion in 2010.