A person making $50,000 dollars a year pays 10 cents a day in taxes for food stamps

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I've been trying to find the information myself for a long time for this kind of a break down on where our tax dollars go and how much each program really costs the average taxpayer. Someone finally posted some answers to my question. It really puts into perspective some of the petty arguments many of my conservative friends have about them working so hard just so somebody else doesn't have to.

Therefore, a married person with one child who makes $50,000 a year will pay $36.82 in taxes to ensure the food stamp program is fully funded. But wait, there is more. That $36.82 is not only for food stamps. Indeed, that money is allocated to two other programs that include the school lunch program, and the special supplemental food program for women, infants and children. Keep in mind, this comprises the totality of the costs associated with the program including administrative.

The breakdowns for how the $36.82 is allocated is not readily available, but do the math.

$36.82 divided by 365 days = 10 cents a day.

Consider the context. A person who is paid $50,000 a year earns, on average, $136 every 24 hours. Meaning that in a little over six hours, in the example where a person is paid for every hour of their life in perpetuity, that person would be able to pay for their entire yearly contribution to ensure that hungry people are fed.

By the way if you are curious as to what percentage 10 cents is while being compared to $136 a day the number is: 0.0735%

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-person-making-50-000-a-year-pays-10-cents-a-day-taxes-for-food-stamps

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Bush_Wacker
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Brother Rightie, can you spare a dime? You have to understand it is not about the money, just the principle, the interest and the "outrage" at having "takers" rob the "makers." It is ugly, childish and full of moral invective and narcissism, but it is not about the actual cost of decency and a good society.

drc2
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Probably if banksters paid their fair share of taxes from profits gained in food speculation and derivative bets on it, and if Big Ag kicked in with their share of taxes, it would foot much of the bill.

Not likely.

Ten cents isn't a whole lot to keep people from dying in the streets. Probably cheaper than hiring meat wagons to patrol the streets every morning to pick up the bodies...and it saves energy costs operating crematoriums and hearses .It keeps the cost of gas down.

The downside: profits from selling face masks to avoid the stench probably won't be very high. Sell your face mask stock. Buy it back if they eliminate Food Stamps.

Some probably think giving up an extra piece of bubble gum to keep others from starving is a high price to pay. I'd suspect most of those are under age five.

Great info Bush-wacker.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

polycarp2
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Not to mention that when you take these programs away, you have to pay for both police and prisons (which includes bith room and board in addition to state of the art security and round the clock supervision) to cover the fallout when these people start stealing money and food to survive. Which do you think is gonna cost more? lol.

Like I always say, these programs are not designed to eliminate poverty. They are designed to keep those in poverty just compliant enough to maintain the status quo so that ALL YOU CONSERVATIVE AHOLES can keep living the way you are. Have a nice day.

ah2
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Ah 2 wrote: Not to mention that when you take these programs away, you have to pay for both police and prisons

poly replies: Question. Would fundie Christians who help put the food stamp deniers in office die in the street...or steal a loaf of bread?

Over 40 million Americans are now on Food Stamps. Up from 22 million just a few years ago. That's a lot of prison cells.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

polycarp2
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Even disposing of the corpses of the victims of starvation would be more expensive. This is not about the money. It is about the resentment of the rich for the poor, and what is that about?

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