The Budget Numbers Tell Story of Their Own

You can cut agriculture to the bone and forget about interstate highways, but that won't solve the budget problem

There's a lot of talk out there about what needs to be done to fix the federal budget problem.

Routinely, farm subsidies are a part of that conversation.

I found some Cato Institute numbers on just who gets what of the federal budget broken down in an interesting way and I thought I would share some of them.

The biggest share of your dollars goes to Health and Human Services -- $869 billion a year -- or around $7,400 per household on average: That's $617 a month, per household.

Next is defense at $721 billion, or $6,110 per household or $510 per month, per household.

Transportation gets $91 billion or about $770 per household per year. That's $65 a month.

Agriculture's budget is about $142 billion, with only $30 billion of that going to actual payments to anyone who farms or engages in conservation programs. The rest goes to food stamps, school lunches, and assorted stuff like ensuring the accuracy of grocery store scanners that USDA does. For "subsidies to farmers" that's about $1,200 a year per household for everything ag and about $144 a year per household -- a whopping $12 a month -- to keep people on the land producing food, fiber and fuel.

Kind of makes ag subsidies look like a pretty good deal, doesn't it?


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