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Sen. Paul's math on cuts doesn't add up


On the WLKY-TV new, Jan. 27, 2011, it was reported that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (Tea Party) plans to introduce legislation to cut $400 billion from the USA food stamp program and to cut $16 billion from funding for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. USA military will yet be paid, but local (Iraqi/Afghan) kitchen-police, etc., might be laid off or contractors' profits reduced.

Unemployed and low-wage earners now, obviously, know whose side Rand Paul is on. Given Sen. Paul's minuscule proposed cut for the military's Iraq/Afghanistan wars, obviously, he really doesn't plan to bring the troops home anytime soon.

Four hundred billion dollars calculates to $1,333 per citizen, per year, $124 per week for every family of four. Likely, the senator has reported bogus ciphering. Furthermore, if only 1/2 of the families were getting food stamps (i.e. a family of four), that would be $248 in food stamps per week. If 1/3 of families of four were getting food stamps, it'd be $372 per week.

Obviously, if food stamp expenses in the USA for taxpayers is $400 billion per year, there is some dramatic fraud somewhere, as 33 percent of us families of four aren't getting $372 in food stamps weekly!

In fact, most likely, the USA food stamp budget for 2010 was not $400 billion. To repeat, the senator has staff inept at ciphering.

Joe Kost
Depauw, Ind.
February 09, 2011


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