According to the Department of the Treasury, in 2016, the federal government spent $3.8 Trillion to pay its bills (I.e. Military, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Education etc.). Here’s how much of it was spent:
* Medicare/Medicaid – $1.1 Trillion
* Social Security – $976 Billion
* Dept. of Defense – $565 Billion
* Dept. of Treasury INTEREST ONLY on our Debt – $429 Billion
Those four “items” alone account for roughly $.80 for every $1 spent by the federal government.
Also according to the Department of the Treasury, the food stamps program which is part of spending through the Department of Agriculture, is less than 2% of overall federal spending each year. 2 cents of every $1 we pay in taxes
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