Over the course of fiscal year 2018, the U.S. government spent more per month on doling out food stamps to the allegedly impoverished than it would cost to end the ongoing government shutdown.
In September of 2018 alone, the last month of fiscal year 2018, the government spent $5.16 billion on the fraud-plagued Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or roughly $0.16 million more than the $5 billion President Donald Trump seeks for a southern U.S. border wall.
The total SNAP spending for 2018 was $68,493,000,000. Divided by 12 months, this means the government spent an average of $5.70 billion per month on food stamps.
Based on records kept by the U.S. Treasury Department, these numbers call into question the sincerity of Democrats who claim Trump’s wall would be a waste of money.
“I think it’s a waste of money. It just fans Trump’s illusions. No, I am not going to support $5 billion or money for a wall,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders asserted last week to CNN.
Plenty of other Democrats have echoed this rhetoric, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The American people know the president’s wall is ineffective, expensive, and only serves as a political bone to his most conservative supporters—certainly not worth a government shutdown.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 20, 2018
Trump’s border wall is just a stupid use of money. I will block any funding for it.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 21, 2017
For the wall’s $5.7 billion, every child in America could have access to Universal Pre-K.
Yet when we propose the SAME $, we’re told Universal Edu is a “fantasy”& asked “how are you going to pay for it”
Education is an investment in society that yields returns.
Walls are waste. https://t.co/fs0nvq6LJq
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 21, 2018
Yet every one of these Democrats is a staunch supporter of America’s wildly unaccountable and frequently abused welfare system, which in October of fiscal year 2018 doled out $5.89 billion in food stamps. That’s $0.89 billion more than the president seeks for the wall.
That’s likewise $181,643,000 more than the $5,710,357,000 in border wall funding that House Republicans appropriated in a last-minute spending bill passed late last week.
Because of obstruction from Schumer and his Democrat allies, the bill remains stalled in the Senate. The government entered into a partial shutdown last Saturday morning as a result.
The following chart from CNS News offers a visual interpretation of all these numbers:
Democrats refuse to help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pass the bill because they believe the $5.71 billion in border wall funding amounts to a glaring waste of money.
But as noted earlier, these same Democrats support America’s abused welfare system. And this matters in part because actual Americans aren’t the only ones abusing the system.
Investigations by the Center for Immigration Studies and Judicial Watch have found that illegal immigrants also collect food stamps — sometimes by the “vanload.”
In fact, a startling CIS report from two years found that in some cases illegal immigrants receive even more food stamps than actual American citizens.
But again, Democrats don’t seem to care, which is a fact many on social media find aggravating:
Democrats say we can’t afford 5 billion for One Year budgeted for the Wall.
Dep. of Treasury confirms that over 5 B dollars is spent Every Single Month on the Food Stamp Program.
68 Billion Dollars last fiscal year.
Guess who uses most of it?#BuildTheWallhttps://t.co/e5rv8evXyy
— BRITE-EYES👀💯❤️TRUMP (@Briteeye777) December 23, 2018
Federal Government Spent More on Food Stamps in 1 Month Than Trump Wants for 1 Year on Wall https://t.co/imEn7YeQre via @conserv_tribune And the Democrats have the Audacity to hold up money to Keep us and our Children and Grandchildren Safe??
— Helen Hangartner (@Yankeetude57) December 27, 2018
The wall doesn’t garner votes for Marxist Democrat Party; welfare does! Federal Government Spent More on Food Stamps in 1 Month Than Trump Wants for 1 Year on Wall https://t.co/OSIEz9fXdT
— Jim Mullen (@freedomforusnow) December 23, 2018
DC’s “democrats'” Deep Staters sieve more Money PER MONTH through mobbed-up “public service” um “unions”” for criminal aliens & other bums on “food” welfare than @POTUS needs in a YEAR, to #BuildOURwall! #MAGA #CCOT #teaparty @foxnews https://t.co/QiZZhHE9W1
— Brian Richard Allen (@Brian_R_Allen) December 22, 2018
Democrat Hatred and spite endangering the lives of AMERICANS.https://t.co/GVV1kh33Fh
— Jana Shellman (@wishladya) December 22, 2018
Perspective: More is spent in food stamps in 1-mo than Trump wants for 1-yr of wall funding. The Gov’t spends more in sugar-subsidies than Trump is asking for the wall.
Democrats have allowed the gov’t shut down b/c they refuse to protect our country. https://t.co/YE2d3ufe1G
— 𝔹𝕒𝕤𝕖𝕕 🇺🇸ⓂⒶⒼⒶ🇺🇸𝕊𝕥𝕖𝕧𝕖 (@RealBasedMAGA) December 22, 2018
The Federal Government spends more than $5.6 Billion on Food Stamps every month – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer says that $5 Billion to protect our Southern Border is “exorbitant” 🤔 #BuildThatWall @cnsnews https://t.co/xzDTNR6qD4
— David Burke (@ConservativeTht) December 24, 2018
As of Thursday the Democrats had still shown no willingness to pass the spending bill or even simply compromise with the president. Meanwhile, more money continued to be siphoned off into the pockets of illegal immigrants thanks to America’s Democrat-supported welfare system.
It’s been estimated that illegal immigration costs America at least $113 billion annually. That too is far more than the $5 billion Trump seeks to once and for all secure the nation’s southern border.