Double that figure... nah, let's triple it (to factor in larger states) to about a hundred-fifty million, multiply by fifty for all the states, you get around seven-point-five-billion dollars per YEAR for welfare benefits in the U.S.
Compare that to the twelve-billion dollars per MONTH the U.S. is spending on the war in Iraq.
Or another way: $45-million for a population of about 1.2 million persons works out to about $11.25-billion dollars per YEAR for the 300-million population of the U.S., or roughly equivalent to the cost of ONE MONTH of the war in Iraq.
Considering that the total value of the welfare benefits for a single client with two or three kids in Hawaii can run upwards of $30,000 a year, for the cost of the war in Iraq, every welfare client in the U.S. could be given three-point-six million dollars a year! We could have a nation of welfare millionaires, who would all shop at K-Mart and Wal-Mart, thereby stimulating our economy and catapulting us once again to international super-power status.
But... naaah! It's more important to invest our nation's wealth in killing people.