Gov’t Spends $1,265,800 a Pound for Ham (Updated)

These are the people who are going to make our health care cheaper…

The government has moved from spending wildly excessive amounts of money on pork, to wildly excessive amounts on money on a small amount of ham.

Follow some of the links on Drudge concerning how the stimulus money is being spent, and you’ll realize why you’re not seeing a lot of stimulation — unless you’re buddies with a politician.

Here’s the most pathetic item listed on the Recovery.Gov website so far — I circled in red the guffaw-inducing parts:


Makes you long for the fiscally responsible days of $900 toilet seats, doesn’t it?

Here are some more that Drudge linked:


RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $351,807 FOR ‘REPLACE AND UPGRADE THE DUMBWAITER’… (I think this has something to do with reconditioning Joe Biden’s hair plugs, but I’m not sure)




The latter is proof-positive that if you’re in the business of pork long enough, eventually you end up with actual pork.

The “stimulus” scam is one of the biggest, most expensive frauds in history — just after man-made global warming, which is, not coincidentally, peddled by the same people.

Anybody who supports government-run health care is either in on the scheme, mentally challenged beyond belief or ‘all of the above.”

Oh, and don’t forget, $18 million in taxpayer money was wasted to re-design the Recovery.Gov website where all the waste is listed.

Update: The gov’t explains the “two pound” misunderstanding:

The references to “2 pound frozen ham sliced” are to the sizes of the packaging. Press reports suggesting that the Recovery Act spent $1.191 million to buy “2 pounds of ham” are wrong. In fact, the contract in question purchased 760,000 pounds of ham for $1.191m, at a cost of approximately $1.50 per pound. In terms of the dairy purchase referenced, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) purchased 837,936 pounds of mozzarella cheese and 4,039,200 pounds of processed cheese.

While the principal purpose of these expenditures is to provide food to those hardest hit by these tough times, the purchases also provide a modest economic benefit of benefiting Americans working at food retailers, manufacturers and transportation companies as well as the farmers and ranchers who produce our food supply.”

Somebody’s stimulating themselves one hell of a ham and cheese sandwich.

In spite of the explanation, I’m wary of a government that’s purchasing tons of food in order to feed all the people they know will be unemployed by wildly over-expensive “stimuli” — such as purchasing tons of food.

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