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And These Are the People Who Are Going to Make Health Care Cheaper?

posted at 8:26 am on July 20, 2009 by

As if we needed more fuel for our tea parties…

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. Taxpayers spent $1,265,800 a pound for some ham. Over the weekend I spent $3.79 a pound — I circled in red the guffaw-inducing parts:

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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: $1,191,200 FOR ’2 POUND FROZEN HAM SLICED’

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)

RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $1,562,568 FOR ‘MOZZARELLA CHEESE’

RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $5,708,260 FOR ‘PROCESS CHEESE’

RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $16,784,272 FOR ‘CANNED PORK’

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.

But hey, let’s let ‘em run the health care system of the entire nation! Great idea.

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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$16,784,272 FOR ‘CANNED PORK’

I’ll sell them a can of SPAM for less than $16 million.

Daggett on July 20, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Hey, I’ll even give the government a special deal on my $15.9 million can of SPAM. Buy one, get one.

Daggett on July 20, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Erm…

MadisonConservative on July 20, 2009 at 8:45 AM

I drove through West Virginia this weekend, and saw lots of “recovery project” signs, and not a lick of work being done near any of them.

rockmom on July 20, 2009 at 9:28 AM

But it was sliced.

PatMac on July 20, 2009 at 9:49 AM

NASA “lost” the original 1969 moon-landing footage. By accident, mind you.
This is who will be in charge of the health records of 300 million Americans (and others).
Scratch that.
This is the agency full of rocket scientists.
Our health records will be kept by the less intelligent federal employees.

Eyas on July 20, 2009 at 10:12 AM

NASA “lost” the original 1969 moon-landing footage. By accident, mind you.
This is who will be in charge of the health records of 300 million Americans (and others).
Scratch that.
This is the agency full of rocket scientists.
Our health records will be kept by the less intelligent federal employees.

Eyas on July 20, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Yeah, well what they do isn’t exactly rocket sci… oh, right.

Daggett on July 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM

As a guy with an Animal Science degree, I guarantee you that I could get a HELLOFALOT better price on 3/4 million pounds of ham than $1.50 per #. Like less then half that price.

Ditto cheese.

Somebody got real healthy in that deal.

Ragspierre on July 20, 2009 at 9:09 PM