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Tuesday, July 21st, 2009   7:44 am | Author: chris | Economy, Food, Politics/Government |
Matt Drudge and the Republicans have found a new cause: make sure that the poor and homeless don’t benefit from the stimulus package.
Drudge reported (now that is a joke in itself) that the stimulus package included millions of dollars for pork products. Of course Drudge and the Republicans just love to blame Democrats for pork spending although they have been some of the biggest abusers of this practice.
Drudge claimed that $1.19 million was spent on “2 pound frozen ham” and $16.7 was to be spent on “canned pork”
Drudge never bothered to go any further and get into the details because that would have killed his story and he couldn’t have that happen. So the story spread like wildfire on the Internet and the right wing bloggers and Republicans just jumped on the bandwagon. Like the good old days when Bush was in office and they all marched in lockstep.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explained that the $1.19 million was not for a “2 pound frozen ham” (although anyone with half a brain could have figured that out). It was for 760,000 pounds of ham to be shipped to homeless shelters and soup kitchens to feed the poor. The additional money was also to be spent on pork as well as various dairy products also destined for the soup kitchens and shelters.
Vilsack said ”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 … [to] food retailers, manufacturers and transportation companies as well as the farmers and ranchers who produce our food supply.”
The stupidity never ends. Drudge must be hard up for “news”.