The Stimulus Had A Lot Of Pork In It

Now we know why they call it the Porkulus… (from the front page of Drudge)

RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $2,531,600 FOR ‘HAM, WATER ADDED, COOKED, FROZEN, SLICED, 2-LB’…
RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $1,191,200 FOR ‘2 POUND FROZEN HAM SLICED’…
RECOVERY.GOV // AWARDED: $16,784,272 FOR ‘CANNED PORK’…

There sure is a lot of pork in that bill…

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement indicating that the quantities of pork purchased were much higher. He said the pork came in 2 pound packages and they bought 760,000 pounds of it and that is why it cost so much. He said it was about $1.50 a pound.

Food lion has pork for 0.79 a pound. Seems to me if they are going to buy 380 tons of pork they could get a better price than Food Lion.

These might be legitimate costs (if they are telling the truth) but there are plenty that are not. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace a (one) door and a (one) dumbwaiter as well as install a traffic light. I saw many items where the available money equaled the bid, how convenient!

Perhaps, if they want to keep from creating confusion, they could actually put a quantity purchased on the bills so we know what was bought and can assess if the money was spent wisely.

I also want to know how buying all this food (which includes tons of cheese) is creating jobs. Sure, farmers have to produce more but how many people are being put to work?

Big Dog

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15 Responses to “The Stimulus Had A Lot Of Pork In It”

  1. Blake says:

    They aren’t producing much of anything except waste- just by going th the Food Lion, we could have gotten almost twice the amount.
    Just like liberals to not know the price, nor care what they pay.
    Sarah Palin would have the government whipping out coupons in a three- fer frenzy at the Safeway, and gotten good value.

    • Darrel says:

      Palin knows a lot about getting “good value” from government “coupons.” Alaska is in third place for greatest wealth distribution, netting 84 cents of welfare for every dollar paid in.

      Sweet.

      D.

      • Blake says:

        Behind New Jersey and coming up fast- the ideal,after all would be to get a dollar for a dollar.
        This is why we need less Fed management.

        • Darrel says:

          BLK: “Behind New Jersey and coming up fast-“>>

          DAR
          For the third time, NJ is the *furthest* of ALL states from being a welfare state. For every dollar they send to the fed they get 61 cents back.

          Alaska TAKES $1.84 in federal money for every dollar they send.

          See the list here.

          Notice the RED welfare states at the top (Alaska 3rd place) and all the BLUE states at the bottom.

          BLK: “…the ideal, after all would be to get a dollar for a dollar.>>

          DAR
          Then the ideal is practiced by BLUE states. Every state that takes a dollar or less for every dollar it pays in, except for Texas, is a BLUE state.

          Of the top 25 welfare states (top of the list), 20 of them are RED states.

          “Wealth distribution” indeed.

          D.

        • Blake says:

          I am kind of suspicious of your list, D- I mean, I know that NY and NJ tax the snot out of their citizens but some of those others are just wrong. What criteria were they using?

        • Darrel says:

          BLK: “I am kind of suspicious of your list, D->>

          DAR
          I welcome your skepticism.

          BLK: I mean, I know that NY and NJ tax the snot out of their citizens>>

          DAR
          Yes they do. This would not be relevant to FED tax dollars paid and received by the state.

          BLK: but some of those others are just wrong.>>

          DAR
          Excellent. You’ve made the claim, now back it up.

          BLK: What criteria were they using?”>>

          DAR
          Count the dollars paid to the Fed by the state, and then count the Fed dollars received from the Fed by the state. It’s not very difficult and it’s not a big mystery. This is an objective measurable claim we should be able to agree upon.

          Their source, as given, is The Tax Foundation. Note:

          “The Tax Foundation is the oldest non-profit tax think tank in the country, founded in 1937.”

          Don’t forget to back up your claim.

          D.

      • Big Dog says:

        So they still pay more than they get. As a population across the country the bottom two quintiles of wage earners get much more from government than they pay in and the top three get less than they pay in.

        • Darrel says:

          Bigd: “So they still pay more than they get.>>

          DAR
          No, Alaska, pays much LESS than they get.

          They pay in $1.00 and take $1.84.

          See the list here.

          D.

        • Blake says:

          D- isn’t Arkansas a red state?

        • Darrel says:

          BLK: “D- isn’t Arkansas a red state?”>>

          DAR
          Absolutely, It is pretty much the epicenter of all red states (but it is rather independent too, voting for Clinton twice). This is why my missionary work is so important. Helping the intellectually destitute and politically confused. Seems to be working. I think the tide has turned.

          D.

      • Blake says:

        Gotta save the Polar Bears, D- that’s who gets the .84 cents.

  2. Schatzee says:

    If the government would butt out of the pipeline situation, wouldn’t Alaska be able to make some serious money and avoid using so many federal dollars? Just wondering..

  3. Big Dog says:

    But what was the money for? If federal money went for roads and infrastructure then it is not welfare.

    The task for you is to show how each of these states receives more in Social Welfare than the blue states.

    You made the claim now show it.

    Infrastructure and legitimate federal expenses are not welfare so you cannot make that claim.

    So show it in social welfare dollars.

  4. Big Dog says:

    Voting for Clinton twice does not make Arkansas independent. First fo all he was from there.

    Second of all the people I know in AK said they voted for him for pres to get him out of the state.