poor people suck

Republicans Now Furious About Dept. of Agriculture Buying Some Food For Starving Americans

You know who sucks? Poor jobless hungry people in America, that’s who! The famous wingnut blog “The Drudge Report” got some GOP people very, very excited because Drudge posted something suggesting the government spent $1.2 million to purchase “two pounds of ham.” TALK ABOUT PORK SPENDING, HEY-O! But, according to sad pooh-bear agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, “the contract in question purchased 760,000 pounds of ham for $1.19 million, at a cost of approximately $1.50 per pound.”

This food was purchased to feed people, while also “stimulating” the food industry by putting $1.19 million into this industry, in money. The Agriculture Department also bought 878,000 pounds of cheese, a form of dairy protein often distributed to the hungry people in America, as the Reagan Administration famously did throughout the awful endless recession and collapse of the working class during the 1980s.

Vilsack said the food was purchased for distribution to local groups, including food banks and soup kitchens, that support the needy. He said the purchases would help reduce hunger among those hardest hit by the recession.

Vilsack also said the purchases could provide “a modest economic benefit” for Americans working for food retailers, manufacturers and transportation companies, as well as ranchers and farmers.

That sounds awfully close to “Economic Stimulus,” Tom — in other words, MORE BUSH-REAGAN NWO COMMUNISM.

USDA: 760,000 pounds of ham for $1.2M

Related

About the author

A writer and editor of this website from 2006 to early 2012, Ken Layne is occassionally seen on Twitter and writes small books and is already haunting you from beyond (your) grave.

View all articles by Ken Layne

Hola wonkerados.

To improve site performance, we did a thing. It could be up to three minutes before your comment appears. DON'T KEEP RETRYING, OKAY?

Also, if you are a new commenter, your comment may never appear. This is probably because we hate you.

112 comments

  1. Bearbloke

    After $100 Billion in Gubmint Cheddar to AIG, what’s a few crumb between us rat friends…

  2. GreatOldOnesParty

    “Government Cheese”
    Couldn’t they think of a better name?
    Fucking FIRE they’re marketing exec.

  3. charlesdegoal

    If you stand in a breadline you now get a ham and cheese sandwich. After socialism triumphs, they’ll add mustard.

  4. 19kevin8

    When I am poor, I like to feed on discarded shell casings, surplus gunpowder, and ants. Fire ants.

  5. Hooray For Anything

    My level of outrage here depends on the cheese. If all the cheese that was bought American cheese, I’m a little upset. However, if they purchased a nice camelbert or havarti, I have no problem with it

  6. RightLies

    An item on The Sludge Retort was not true?

    Can such things be?

    That means Ole BlunderRush’s talking points may not be 99.1% correct!

    The horror! The HORROR!

  7. hobospacejunkie

    $10 billion/month down the Halliburton/KBR drain Iraq = no problem. $1.2 million to feed your hungry countrymen = ZOMFG WELFARE QUEENS GOVT WASTE OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT FUCK COMMUNISM!!1!

  8. wx insider

    But the Drudge Report noted that Food Lion is selling
    ham at $.79 a pound instead of the buck-fifty the
    government paid.

    I hope they bought some of those $2,000 toilet seats,
    cause they’re going to need them with all the diarreha
    from the ham and cheese!

  9. Custersdeadhorse

    [re=366393]V572625694[/re]: Muslins don’tthink highly of pork either. Does this mean the canned hams are a christian power grab?

  10. Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Isn’t the true tragedy that Americans do not think that the poor are worth $600,000.00 a pound ham? If it is good enough for Wall Street, why is it not good enough for the poor?

  11. SayItWithWookies

    [re=366408]wx insider[/re]: Like Matt Drudge would even touch a slice of Food Lion ham.

    Well at least now we know what John McCain will be twittering about for the next month.

  12. Extemporanus

    My “stimulus package” has about 878,000 pounds of “government cheese” in it as well. It’s actually quite tasty when smeared on a cracker.

  13. Pat Pending

    [re=366408]wx insider[/re]: I think ham and cheese is binding. We’ll need to give the poor some fiber.

  14. azw88

    Why all that pork spent on, well, pork? Because “the leper messiah”* Obama hates him some Jews THAT’S WHY!

    (*from a sign at the Tea-bagger party outside my congresswoman’s office on Friday)

  15. Prommie

    [re=366408]wx insider[/re]: Canned fucking hams fucking cost more, sludge, duh, moron. But they keep, so you can give them to homeless forest and cave-dwelling poors who don’t have the refrigeration.

  16. ph7

    [re=366408]wx insider[/re]: Sure, the Food Lion ham whole, uncut and still boned. But the unemployed have nothing better to do but slice hams all day, so why use taxpayer money to pay some Union thug .71/lb to debone that Food lion ham, cut it up into slices, wrap it in a sealed vacuum pack, and package it for refrigerated delivery. If Drudge wants you to pay .71 for that ham bone, you’d better eat that bone!

  17. V572625694

    [re=366414]Custersdeadhorse[/re]: Jews, Muslins, vegans…Jesus Hussein Christ this is a plot against all the Unamerican Americans out there. Not a moment too soon!

  18. OffTheRecord

    [re=366419]Pat Pending[/re]: Back in the 80′s you got peanut butter as well. It pretty much kept things held together. And yes, I was a white trash toddler back in the Reagan years. That cheese is heinous, by the way. I knew that even then. The texture in no way resembles actual cheese.

  19. S.Luggo

    Keep them on the street where they can’t get into trouble:
    ***

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/20/stimulus.summer.jobs/
    Stimulus goes to summer jobs, but critics raise questions
    July 20, 2009

    Some critics such as U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, question whether temporary summer employment is the most effective use of stimulus money.

    While Cantor says that summer jobs programs are positive and help young people look forward to the future, “I think the American people are just frustrated at seeing their taxpayer dollars wasted.” “When you say that you want to see a stimulus bill work, they, the American people, expect that stimulus bill will be focused like a laser on creating jobs.”

  20. Fox n Fiends

    I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF MY TAX DOLLARS DOING JESUSES WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111

  21. 4tehlulz

    [re=366430]S.Luggo[/re]: A job creation package should not create jobs…..

    And Eric Cantor wants to run for prez. DO IT ERIC – WE NEEDZ TEH FUNNIEZ

  22. Crankenstank

    Please tell me where I can get a pound of ham for $1.50 a pound. Trichinosis-free, please. Aha! I bet that’s the catch! It’s tainted ham, all part of the secret muslin plan to do in America’s pork industry…

  23. azw88

    [re=366427]4tehlulz[/re]: Because black people don’t do rock/metal, save Living Colour, which is the exception that proves the rule.

  24. Chickensmack

    [re=366431]Fox n Fiends[/re]: Nobody needs a carpenter right now, so Jesus is also unemployed. How the fuck is he supposed to meet this need, without Christ Vilsack?

  25. azw88

    [re=366431]Fox n Fiends[/re]: No, Jebus gave out loaves of bread and fish…. it was Saint Reagan that passed out the cheese.

  26. queeraselvis v 2.0

    I notice the Rethugs conveniently overlooked the $16.8m Vilsack et al. spent on “canned pork,” which I can only translate as a metric shit-ton of Vienna Sausages and Spam.

  27. hobospacejunkie

    [re=366438]Robt.[/re]: There goes the blog whore whoring his blog, like a whore. Like a dirty, cheap, filthy syphilitic whore.

  28. WhatTheHeck

    Kennedy’s presidency was known as Camelot.
    Obama’s will henceforth be known as Hamelot.

  29. SayItWithWookies

    [re=366430]S.Luggo[/re]: Dear Eric “Biggest Dumbass in My State’s Congressional Delegation” Cantor: What part of giving people work doesn’t create jobs? Please wait 45 minutes to respond — I don’t think anything you say will make sense before the acid kicks in.

    Yours,

    SIw/W

  30. Extemporanus

    [re=366393]V572625694[/re]: Jews may be against pork, but they’re apparently not against porking cheese.

    Maybe if they stopped fucking their food long enough to eat some it, they wouldn’t be so damn hungry. Or is that not kosher?

  31. assistant/atlas

    [re=366400]Hooray For Anything[/re]: I grew up on government cheese. In fact, I prefer it.
    -Tracy Morgan

  32. queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=366445]hobospacejunkie[/re]: Robt is Meghan McCain? We haz bin INVADED!

  33. V572625694

    [re=366447]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Hard to say why, but it seems possible that Rep Cantor is a member of the Hebriac Tribe, thus rendering him anathematic to the wingnut base of the Republican Party. So his candidacy wouldn’t survive New Hampshuh, even if he made it through Iowa. To which one can only say, “Bring it on!” We’ll laugh and laugh and laugh…

    [re=366445]hobospacejunkie[/re]: Well stated. I feel the “whoosh” of the banhammer as Ken’s manly arms swing it above our heads. May I be passed over!

  34. hockeymom

    Silly people. Didn’t you learn anything during the last administration? Rich people are BETTER.
    Poor people should be not seen and not heard (unless they are taking care of our children, cleaning our toilets and serving our food…and even then, invisible would be preferable).

  35. Mad Farmer Manifest

    Yay! Ham and cheese for the poors. Because what the poors need is food that will contribute to later health problems. Oh, and let’s make sure that it is from dairy farmers and pork producers, 2 of the most ecologically destructive agricultural producers. I hope you like nitrate and fecal bacteria in your drinking water. Gov’t purcahsing fail. This may benefit hungry people, but I’m willing to bet this could’ve been done in a way that ISN’T coporate welfare for agribusiness.

  36. Hooray For Anything

    [re=366430]S.Luggo[/re]: What sort of summer jobs will be created by stimulus money? I’d totally work at a water slide park over the summer if I could get some free ham.

    [re=366435]Extemporanus[/re]: Jesus, McCain is somehow using the Moon landing as yet another excuse to appear on TV. He’s gotta be the biggest camera whore in DC and that’s saying something

  37. bureaucrap

    [re=366463]Mad Farmer Manifest[/re]: No, actually it couldn’t be done in a way that wasn’t corporate welfare. It’s run through USDA, after all. The primary point is corporate welfare. Feeding people is an “unintended consequence.”

  38. Mad Farmer Manifest

    [re=366463]Mad Farmer Manifest[/re]: Cranky ecologist/farmer spelling fail. That’s “purchasing” not “purcahsing”. Moran.

  39. Mad Farmer Manifest

    [re=366465]bureaucrap[/re]: Sigh. I know. I can still dream unless that’s illegal due to the Mind Control and Independent Thought Crushing Act of 2005.

  40. Paul Tardy

    Maybe the US gov should stop supporting the price of milk. Ask Sen. Franken why Minnesota cannot export milk to California.

  41. Extemporanus

    [re=366464]Hooray For Anything[/re]: McCain thinks the moon really is made out of cheese. His teevee appearance tonight is to announce the Republican’s “Drill there, drill now!” response to the pork-laden ObamaCheese program.

  42. IceCreamEmpress

    But the Drudge Report noted that Food Lion is selling
    ham at $.79 a pound instead of the buck-fifty the
    government paid.

    Yes, the federal government should be buying food aid from whatever local store is running a loss-leader special. Also, clipping coupons.

    I mean, seriously, WTF?

  43. S.Luggo

    [re=366464]Hooray For Anything[/re]:
    I know for a fact the Representative Cantor’s district has a crying need for caddies and lawn jockeys.

  44. S.Luggo

    In other news:
    http://www.theweek.com/article/index/98751/Governor_Xs_looming_sex_scandal
    Governor X’s Looming Sex Scandal
    A prostitute who allegedly slept with Eliot Spitzer is implicating another married governor
    US News & World Report
    July 20, 2009
    *********

    http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/07/19/2009-07-19_hooker_who_worked_for_kristin_davis_says_eliot_spitzer_wasnt_her_only_governor.html

    Eliot Spitzer not my only governor – hooker who worked for Kristin Davis
    Sunday, July 19th 2009

  45. azw88

    [re=366464]Hooray For Anything[/re]: What’s McCain saying, “Hey,I can tell you about sacrifice! I had to watch the moon landing by staring at the actual moon through a hole in the roof of the Hanoi Hilton while I writhed in pain and shat myself nearly to death from dysentery!”?

  46. bureaucrap

    [re=366469]Mad Farmer Manifest[/re]: Pursuant to the aforesaid Act, “expressions of unsupportable optimism are punishable by blog-reading until your eyes fall out.” Lasciate Speranze Voi che Entrate.

  47. azw88

    [re=366480]S.Luggo[/re]: “…whose wife is “prominent in her own right.” ”
    Whew. Keeps AZ out of this scandal, as our guv back then was a woman and not married, nor could be legally, (if’n ya get mydrift). And our current governor is a woman and married, but not in the gey-way. (and is far too ugly for anyone to want to have sex with more than once, if even that)

  48. finallyhappy

    [re=366457]V572625694[/re]: Cantor is Jewish- and I think the only Jewish GOPer in Congress- since Coleman get kicked out. However, we at the ZOG are working on ways to get him to convert.

  49. Uncle Glenny

    [re=366443]azw88[/re]: I think Reagan likely cut the cheese a lot too in later years.

  50. S.Luggo

    [re=366489]azw88[/re]: Pawlenty’s wifey is a prominent, in a cheap, meretricious and whorish way. Plus she no likes having the sexy-sexy bang-bang with him, Pawlenty has said.

  51. NYNYNY

    2 lbs of ham for $1.2 million dollars. Unbelievable. Can anyone say GRAFT? Old style chicago politics. Hey Obama, I’ve got some ham you can buy…oh that’s right, you don’t eat ham, do you…(wink)

  52. kernelPanic

    There are people on LGF who are seriously discussing the cost of bulk ham and the price difference between “smoked, unsliced bone-in ham” vs. “sliced, cooked ham”.

    .. all because someone found an online price for bone-in uncooked ham at $.79/lb and tried to use that to show that the muslin usurper was overpaying even at $1.59/lb.

    Amazing fun.

  53. hoosiermama

    [re=366425]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: I esp. liked that post because of the “Atlantis All-Gay Cruises” ad next to it. Very enjoyable, like a fine, government brie.

  54. paintitblack

    [re=366463]Mad Farmer Manifest[/re]: Ya beat me to it. Dunno why the GOP is so upset about yet more corporate welfare to big Ag. Thought that’s what they liked so much.

    And hey! I thought all those teabaggers said NObama was “run” by the Jews, so whaddup w/da pork?

  55. President Beeblebrox

    Ahem:

    “At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and Destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.”

    “Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge.

    “Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.

    “And the Union workhouses?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”

    “They are. Still,” returned the gentleman, “I wish I could say they were not.”

    “The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?” said Scrooge.

    “Both very busy, sir.”

    “Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had occurred to stop them in their useful course,” said Scrooge. “I’m very glad to hear it.”

  56. nightshift

    Since Obama is a gay muslim terrorist elitist, I guess we’ll be eating prosciutto and roquefort in our re-education internment camps. Goddammit, I wanna eat my Esskay pressed ham, American cheese, and wonder bread in the comfort of my double wide while watching the WWF!

  57. President Beeblebrox

    [re=366489]azw88[/re]: I posted a link to that earlier today. Speculation on the NY Daily News comment/peanut gallery was rampant that Gov. X is PA Gov. “Fast Eddie” Rendell, whose wife is a judge on the Third Circuit. The thought of anyone making it with Fast Eddie is skeeve-inducing.

    Or, the prominent wife could be Supriya Jolly Jindal… not.

    OH HEY LOOK the Jindals have theme-named kids like the Palins, except their theme is the letter S: Selia, Shaan, and Slade. SLADE?

  58. 102415

    Is anyone else hungry for Mac n’Cheese about now? I’ll take a slice of that ham too.
    Thank you.
    Share people.It’s what makes you human.

  59. azw88

    [re=366510]mrsixinch[/re]: she’d make a terrible agent at that. She can’t negotiate to save her life, not even with her own fuckin party….

  60. dementor

    [re=366457]V572625694[/re]: Amen to manly arms wielding stern, but fair hammers of bans.

  61. BlueStateLibtard

    I can’t even laugh about this, it is just too sad. If only the “Rapture” would happen now, I would love to see Jesus condemn these evil hypocritical Reputards to Hell. And the look on their faces.

  62. Servo

    Funny that all the howling seems to come from the Jim-Bobs and Betty-Lous that have complied with God’s strict orders to have umpteen kids they can’t afford to raise. I guess they believe that the only acceptable handouts are from the Lord’s pantry. “If ya cain’t come to the Lord far a li’l ham, fuckin’ starve!”

  63. Hooray For Anything

    [re=366493]S.Luggo[/re]: Considering how everyone who gets named a leading contender for the GOP 2012 Sacrificial Lamb nomination gets caught with their zipper down, it could very well be either Pawlenty or Jindal. In fact, maybe Romney’s figured out the only way he can win the nomination is to hire a bunch of attractive women to seduce his potential opponents, thus creating a situation in which he’ll be the only one left standing. Well, except for Huckabee– Romney probably can’t find any women who’d want to try and seduce him.

  64. jimstoic

    I’ll bet there’s a few Republicans who are happy with this: the ones who sold the ham and cheese to the gubmnt.

  65. kth

    [re=366417]SayItWithWookies[/re]: oh, I imagine he’s considering a whole haunch of Food Lion ham.

  66. DangerousLiberal

    Anyone ever eat that gubmint cheese? You couldn’t shred it, so it was useless for nachos, because, also, it wouldn’t melt: the chips would turn black and the cheese would be sitting there. I think it was made of asbestos.

    My roommate scored this cheese, because he qualified as a poor, in college, and so we had a ton of it. We never got any tasty gubmint butter. If gubmint ham is as nasty as the cheese, the living will envy the dead.

  67. Winsome

    [re=366400]Hooray For Anything[/re]: I don’t think I like “camelbert” Is it like goat cheese?

  68. S.Luggo

    [re=366507]President Beeblebrox[/re]: The Edster weighs 300 pounds, and his lust runs towards 2 foot Italian subs and Slurpies.
    Then again, Rendel might have been on a mission to find Whore Diamonds to balance the PA budget. Work, work, work.

    Another guess: Governor Ahnuld. His better one-quarter is a Kennedy.

  69. Servo

    [re=366548]DangerousLiberal[/re]:
    Perhaps NASA should’ve covered the space shuttle’s belly with gubmint cheese.

  70. laverneandsurely

    Could have bought it from Food Lion at $0.79 per pound. Plus they were buying in bulk, couldn’t they have negotiated a better price? Guess it doesn’t matter when you’re spending other people’s money.

    Could have just handed the money back to the taxpayers and let them buy the ham themselves, or maybe turkey because that’s a bit healthier and less offensive to certain religions.

  71. Rush

    Poor, fat and constipated. Next will be the Obama National Basketball Camp for all those fat poor people.

  72. desertwind

    Call for rewrite!

    Those may be hungry folk lining up for free cheese (and ham!) but the real Pork goes to Big Ag plain and simple.

    Why does Drudge hate the American farmer?

  73. meyotch

    [re=366407]4tehlulz[/re]: No, seriously, why does Reagan hate America? I’m no Sam the Eagle, but I’m starting to get a little mad (ok, a lot mad) at people who seem to want our country to fail to prove some little point.

    It’s hateful and mean. I want desperately to believe that we might be the good guys once in a while. I haven’t posted here for a while because I have no snark. Only rage at ideologues who’ve poisoned our democracy to score cheap points.

    Rage, like cheap bourbon, is delicious but eventually leads to vitamin deficiency and the giving of $5 hand-jobs.

  74. S.Luggo

    [re=366491]finallyhappy[/re]: You forget Senator Joe Lieberperson. As his long suffering wives might know, he swings from both sides of the plate. (That was a purely a political reference. Really.)

  75. Norbert

    [re=366503]President Beeblebrox[/re]:

    ‘An intelligent boy.’ said Scrooge. ‘A remarkable boy.
    Do you know whether they’ve sold the prize Ham that
    was hanging up there — Not the little prize Ham: the
    big one.’

    ‘What, the one as big as me.’ returned the boy.

    ‘What a delightful boy.’ said Scrooge. ‘It’s a pleasure
    to talk to him. Yes, my buck.’

    ‘It’s hanging there now,’ replied the boy.

    ‘Is it.’ said Scrooge. ‘Go and buy it.’

  76. Norbert

    Lion Ham. What is this Lion Ham dem speak of? Lion Ham. Lionel Hampton. An African-American. I rest my case. Wake up, sheeple.

    half in the bag Norbert

  77. hobospacejunkie

    [re=366463]Mad Farmer Manifest[/re]: What a coincidence. I love both nitrates and fecal bacteria! Yeah, what everyone else said. The Farm Bill is perhaps our greatest, bestest example of corporate welfare. God help us should some kind of blight attack corn, soy or wheat in this country. We’ll be begging Russia for grain exports. Also, the Farm Bill pays Big Ag to pollute and/or deplete our groundwater & also toture animals while feeding them corn people could eat & which cows wouldn’t normally eat. All around a great deal for taxpayers!

  78. ThatOne

    [re=366585]laverneandsurely[/re]:
    Pork is going for .63/lb on the hoof ($63/cwt). That includes the skin, bones, shit, blood, brains, assholes and the rest of the intestines, lungs, heart, eyeballs, spleen, liver, hair, trotters and snouts (and pigs have very large snouts). $1.50/lb is a very good price for ham, especially if one remembers ham is smoked and processed. Food Lion is losing money on each pound of ham they sell at .79/lb.. They make their money on the other crap people buy when they go to pick up the ham deal at the store. Most adults know that that’s how loss leaders work but then again when have the GOPer whiners ever qualified as adults.

  79. BillHennessy

    I challenge the author to show where the Constitution permits the government to confiscate your property to give those it deems more deserving.

    Second, I challenge you to produce one human being of sound mind who unwillingly starving or in danger of starving.

    If you would like to accept these challenges, email me at the address on record. If not, you should stop making a fool of yourself by publicizing your ignorance in this forum.

    Cordially,
    Bill Hennessy

  80. gurukalehuru

    I’m hoping it’s Arnold, for the lulz, but I’d be happy with Pawlenty, too, because I’ve already got a joke about him getting pawlenty ,lol. Joe Lieberschwanz would be just too good to be true.

    and I add my name to the list of white trash hillbillies in here who grew up on government cheese. It ain’t Roquefort, but it’s perfectly edible.

  81. Atlas Spanked

    [re=366688]BillHennessy[/re]: Yawn. Internet tough guy fight. Classic winger rant.

    But here’s the punch line: Nobody cares about your anger. It’s boring. And your views are uneducated tripe. So when you challenge people to “debate” on the internet, they rightfully laugh at you because you’re not worth the time.

  82. Lazy Media

    [re=366426]ph7[/re]: I’m sure that’s fresh, not cured/cooked ham, too. So you have to have a big oven and the necessary cookware to baked it, which I’m sure most welfare recipients have.

Comments are closed.