More government pork? Obama directs military, USDA to buy meat in lean times
After billions of dollars in government bailouts of banks, automakers,and Fannie and Freddie here comes another one: The Beef Bailout.
With so many folks getting federal hand-out love, perhaps it was only inevitable that the livestock industry would be next, even though it’s already received $3.7 billion in subsidies from 1995 to 2011, according to the Environmental Working Group.
The rationale: A bad drought has hit livestock folks hard. President Barack Obama directed the military and USDA to spend some more money, including $170 million for pork, chicken, lamb and catfish. The money would help farmers and ranchers to sell more and save taxpayer cash on food the government would purchase anyway, the White House said.
Critics, aren't happy, saying Obama isn't doing enough to make it rain. Obama's meat buy, on the other hand, will cost more than the individual GDPs of 11 of the world's countries, according to the CIA World Factbook.
The president has also directed the military to explore accelerating meat purchases, which it would freeze it for future use.
The Department of Defense annually purchases about:
194 million pounds of beef (estimated cost $212.2 million)
164 million pounds of pork ($98.5 million)
1500,000 pounds of lamb ($4.3 million)
EXLUSIVE: Watchdog has learned the military gets Spam. From July 2011 to June, the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support purchased 701 cases of Spam for $31,242. No word on whether Hormel Foods will also cash in on the federal aid.
(Will this cause blowback against the military? It's already had to deal with "emission prohibitons" (see link) for soldiers in Afghanistan.)
Obama noted that the meat buy won't solve the problem.
"We can't make it rain," he said.
Oh, but can’t he?
And that brings us to our quote of the month: “...The president continues to blame anyone and everyone for the drought but himself,” Boehner said.
Who can argue with that?