We know pork-barrel politics are all the rage, but even this one reeked of exaggeration.
Vilsack clarified the purchase, saying it wasn't a two-pound ham but 760,000 pounds of ham that can be distributed in two-pound packages. Whew. The cost per pound immediately went from $600,000 to about $1.50 -- much easier for taxpayers to stomach.
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He said the USDA's Farm Service Agency purchased 837,936 pounds of mozzarella cheese and more than 4 million 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," Vilsack said in a statement.
So ham-gate has come to a quick and peaceful ending. Now who is going to cough up $240 for some puddin'?