Department of Defense to "encourage" its vendors to speed up purchases of lamb, pork and beef and freeze it for later use

One of the more bizzaro pieces of news regarding how your US gov't operates.
What a crock of shit your US economy has become.
"The president will also direct the Department of Defense to "encourage" its vendors to speed up purchases of lamb, pork and beef and freeze it for later use. The food purchases will go toward "food nutrition assistance" programs, like food banks."
Let me fix that. It should read:
"The president will also direct the Department of Defense to "encourage" its vendors to speed up purchases of lamb, pork and beef and freeze it for later disposal. The food purchases will disappear into big warehouses and eventually will be quietly trucked to landfills."
Oh yea, this too:
"This is a win-win. Farmers and ranchers will have an opportunity to sell more of their products at this critical time and taxpayers will get a better price on food that would have been purchased later," the official said."
Here's the fixed version:
"This is a win-win. Farmers and ranchers will have an opportunity to sell more of their products at this critical time and taxpayers will still pay a higher price for food purchased later," the official said."
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In Iowa, Obama to announce measures to soothe drought pain By Reuters
CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama will announce on Monday that the Department of Agriculture intends to buy up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help support farmers suffering from the drought, a White House official said.
The food purchases will go toward "food nutrition assistance" programs, like food banks.
During a visit to Iowa, a political swing state that the Democrat hopes to win in the Nov. 6 election, Obama will press Congress to pass a farm bill with short-term relief measures for the ranchers and farmers hurt by the drought.
The president will also direct the Department of Defense to "encourage" its vendors to speed up purchases of lamb, pork and beef and freeze it for later use.
"This is a win-win. Farmers and ranchers will have an opportunity to sell more of their products at this critical time and taxpayers will get a better price on food that would have been purchased later," the official said.
"The president has directed his administration to continue exploring every possible avenue to provide relief to communities struggling with this historic natural disaster."
Obama will tour an Iowa farm to view the effects of the drought. The state is one of a handful of political swing states, including Ohio, Florida, and Colorado, that could hold the key to victory in his race with Republican Mitt Romney for the White House.
Last week the governors of two poultry-growing states, Maryland and Delaware, asked the Obama administration for relief from the requirement to use corn ethanol in gasoline, saying corn is needed to feed livestock.
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On 8/13/2012 10:04 AM, Mitt Romney wrote:

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Hey "Mitt",
Why not take your political horseshit to any one of thousands of web forums devoted to political rants?
This is a forum for home repairs.
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Smarty used improper usenet message composition style by unnecessarily full-quoting:

http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/13/13250065-in-iowa-obama-to-announce-measures-to-soothe-drought-pain?lite
This isin't "political" horseshit.
(but the way your gov't and economy operates IS very much horseshit)

Farmers live in homes too.
How badly your broken economy functions plays a central role in whether or not you americans can even afford to keep living in your homes - let alone repair them.
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In wrote:

It certainly is.
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HomoGay certainly is.
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wrote:

So you are against vendors buying more animal protein because it would help the Farmers?

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Mitt Romney wrote:

Of course. It's an election year.
You really should keep up.
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wrote:

And what would you do with the herds of critters that are going to die because of the drought?
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dgk wrote:

All those herds of critters are going to die anyways - on the floor of a meat-processing plant.
You must not be tuned in to your own evening news broadcasts.
Yes, farmers are rushing their cattle to the auctions because of the drought. Which means a temporary over-supply of beef (and possibly also pigs and chickens).
Which should mean (if the markets were allowed to function without meddling) that consumer prices for those items should fall over the next few months - which would be welcome relief to high gasoline prices. But that won't happen if (as urged by Obama) military vendors buy up these meat products. What a stupid-ass crazy idea.
Because it has always been efficient and rational policy for the US gov't to be buying excess farm food products (eggs, milk, cheese) - right?
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dgk wrote:

Me? Absolutely nothing.
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