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So it turns it out Michele Bachmann lavished praise on federal officials for supporting Minnesota pork producers with funding from the very same stimulus bill that she has decried as socialism.

But even before Bachmann praised the program, Fox's Sean Hannity was attacking it as a "porkfest":

Stimulus Bill Buys Pork... Literally

Porkfest! Your tax dollars are being used to buy a lot of pork and I mean literally! The government's Web site reports that the stimulus money has been dolled out for the following:

• $2.5 million to Los Angeles for "ham, water added, cooked, frozen and sliced"

• Another $1.1 million to L.A. for "two pounds frozen ham, sliced"

• $16.7 million to Minnesota for "canned pork"

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was quick to defend the ham purchases, saying that all that ham is going to food banks and soup kitchens: "The references to two-pound frozen ham sliced are the sizes of the packaging... In fact the contract in question purchased 760,000 pounds of ham for $1.19 million at a cost of approximately $1.50 per pound."

By the way, Tom, the ham you've been paying $1.50 for actually costs 79 cents in most grocery stores. Thanks for being so careful with our stimulus money.

Less than three months after Hannity's comments, Bachmann privately wrote Vilsack a letter praising the economic benefits of the program:

On Oct. 5, 2009, Bachmann wrote Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack praising him for injecting money into the pork industry through the form of direct government purchases. She went on to request additional assistance.

"Your efforts to stabilize prices through direct government purchasing of pork and dairy products are very much welcomed by the producers in Minnesota, and I would encourage you to take any additional steps necessary to prevent further deterioration of these critical industries, such as making additional commodity purchases and working to expand trade outlets for these and other agricultural goods," Bachmann wrote.

Like Mitt Romney on health care, Michele Bachmann wants to have it both ways on the stimulus. It was great for her state and her district, but she doesn't want anyone else to have it because it gives her a political weapon against President Obama. And as for Hannity, just like he'll make up excuses for Mitt Romney on health care, he'll provide cover for Michele Bachmann on the stimulus. For these guys, it's not about principle, or doing the right thing: it's simply about gaining political power. Nothing more, nothing less.

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  •  Remember, pork is only wrong (6+ / 0-)

    When it doesn't help you. Or when it's not delivered in the form of bacon.

    •  Michele Bachmann is lying and deceiving.... (0+ / 0-)

      mocking "Obama's Stimulus" as "socialism" to her loyal followers - while privately praising Stimulus funds that benefit her.
      A public and a private persona - wonder if Bachmann will receive as much media scrutiny as Weiner.....

      It's one thing to flip flop (see Romney), but it's worse to deceive voters. imho

      GOP = Goodluck Old People

      by MartyM on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 12:42:19 PM PDT

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  •  Ham Costs 79 Cents? (9+ / 0-)

    Please direct me to that supermarket because it's quite a bit more where I am.

    This head movie makes my eyes rain.

    by The Lone Apple on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:15:49 AM PDT

  •  Where does Hannity shop? (8+ / 0-)

    I'd love to pay only a buck and half a pound for ham. Where does Sean Hannity shop where he finds it for half that?

    Seriously, does this guy really get away with lying about something as basic, simple, and widely known as the cost of sliced ham at the deli?

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:16:53 AM PDT

  •  "stabilize prices," tsk tsk (4+ / 0-)
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  •  It's all about getting (3+ / 0-)
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    the Democrat out of the White House. By whatever means necessary. So that a Republican is president when the recession really ends; that is, when employment creeps back up, and this can claim credit for it.

    That's all the GOP is doing. Nothing else.

    Fight until we win. Then we can begin arguing about the details. - Kwickkick (RIP) 2009

    by RickMassimo on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:17:58 AM PDT

  •  Bachmann logic is that government spending is good (1+ / 0-)
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    when it helps the residents of Minnesota, but bad when it helps anyone else.  How do these people get away with that kind of bullshit and keep a straight face?

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:23:53 AM PDT

    •  They are special... (1+ / 0-)
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      When they get government money it is OK because their reasons are important.  Everyone else is just lazy bastards sucking off the teet of the hard working tax payers.

      Just like their, or their daughter's or wife's abortion is different from all the other sluts getting abortions.

  •  Glad this got some FP attn (5+ / 0-)

    I did a diary about it yesterday. Bachmann really knows how to bring home the bacon!

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:25:03 AM PDT

  •  SHHH!!! Be nice - we WANT her to be the (1+ / 0-)
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    GOP nominee.  Just stuff this in the back pocket and move along.

  •  Total hypocrite... (2+ / 0-)
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    googie, chrississippi

    the last sitting House member to be elected president, I believe, was James Garfield, and you Ms. Bachmann, are no James Garfield. LOL

    "The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. Only the people of the region can do that. But we can make a difference." 3/28/11

    by BarackStarObama on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:29:17 AM PDT

  •  Michele Bachman Is A Hypocrite? I'M SHOCKED!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Doncha know - it's good business (and patriotic capitalism) when federal stimulus dollars are used to help Michele Bachmann's district (so she can get re-elected of course). It's socialism, wasting tax dollars, and increasing the federal budget deficit when those same stimulus dollars are used to help any Democratic district, or if it helps President Obama's popularity with the electorate. It's called "right wing justification for being a hypocrite 101."

  •  Not to mention her own family's (0+ / 0-)

    over $250K in farm subsidies and the  $50,308,000 her district's received in dairy subsidies from 1995-2009

    Government spending...tsk tsk.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:35:46 AM PDT

  •  It's more than just on the stimulus (0+ / 0-)
    Like Mitt Romney on health care, Michele Bachmann wants to have it both ways on the stimulus

    Republicans believe "it's okay for us, but not for anyone else" on a great many things.  Most notable are on the issues of Choice and on alcohol use.  

    These people are a very disengenous bunch.  I wish they were called on it by more than just in the media.

    I've got two republican friends that had to face the dilemna of their under-age teen daughter getting pregnant.  It wasn't long before that situation got remedied and it didn't entail getting a good deal on Similac and diapers.  In our county, we continually become surprised when "preacher Tom" or "city councilman George" got a DUI.

    -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

    by r2did2 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:36:35 AM PDT

  •  Michelle Bacon? (2+ / 0-)
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    "There's nothing in the dark that's not there when the lights are on" ~ Rod Serling

    by jwinIL14 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:38:09 AM PDT

  •  Don't these buffoons realize... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...that when they write letters and e-mails or do interviews on television and radio that their opinions and decisions are recorded for posterity? Don't they understand that someone will eventually call them out on their flip-floppy bullshit? It's stupidity like this that will keep The Daily Show in business for decades to come. Thank goodness.

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    by liquidman on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:41:10 AM PDT

    •  Or... (3+ / 0-)
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      Sending photos on Twitter and such too.  Sometimes I wonder where the heck we dig up some of these so-called "leaders" we have...and that's from BOTH parties.

      -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

      by r2did2 on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:44:06 AM PDT

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    •  Who's going to call her on it? (0+ / 0-)

      Fox certainly won't - and that's where they're pushing it.  CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS?  Only a few websites and the Daily Show/Colbert, which attracts a tiny slice of voters.

      There's no accountability in the media anymore, so they can get away with saying whatever they want.  As long as it doesn't involve boobs or a penis, the media doesn't care.

      Even if it is debunked at some point, the damage has been done.  That's the MO.  Lie about something, put doubt in peoples' minds, and if it gets corrected later, nobody will remember the correction or the details.  They'll just remember "yeah, I heard something about all that pork the gov't overpaid for."

  •  I always like your perspective, Jed. (1+ / 0-)
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    Lately, like today, yesterday, and this past weekend, I have noticed road construction everywhere I drive here in Western Mass and down through just north of Hartford, CT.

    Much of this is newly started construction of a greater intensity than that which I noticed in 2009/10.  I believe that there was a lot of truth to Obama's clumsy admission that the "shovel-ready projects" were not as "shovel-ready" as first thought, but are now coming on line.  Permitting, contractor, sub-contractor, equipment and material gathering and scheduling must take time.  And my observation is that that time has expired.

    Perhaps states have been sitting on unspent stimulus funds as planned projects commence?

    It is not as easy as passing $400 billion is stimulus funds and then just throwing bodies, equipment and so forth at wide-scale projects.  This is my hunch anyway.  I suppose I could check for slated and spent stimulus funds and so forth, but that is why you are a Frontpager and earn the big bucks.  :)

    Keep up the good and useful writing.  Thanks.

    “Do not think that I came to bring peace on Earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." - Jesus

    by Jose Bidenio on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:42:15 AM PDT

  •  Silly Jed (1+ / 0-)
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    It's not socialism if it benefits a corporation. Only if it benefits human beings.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 11:47:58 AM PDT

  •  GODDAMIT!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Give me a link for the story that I can send to my right wing nutcase friends. I cannot send them a link titled either :dailykos" or "huffpost".

    We are in an info battle. . .give me some effing ammunition.

  •  Where is he getting ham for $.79 a pound?? (0+ / 0-)

    Not here!

    I'd take a bullet for Neil Gaiman.

    by imonlylurking on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 12:38:53 PM PDT

  •  Where do you get ham for $.79 a pound? (0+ / 0-)

    Even ham hocks cost more and they're mostly bone.

    by hannah on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 12:41:10 PM PDT

  •  Pork comes that cheap if you are a Republican (0+ / 0-)

    representative and "buying it" on the government dole for your fat cat donors in your district.  

    As for Ms Bachmann:  Bachmann is a true intellectually challanged fruitcake.  If we ignore her, she just might be replaced out of boredom.

    Hey Boehner and the Republicans: WHERE ARE THOSE JOBS YOU PROMISED????

    by LamontCranston on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 03:12:39 PM PDT

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