Gov paying over a half million dollars a pound for sliced ham?

Thomas Lifson
According to Recovery.gov, the new Obama website showing us how much the country is being stimulated by government spending, the taxpayers are buying sliced frozen ham at $550,000 per pound. I wonder what they would pay for fresh ham?

Update: The USDA clarifies the misleading data on recovery.gov. "760,000 pounds of ham for $1.191m, at a cost of approximately $1.50 per pound. " Apparently deli meats qualify as a shovel-ready. Drudge notes that sliced ham is available much cheaper at Food Lion.

And here I thought prosciutto was expensive. Is this going to be served to guests at one of the many parties the Obamas like to throw? Half million dollar a pound ham won't really uimpress the Saudis, if Obama offers it to them, no matter how low he bows.

This makes the $100/lb wagyu steaks used at White House parties look like a bargain.

You can find the details here:

Award Overview

Agency Name

Department of Agriculture

Project Location

LOS ANGELES

Contract Number

AG3J14120297196

Project Location - State

CA

Funding Amount

$1,191,200

Project Location - Zip Code

90058-1800

Completion Date

2009-06-30

Congressional District

CA-34


Recipient Information (Award)

Recipient Name

CLOUGHERTY PACKING, LLC

Recipient Address

3049 E VERNON AVE

Recipient City

LOS ANGELES

Recipient State

CALIFORNIA

Recipient Zip Code

90058-1800

Congressional District

CALIFORNIA-34


Description of Work/Service performed

2 POUND FROZEN HAM SLICED


Hat tip: Michael Geerham
According to Recovery.gov, the new Obama website showing us how much the country is being stimulated by government spending, the taxpayers are buying sliced frozen ham at $550,000 per pound. I wonder what they would pay for fresh ham?

Update: The USDA clarifies the misleading data on recovery.gov. "760,000 pounds of ham for $1.191m, at a cost of approximately $1.50 per pound. " Apparently deli meats qualify as a shovel-ready. Drudge notes that sliced ham is available much cheaper at Food Lion.

And here I thought prosciutto was expensive. Is this going to be served to guests at one of the many parties the Obamas like to throw? Half million dollar a pound ham won't really uimpress the Saudis, if Obama offers it to them, no matter how low he bows.

This makes the $100/lb wagyu steaks used at White House parties look like a bargain.

You can find the details here:

Award Overview

Agency Name

Department of Agriculture

Project Location

LOS ANGELES

Contract Number

AG3J14120297196

Project Location - State

CA

Funding Amount

$1,191,200

Project Location - Zip Code

90058-1800

Completion Date

2009-06-30

Congressional District

CA-34


Recipient Information (Award)

Recipient Name

CLOUGHERTY PACKING, LLC

Recipient Address

3049 E VERNON AVE

Recipient City

LOS ANGELES

Recipient State

CALIFORNIA

Recipient Zip Code

90058-1800

Congressional District

CALIFORNIA-34


Description of Work/Service performed

2 POUND FROZEN HAM SLICED


Hat tip: Michael Geerham