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Obama Gives Yogurt Kickback For Amnesty Help?

From The Hill:

Feds add Greek yogurt to school lunches

By Julian Hattem | July 8, 2013 

… On Monday, the Department of Agriculture announced it was looking to buy the yogurt for schools participating in a federally assisted program that subsidizes school lunches.

A department official said in a statement that the introduction of Greek yogurt, which is high in protein, was aimed at helping schools offer a variety of healthy foods to kids.

It’s also quite expensive, compared to regular yogurt.

Because yogurt goes bad easily, the rollout will start with just four states: Arizona, Idaho, New York and Tennessee.

There is a good reason for at least two of these states, as we will see below.

Those states were chosen because they "represent different regions of the country with varying proximity to yogurt manufacturers and will help test distribution through different warehousing models," according to a USDA spokeswoman.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has pushed the USDA to add Greek yogurt to the federal program since last June, and cheered the announcement on Monday.

"Schools in New York, and the other three states participating in the pilot, will soon see that Greek yogurt is an affordable and nutritious high-protein option for their menus,” he said in a statement…

So far this year, Chobani, a New York-based company that produces the best-selling brand of yogurt in the country, paid $80,000 to Cornerstone Government Affairs to lobby Congress on its behalf, according to federal records.

The company first hired the lobbying firm last July, shortly after Schumer petitioned the USDA.

The company, which owns the largest yogurt manufacturing facility in the world, a nearly one-million-square-foot plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, also praised the USDA announcement…

So they just happen to be rolling this out in two of the states where Chobani has plants: in New York and Idaho.

And by just the merest coincidence we also has this news a couple of weeks ago, from Bloomberg:

Obama Recruits Executives to Push Immigration Proposal

Monday, 24 Jun 2013

President Barack Obama invited a group of business leaders including America Online Inc. co- founder Steve Case to the White House today in a joint effort to press the Senate to pass the first major revision to U.S. immigration law since 1986…

“Eight CEOs and business owners will meet with the president to discuss the importance of fixing our broken immigration system — and making sure that every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules and paying taxes like everyone else,” the White House said in a statement.

Senate Democratic leaders say they want to pass a bill before July 4. Senators Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, who have been working on the legislation, said yesterday the measure might win as many as 70 votes in the 100-member Senate…

Along with Case, currently chairman and chief executive of venture-capital firm Revolution LLC, the others scheduled to attend the White House gathering are Jason Berry, owner of Blueberry Farms of Georgia and Berry Farms; Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president and chief executive of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.; Sunil Puri, founder, First Rockford Group Inc., a real estate firm; Dilawar Syed, chief executive of Yonja Media Group; Hamdi Ulukaya, chief executive, founder and president of Chobani Inc., producer of Chobani Greek yogurt; Bricia Lopez, co-owner of the Guelaguetza Restaurante in Los Angeles, and San Francisco area entrepreneur Alex Torrenegra…

So what did the seven other CEO’s get for their support? How do you say ‘one hand washes the other’ in Greek — or Spanish?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama Gives Yogurt Kickback For Amnesty Help?”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    The only good thing I remember abut Greeks were the Spartans

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    I smell the odor of “Yogurt Mandate” fouling up the air.
    I see a few more kickbacks other than yogurt.
    Feather that nest, boy!

  3. beautyofreason says:

    I’ve made Greek yogurt from plain milk. Aside from straining the whey (1. place yogurt in colander 2. let sit an hour), there is no reason for greek yogurt to be three times more expensive than generic yogurt at the store.

    The flavored Chobani yogurts are also very high in sugar, usually at or above 17 grams. The plain yogurt unfortunately tastes like sour pudding unless you sweeten it with Splenda or stevia. One wonders how a liberal can object to sugary chocolate milk in grade school, but not a high sugar yogurt made from the same milk.

    Plain chicken breast would be cheaper per serving than greek yogurt.
    But what company would benefit from that one?

  4. bousquem25 says:

    Crony capitalism at its best. I wonder how much in a kickback, I mean donation Obama and the Dems recieved for this. The study is probably already written to say that everything works great and the kids can’t get enough of it so now some huge goverment contract will go out. In the age of sequestration, where the hell are the dems coming up with all this money to pour into political projects in the name of “the children”.

    I also wonder how much of the yogurt will actually be eaten versus being tossed out. I don’t mind the usual stuff occasionally but I can’t stand the greek stuff. If I want protein I’ll take a grilled chicken breast or if I’m being evil some nice breaded and deepfried cod.

  5. Helena says:

    But, you guys! Hamdi really needs the kickback! According to Forbes he is a brand new member of the Billionaires club and he’s only got $1.1 Bn. So if he doesn’t get more $$, they won’t want to play tennis with him on their yachts.

    Hamdi Ulukaya – In Photos: Billionaires 2013: Notable Newcomers – Forbes

  6. Helena says:

    Plus, his ex-wife is suing him for $1Billion.

    EXCLUSIVE: Chobani founder’s former wife claims he cheated her out of majority share of Greek-style yogurt empire – NYPOST.com

    • GetBackJack says:

      That sounds exactly like the kind of people (I use the term loosely) The Obamanation seeks to associate with.

      Corruption to the left of me
      Corruption to the right
      Stuck in the middle with you

      (apologies to Stealers WheeLl)

  7. untrainable says:

    I know when I want real Greek food the best place to go is Idaho.

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