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One of the many topics that have enraged lawmakers throughout the years was moldy cheese, which sparked a loud censure in 1981.

That same year, Secretary of Agriculture John Block wielded a brick of fungus-infested processed cheese in the hallowed halls of the White House

to express his grave worry about dairy subsidies and their disastrous consequences.

"We don't feel we can keep the oldest cheese much longer," he went on to say.

To understand why the government stockpiled cheese, look back to 1977

when then-President Jimmy Carter chose to prop up an ailing dairy industry with a $2 billion cash infusion.

The federal government was authorized to acquire dairy goods under a long-standing government program known as the Commodity Credit Corporation, or CCC. 

The federal government was authorized to acquire dairy goods under a long-standing government program known as the Commodity Credit Corporation, or CCC. 

Farmers could thus increase production without danger; any unsold food would be purchased by Uncle Sam instead.

As a result, there was an overabundance of milk, with much of it being transformed into cheese due to its longer shelf life.

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