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"Stimulus" for Mice in San Francisco

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Published on Jul 9, 2009

STIMULUS FOR MICE: WITH UNEMPLOYMENT RISING, DEMOCRATS STIMULUS FORCES TAXPAYERS TO FUND MICE IN SAN FRANCISCO

ADMINISTRATION PROMISED STIMULUS WOULD CREATE JOBS IMMEDIATELY, KEEP UNEMPLOYMENT BELOW EIGHT PERCENT

July 9, 2009 | House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)

How does helping the salt marsh harvest mouse help middle-class families and small businesses struggling with dramatic job loss during this recession? Thats a good question to ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), other Democrats in Congress, and the Administration because it was recently revealed that the tiny little mouse was getting $16 million in taxpayer dollars thanks to the Democrats stimulus spending bill that isnt working. House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced the mouse money in his on-camera press briefing earlier today:

The bottom line is this: the stimulus isnt creating enough jobs, but heres one thing the stimulus is accomplishing. Youll recall earlier this year on the debate on the stimulus bill, the Democrats promised that the stimulus bill would be free of earmarks. And a lot of us disagreed. We pointed to one particular request that we were convinced was going to be funded in this. That was to protect the salt marsh harvest mouse near Speaker Pelosis district in San Francisco. You remember the Democrats claimed no no no, were not going to fund this, its not in the bill, its not going to happen. Well, guess what? $16 million of the stimulus money was appropriated to take care of the salt marsh harvest mouse. (VIDEO)

The Washington Times has the details about how the mouse got its money from a bill Democrats promised would be about creating jobs during the ongoing recession:

The tiny mouse that became a hotly disputed symbol of wasteful spending in the congressional debate over the $787 billion economic stimulus bill has returned to pester House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Obama administration quietly announced last week that as much as $16.1 million from the stimulus program is going to save the San Francisco Bay area habitat of, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse.

That has revived Republican criticism that the pet project was an "invisible earmark" in the massive spending bill for Mrs. Pelosi, whose San Francisco district abuts the bay, and epitomizes the failure of stimulus spending to help an economy still shedding jobs.

Money for mice. Is that what middle-class families and small businesses expected from the Democrats trillion-dollar stimulus spending bill? Wasnt the legislation supposed to create jobs immediately and keep unemployment below eight percent? So lets get this straight: the stimulus isnt creating jobs for American workers, but it is making sure American harvest mice have nice comfortable homes in the midst of the recession. No wonder the American people think Washington is so out of touch.

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