Harvest Mouse Pork

posted at 3:39 pm on February 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Remember how impressed Barack Obama wanted us to be over the notion that the stimulus bill contained no pork?  He claimed that all of the spending went to creating new jobs.  Perhaps we can now call Porkulus the Harvest Mouse Full Employment Act:

House Republicans are challenging Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the massive stimulus spending bill contains no pet projects after uncovering in the bill more than $30 million for wetlands conservation in her San Francisco Bay area district, including work she previously championed to protect the salt marsh harvest mouse.

“This sounds like spending projects that have been supported by a certain powerful Democrat in the past,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.

“It certainly doesn’t sound like it will create or save American jobs,” he said. “So can Speaker Pelosi explain exactly how we will improve the American economy by helping the adorable little” critter?

Pelosi’s office denies that she inserted this provision into Porkulus.  However, Pelosi has previously championed this effort and the money will get spent in her district.  It looks as if the Speaker is trying a little sleight-of-hand, perhaps by doing what Congress often does: trade earmarks so as to keep the true fingerprints off the pork.

I’m just curious as to how many jobs will get created for the harvest mice.  Maybe Obama plans to use them to power the NEVs that supposedly create no emissions despite relying on electricity that gets generated at coal-burning plants around the nation?  That would be a win-win — at least until PETA stops the exploitation of our furry woodland friends.


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Didn’t Chuckie Shyster just yesterday admit that there as a tiny bit of pork in the stimulus bill?

Who’s lying here?

UltimateBob on February 11, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Pelosi’s office denies that she inserted this provision into Porkulus.

How the hell are people able to add things without knowing who added it? Why don’t they set up some wiki so that we can track the changes?

ninjapirate on February 11, 2009 at 3:42 PM

That would be a win-win — at least until PETA stops the exploitation of our furry woodland marshland friends.

FIFY

anyways it looks like socialism is going to be shoved down our throat no matter what we do anyways. The congress critters sure aren’t listening.

theguardianii on February 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Mouse, rat, close enough. She’s just looking out for her own.

Vashta.Nerada on February 11, 2009 at 3:46 PM

How the hell are people able to add things without knowing who added it? Why don’t they set up some wiki so that we can track the changes?

ninjapirate on February 11, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Because she’ll make a deal with another Rep. She adds an earmark for their district and they add the one she wants. It a shallow way to avoid ‘conflict of interest’ problems.

BadgerHawk on February 11, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Pelosi’s office denies that she inserted this provision into Porkulus.

Mickey added it.

Rod on February 11, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Pork for me, but not for thee

common sensineer on February 11, 2009 at 3:47 PM

until PETA stops the exploitation of our furry woodland friends.

LOL! Funny because it has an element of truth.

batter on February 11, 2009 at 3:47 PM

At this rate the stimulus is going to devolve to this:

A democrat written bill with democrat laden pork enriching democrat districts and democrat connected organizations. The GOP should realize it doesn’t represent the people anymore and just sit on the sidelines and watch for the next 8 years. They had their chance the last 8 years and screwed the pooch.

James on February 11, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Pelosi attempting to save a mouse – nothing could be more fitting. Their brains have the same exact size.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2009 at 3:50 PM

at least until PETA stops the exploitation of our furry woodland friends.

You mean euthenizating them?

upinak on February 11, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Folks, none of this is pork.

It’s all ham. See the difference?

rbj on February 11, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Why no pork for the Texas blind salamander? It has feelings too!

herrevery on February 11, 2009 at 3:53 PM

C’mon. With this $30 million provision all the harvest mice will have those wheels in which they can run in. Those wheels, in-turn, will be hooked up to electic generators. The only greenhouse gas is mouse flatulence and San Francisco should be free from brown outs for twenty years.

This provision is just common sense!

WashJeff on February 11, 2009 at 3:54 PM

said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican

Are there two Michael Steeles here? I thought one was at RNC?

IntheNet on February 11, 2009 at 3:55 PM

IntheNet on February 11, 2009 at 3:55 PM

RNC job doesn’t pay well. ;-)

WashJeff on February 11, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Kind of looks like a Gerbil. And right next to San Francisco. Coincidence? You Decide.

PappaMac on February 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

That should cost no more than $2.95.

Anyone emember the old commercial; “MAMA GIT REAL KILL!”

Laura in Maryland on February 11, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Don’t you know mice are too lean to be considered pork
and that salt marsh mice must do the jobs that american mice won’t do?

eaglewingz08 on February 11, 2009 at 4:10 PM

This is why I say Congress should not be allowed to pass any bill that will not fit on a single 8 1/2 X 11″ sheet of paper, 12pt font, nothing allowed on the back.

Discuss and vote on that sheet of paper and only then can you have another one.

Its criminal to pass laws where not only the public has not been fully informed BUT EVEN CONGRESS DOESN’T KNOW WHAT’S IN IT.

ABSOLUTELY CRIMINAL !!

Maxx on February 11, 2009 at 4:10 PM

viva la revolution.

blankminde on February 11, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Totally worth it. San Francisco needs to protect its rodents.

Angry Dumbo on February 11, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Pelosi’s office denies that she inserted this provision into Porkulus. However, Pelosi has previously championed this effort and the money will get spent in her district.

So she put her hands on her cheeks and exclaimed, “Good golly, miss molly how ever did that get in there?!?!”

crazy_legs on February 11, 2009 at 4:15 PM

What a cute widdle mouse? How can you all deny this mouse’s need to provide for its little mouse family?

You all are worse than Hitler!!!

mjk on February 11, 2009 at 4:17 PM

This brought back memories.

The SciFi channel had run a fake ad years ago for a new bio-engineered mouse product called Mork: The Other Other White Meat. From the company that brought you Meef.

OBQuiet on February 11, 2009 at 4:20 PM

I’ll call your salt marsh harvest mouse and raise you two dozen spotted owls.

Rovin on February 11, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Mouse is a fine meal.

seejanemom on February 11, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Tastes like PORK.

seejanemom on February 11, 2009 at 4:32 PM

wetlands conservation in her San Francisco Bay area district

Not to let the facts get in the way of a good story, but the vast, vast majority of S.F. Bay Area wetlands are outside of Pelosi’s district, which is fully contained in San Francisco. That doesn’t make this all okay, but let’s get our facts straight before making this a huge issue.

calbear on February 11, 2009 at 4:33 PM

I’m not sure why we continue to highlight things like this. In the Democrats minds all spending is stimulative, no matter what!

Ann on February 11, 2009 at 4:35 PM

PETA: Its not called pork, its called Legislative Kittens. You wouldn’t want to kill a kitten would you?

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 11, 2009 at 4:39 PM

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 11, 2009 at 4:39 PM

LOL!

Laura in Maryland on February 11, 2009 at 4:44 PM

What a cute little mouse.
My two meowers of death blunt-nosed tasmanian catdogs would love to meet it for lunch(or breakfast. or dinner.)

annoyinglittletwerp on February 11, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Should have a pic of that rat in peanuts:

“The president of the peanut company linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak serves on an industry advisory board that helps the U.S. Department of Agriculture set quality standards for peanuts.

Stewart Parnell, president of Peanut Corp. of America, based in Lynchburg, Va., was first appointed to the USDA’s Peanut Standards Board in July 2005 and was reappointed in October for a second term that runs until June 2011, according to the USDA.

Conservative governance in action, folks.”

A gop rep had a jar of peanut products from his factory and asked the CEO if he would eat some.

He pleaded the fifth.

He killed eight people so far.

getalife on February 11, 2009 at 5:16 PM

A thirty million dollar mouse? Did it cost that much to build Disney Land?

Maxx on February 11, 2009 at 6:50 PM

How many human lives could have been saved if they would have put that money into an adoption program? This is proof-absolute that Democrats have higher regard for rodents than people.

Maxx on February 11, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Wait a second, folks. First, the benefits of wetland conservation are not restricted to mice or other wildlife; humans get perks too. Wetlands help immensely with flood control; that’s why in many places they’re trying to restore swamps and marshes. Floods in many communities now are worse than they were before development because these natural stormwater reservoirs got drained, diverted, or paved over.

And yes, conservation does create jobs, because people visit parks and protected areas and they spend money. Think of how much employment depends on vistors traveling to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Smokey Mountains, etc.

Finally, although I grant you this a peculiar item to have in this particular bill, it’s addressing something Congress must provide for SOMEWHERE, because the US is a party to treaties to preserve endangered species (CITIES) and to protect wetlands (http://www.ramsar.org/). We’re kind of obligated to observe international agreements we’ve signed.

radjah shelduck on February 11, 2009 at 7:14 PM

I actually like the mouse
seems he is the only one who will actually see a dime of the stimulus..

So i want to suggest we do a recall of the entire senate and vote in this mouse as speaker..

or sqweeker hell he would make more sense
than all of the liberals out there..

jcila on February 11, 2009 at 9:46 PM

Is there really $30 million in the new stimulus package devoted to saving the salt marsh mouse in Nancy Pelosi’s district?

That’s what some conservatives are now charging, and the claim seems to be gaining some traction with elected GOP officials and conservative media outlets, who are using it to argue that the bill is stuffed with Dem pork.

But there isn’t any such money in the bill. And Pelosi’s office is saying that the claim is a “total fabrication.”

Geez.

getalife on February 12, 2009 at 4:23 PM

It wasn’t set aside for marshland restoration, marshland restoration isn’t primarily for the mouse, and the project wasn’t in Pelosi’s district. Now we can ask whether ensuring that low-lying residents and companies like Oracle (20 miles south of Pelosi-ville) aren’t flooded is what federal funds should go for. (The Bush administration’s 2003 actions on these projects seem to answer an emphatic, “Yes,” and, given the post-Katrina attitude towards flooding and the Army Corps of Engineers, I think most of the nation agrees.) But stretching the facts to make a good story isn’t going to help anyone’s case. I hope Hot Air won’t take The New Republic approach to correction and will instead will put a correction to this where everyone can see it, since spitting out false talking points is a good way to lose a debate.

calbear on February 13, 2009 at 1:47 PM