do you think spending millions on preserving mice habitat in San Fran is worthy? How about trying to figure out why pigs smell? Contriceptives distribution. These all may be worthy (or not) but let us quit pretending this is a stimulus bill. It is a fullfilling the liberal shopping list they have been denied the last 12 years. --Hoosierboy
I've driven by those pig farms. Yeah, I think someone needs to figure out that problem. And yeah, I'm all for the distribution of contraception.
As for those itty-bitty mices with their itty bitty mice noses and feetsies and teethies, here's what Finch said:
There is no item in the stimulus package for a mouse habitat. The California Coastal Conservancy may get up to $30M for several wetland projects, one of which includes the home of the endangered salt marsh mouse. These projects would also benefit salmon, trout, ducks, etc. And since they involve the building of levees and islands, the projects could create up to 100 jobs.I should probably do the research myself. But Finch is a pretty smart guy and I believe him.
You can argue whether the 100 new jobs figure is accurate. You can argue whether it's the most effective way of spending $30M. You can't make a case that there is a dime in the stimulus package for mice preservation.
And perhaps most importantly, if I were an unemployed single mom and got a maintenance job at the Mister Marsh Mouse House or if I got a job inputting data in the office of the Porkulus Odor Study Foundation or if I got a job answering phones at the Screw To Your Hearts Content Clinic, um ... yeah, I'd call it stimulus. I'd call it stimulus when she gets a paycheck and puts it right back into the economy by way of state and local sales tax and groceries and a new pair of shoes for her kid.
Build mag trains. Fund the arts. And please figure out the electric car thing already so we can stop paying to build indoor ski resorts in Dubai. I am really sick of my dollars floating on a sea of oil to build goddamn Dubai.
Of course I realize this may very well mean a tax increase for me and mine. So what? I'm fabulous.
I am SNOOPY DANCE HAPPY with the Obama administration. I am pissing straight up a rope with glee over this and this. I like what he's doing even if I don't like what he's doing.
And baby, I am not alone.