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  • February 12, 2009 04:49 PM UTC by Cheryl Casone

    Taxpayer Money and the Salt Marsh Mouse

    Are you sitting there wondering what exactly where your tax money is going for stimulus? How do you feel about the Salt Marsh Mouse? Because the mouse is getting some.  According to the Washington Times, the San Francisco Bay Area (Nancy Pelosi’s district) is getting thirty million dollars for wetlands restoration.  It is a cause she has been behind since the 90’s, and this stimulus package will give her her wish. (for the record Pelosi says she wasn’t involved in the current initiative.)

    There is more…..programs for STD’s are back in, there is a smoking prevention earmark, 200 million for a clean-burning power plant in Mattoon, Illinois, and my favorite: 1 billion dollars for admin costs and construction of new office buildings for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buildings.

    You ok with all this? I understand, and I’ve blogged before that if we are going to throw money out there, then why not give a few extra million to The Smithsonian?

    I had the argument today with two Democratic Congressmen, and I have to say Rep. Miller made a good point that a construction worker would take his check and go buy meat at the butcher shop, and that butcher would buy bread from the baker.  I certainly hope this works, the economy and especially the jobs picture is not looking any better.

    I will say, I’ve had several discussions with people I trust about getting back into the market, and I”m putting a big toe in this week.  (I’m not ready to go for a full swim.)

    Back to stimulus because I hope it works, but I also initially believed TARP would work, and I’ve yet to be proven right.



You know I read page 23 (pdf file) of the stimulus package, and then I read the Bay-Delta Restoration Act. Neither mention a mouse. It was about cleaning up watersheds and restoring levies. What's up with that unamerican stuff? What's up with this forum? How do I get onto payroll?

February 28, 2009 at 3:51 pm


I have not read the stimulus bill , like many others have not, but my opion is that it is something that pelosi would do. Even when america is facing an economic crisis. Look at the junket she and and others took to italy on the taxpayers. Posted by: JAY JOHN | February 20th, 2009 at 03:46 pm What’s wrong with protecting the mouse??? Do you think they need 30 Million Dollars when you have people starving in AMERICA??? Soon we are going to be so poor that we will only have “CHANGE” in our pockets. We will be eatting these mice to stay alive!!!!! 30 Million my A$$!!!! How does this sound??????? MARSH MOUSE FRIED RICE!!!!! MARSH MOUSE KABOB!!!!!! MARSH MOUSE NOODLE SOUP!!!! MC~MARSH MOUSE BIG MACK!!!!! MARSH MOUSE TAIL FRIES!!!!!! MARSH MOUSE SHEPARDS PIE!!!! MARSH MOUSE ROAST!!!!!!

February 24, 2009 at 5:12 pm


Worthless Leaders,My father taught me to pray for our leaders.He would not like what I am praying.

February 22, 2009 at 3:00 am


Katie, What happens if Burris (Chi Senator) is indited for the purgery we ALL heard him commit ? Does his AYE vote count for the stimulus package( tonque in cheek), if not off we go into bamaLand gathering Acorns.

February 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm


I am very beyond words about this. ALL OF IT!!!! It is sooo scary that we have people in charge of our country and our finanical situations that can not even take care of their simple money problems or affairs and yet they think that spend spend theory will recover this problem. We do not have a ronald Regan so who will get us out of this mess now???? So libral fruitloop that wants to give 30 million to a mouse marsh or someone that does not even read paper that will reform our country...... where is obama know he needs to go on Oprah and let people debate him down normal everyday people but na he will just end up at the red carpet along with the other stars that do not live in the real world.

February 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm


It you want to believe it was we have people in congress bringing these nation crumbling down because they are so far left and big librals

February 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm


LOL - you all know that this "Mouse" story was a fabrication, right?

February 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm

alexander galvin

Okay. Here's how to fix the economic crises: (1) Pause all environmental rules, CAFE standards, and bans on building nuclear plants. (2) GIve everyone $15K in tax credits for buying a house or condo - any house. (3) Have a sales and property tax holiday. (4) Eliminate capital gains for small businesses. (5) Require state balanced budget rules and lay off all federal and state workers that can't be paid given these constraints. (6) Kill all the lawyers.

February 17, 2009 at 7:03 pm


"I had the argument today with two Democratic Congressmen, and I have to say Rep. Miller made a good point that a construction worker would take his check and go buy meat at the butcher shop, and that butcher would buy bread from the baker. I certainly hope this works, the economy and especially the jobs picture is not looking any better." The problem is not the circulation, but the efficiency. Did the construction worker build something that was truly valuable? Only the market place has the correct answer and no amount of pedigree, learning, wisdom, experience is more correct. If the private business sector were allowed capital gains and corporate tax reductions, they would expand based on what they hope will be the most profitable decisions and pay the consequences, etc. if the decision was not. When government makes that decision, it is a very ineffecient and risk/reward poor decision. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is way beyond what 95-99% of what people think, but it is true nonetheless.

February 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm


Wonder if this is pay back to the Salt Marsh Mice.., for registering with Acorn ?

February 16, 2009 at 11:16 pm


I hope someone else will buy stuff. I have to save all my money to pay the taxes that will be needed to pay for the spendulus! I can't help the recovery while saving for taxes!!

February 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

B. Sinclair

Fox business has the formula down: smart, articulate good looking women with great legs, terrific knowledge, fine interviewing skills and lots of charm. I'm watching Fox more and more over CNBC and Bloomberg. Keep up the good work. The guys sitting on their boats at our marina here in Florida appreciate the combination of information, insight and entertainment.

February 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm


The 30 million dollar mouse. How would Steve Austin feel about this? He was only worth 6 mil.

February 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Henry B

Salt Marsh Mouse ............ You knew it was a forgone entity. It's politics as usual. Think you do a great job overall. Love your candor, but, am more impressed with your intellegence and logic. The s. Maybe those will offset some of the idiotic ones. timulus package is just another attempt to spend money with questionable results. If there only some way in our humble attempts to stop clouding up good ideas with bad details we just might overcome our problems more quickly. However, there are some good programs in the package and maybe some of them will offset the idiotic non stimulus ones. Some, although they may sound good, are really assinine. How can you reduce cobra payments for those that are layed off when the only income they have is unimployment. Where the hell do they get any extra money to pay for Cobra. Putting $400-$800 in our pocets will be as effective as last years stimulus ................ NOT!. However, putting money in our pockets through tax reductions will be spent each and every payday. People rarely save much, if any, of pay increases. I guess we/I could go on and on , but, I'm sure you get the point.

February 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

J Mccombs

line by line obama said well i guess he might be the first to read it NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA he will ssign it with out reading it like a total idiot

February 15, 2009 at 12:04 am


I'm amazed that so many think the so called "Stimulus" bill that Obama will sign Tuesday, is about the economy. It has nothing to do with the economy, and everything to do with future political and personal power. Those who applaud it now, will be crying soon.

February 14, 2009 at 11:21 pm


We the people. Government of the people by the people for the people. We the people handed it over to obamazombies. We the people somehow became apathetic. Our freedom of speech, right to bear arms, and yes, our economy are all being systematically robbed. PERIOD. Welcome to a police state, pig brother is right around the corner. Printing money like there is no tomorrow is just like the actions of someone who knows they're going to file a BK. So they run up the credit card balances to the max. Should have never strayed from the gold standard when our bucks where worth something and said "this note is redeemable in lawful money" on them. Career politicians are and always will be anti-people and pro-power. Amazing how fast the new prez proved himself to be one... going back on November campaign promises as fast as he has. What happened to the "government will be transparent and online for all to see" promise?

February 14, 2009 at 2:33 am


"I had the argument today with two Democratic Congressmen, and I have to say Rep. Miller made a good point that a construction worker would take his check and go buy meat at the butcher shop, and that butcher would buy bread from the baker. I certainly hope this works, the economy and especially the jobs picture is not looking any better." Too bad if the construction worker goes into Walmart the money goes to China. It is getting more difficult for that construction worker to buy American that will make that process work. Isn't that why they say last year's checks failed?

February 13, 2009 at 9:52 pm


I was discussing the stimulus package with co-workers this morning and came to the conclusion that many in D.C. have been there so long, they've lost perspective on just how much money they're dealing with. They treat a million dollars as if it were the cost of a Caribou Coffee latte (our Minnesota equilvalent of Starbucks). I've heard President Obama, Senator Schumer, Representative Franks, Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid all demean criticism of particular points of the bill, each one of them costing millions of dollars, as if the cost was far below the point of consideration in any serious dialogue. What are they thinking! Ask the waitress, or single mom, or dad with a family to take care of if a million dollars is below consideration. Many of them would have to work two lifetimes to make a million dollars. These folks in Washington spend it as if it was a nickel!

February 13, 2009 at 2:45 pm


This girl expects a quick fix. Kind of like going to get a massage or something. She really doesn't have a clue.

February 13, 2009 at 1:02 am


This is from the same Washington Post article: "The speaker nor her staff have had any involvement in this initiative. This is yet another contrived partisan attack," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said. "Restoration is key to economic activity, including farming, fisheries, recreation and clean water."

February 13, 2009 at 12:27 am

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  • Cheryl Casone joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as an anchor. Prior to FBN, Casone served as a correspondent for FOX News Channel’s (FNC) business unit and was a regular guest on FNC’s Your World with Neil Cavuto. Casone brings years of experience covering finance, business, and consumer news to FBN.

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