February 20th, 2009
05:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Anti-stimulus ad uses Jesus

A PAC is out with a new ad against the stimulus bill.
A PAC is out with a new ad against the stimulus bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A conservative organization launched a national television ad Friday criticizing the $787 billion stimulus bill, and called into question one of President Obama’s main campaign promises to bring change to Washington.

The American Issues Project uses points of historical reference to show how $787 billion could stretch over time from the birth of Jesus to the current day.

“Suppose you spent one million every single day starting from the day Jesus was born and kept spending through today,” an announcer says as images of the three wise men, the Roman Coliseum, the Mona Lisa and other historic landmarks flash across the screen. A million dollars a day for more than 2,000 years. You would still have spent less money than Congress just did.”

The ad also criticizes millions of dollars in earmarks in the legislation, saying that money was allocated for golf carts, fish hatcheries and remodeled federal offices. The ad also shows a video snippet of Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, on the Senate floor saying the American people don’t care about “little tiny, yes, porky amendments.”

It closes by asking, “Is this change you can believe in?”

The organization said it will spend nearly $1 million on the ad that is scheduled to run on CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX News CNBC and FOX Business Network.


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  1. AA-Atlanta

    The republicans are still campaigning??? Did they hear the election was over ? Do they know this country cannot succeed divided...or are they counting on this?? The republicans are truly un patriotic in every meaningful way. God bless America...Please...

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. bufu

    google CAFR...our state's budgets need to be carefullly evaluated....all power to the people!

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Bob in Pa

    The iraq war did not cost more, I beleive this bill is more than was output for all the wars America has been involved in combined.

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OK OBAMA FANS LET ME SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU!!!!!

    IN CASE YOU HAVENT NOTICED OBAMA WANTS THIS COUNTRY TO BE COMPLETELY RUN BY THE GOVERNMENT WHICH MEANS SOCIALISM. THE MORE BILLS HE CAN PASS THE DEEPER IN DEBT THIS COUNTRY WILL GO!!!!!!!!!!

    I REALIZE THAT THE TYPICAL OBAMA SUPPORTER DOESN'T UNDERSTAND MUCH BUT YOU ARE GETTING READY TO LEARN FAST!!!!!!!
    .............

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Ashok Srinivasan

    What a bunch of crock. The Iraq war during which we invaded
    a country that was not a threat to us, killed tens of thousanda
    of Iraqis and thousanda of Americans, got embroiled in a n-win
    situation that has cost us close to a trilion dollars WASTED
    and that was supported by the same Idiot republicans
    who're now criticizing this plan which was created during an
    economic downturn that few alive have see. It was their moronic
    "no regulation" mantra that allowed greedy financiers to take
    risks that have put us in this situation. Go away!

    February 20, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Shari, NY

    If they want to inject time spans into this I suggest they use BC or AD and leave out sacred names.

    February 20, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. susan

    GOP needs to resurrect themselves out of this mess not by mid-slinging but by soul-searching. Where were their concerns when we spent billions of dollars in Iraq and when we gave billions of dollars to banks and Wallstreet firms with no oversight? They have concerns when the money helps common man but they have issues when the money was doled out to their rich fat cats.

    February 20, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Shari, NY

    If they want to inject time spans into this I suggest they use BC or AD and leave out sacred names.

    February 20, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Roy

    What I don't understand is how every body is criticizing President Obama's stimulus plan, yet no body has another plan?!?! So we are just supposed to let this crisis work itself out ? The bottom line is that Bush messed this country up for his personal benefit and the whole world is suffering. So before we actually do have another "Great Depression" We need to get the economy up and running. At least we know that Obama is thinking about the American people unlike our last president, yet Bush rarely ever had these types of issues with Congress. In my opinion, he has done far more outrageous things while in office. Not to mention that we been at war for 6 years now and we still haven't found Bin Laden, or have we forgot about him?? Why are we really over in the Mid east anyways, first it was Iraq was where "terrorism" was, then it was Iran, then Pakistan, now their in the hills of Afghanistan.. Do we really know where the real threat is??

    February 20, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Maggie from Virginia

    Still using the Lord's name in vain. I guess they haven't learned their lesson yet. I thought they got the message when the prayer for rain on the democrats convention backfired.

    "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." – Exodus 20:7

    February 20, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Nette

    Grew Up America,
    Give this man a chance to make the changes. I can't happen over night and it will not happen in 1 year. It is like gaining weight, you can put it on fast (8 years and no one complained). Now to make this work we are going to have to take the weight off slowly, if we rush we will only mask the problem and never get out of this mess. So slow down thank whatever you believe in and enjoy your life. It is hard but we are all still here and alive.

    February 20, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Raymond

    Democrats concerned about spending??

    PLEASE!!

    Wasn't it Jesus who said not to throw pearls before swine?

    February 20, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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