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The American Issues Project uses points of historical reference to show how $787 billion could stretch over time from the birth of Jesus to the current day.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.
Why are they paying for a commercial to critic a bill that has already passed???
great ad. support the stim or not it tells a story. I wonder where Jesus was when Congress and the Bush admin. did the same thing.
The Iraq war cost more.
Is there no depth that the right wing hate machine will not insult all the Jesus stand for? And it is not their narrow judgemental hate filed agenda using him as a weapon – truly vile! It seems the election has brought about a complete break down in the far right white hood zealot factions that run the GOP.
But - But - But - aren't republican mayors and governors taking some of it??? And failed mortgages? Any republicans with failed mortgages?
Why do these people feel the need to invoke the "Jesus" card and attempt to somehow paint those who disagree as the scum of the earth? Are they really so full of themselves that they think running and ad with Jesus in it makes them right?
Even Jesus would have a problem with that kind of thinking.
Well, Jesus was a community organizer, RIGHT?
How low can the GOP go? They just don't learn. The way they approach the American public about issues is what pushes most people away. They love to instill fear, hate and divisiveness. The Karl Rove days are over GOP. Shape up or ship out. And it is very shameful that you have to use religion to make a political point.
Oh please, this is so ridiculous. Talk about money that could have gone to better use. A million dollars would feed a lot of people.
Looks like that fringe element on the right is still going after the religious vote. I mean, really, didn't they learn that this type of politics didn't work for them in 2006 and 2008?
Are you serious? This is news? Who cares if Jesus is "mentioned?"
It amazes me that these conservative groups and Republican leaders are so vocal about the economy and the President's steps to assist in rectifying this situation in one month. Where were these people when Bush was driving this country to where it is today? I do not remember a single Republican nor conservative group ever being vocal about him. Not even right up to when he left office and was doing nothing.
In one month to the day, Barack has done more in office than I have ever seen any other President do. These people clearly are more concerned about having Barack fail than helping this country. Limbaugh clearly stated that. This is unpatriotic!!!
Just think how many people could have been fed with that $1 million. Sad :(
So I guess we should have just done nothing....damned if ya do, damned if ya don't...
100% on Target!. The American people DO care about the pork that was stuffed in to this bill. Had there been no pork, it would have even had my support. Schumer is, not surprisingly, out of touch with reality.
Where were the GOP's Concerns with WWJD when they spent Trillions in a war against people who didn't attack us????
Interesting but tell us something we don't know. the money that the ad cost to slam a man who just took office, and inherited this mess from the Bush administration could have been well spent on any other cause.
Where was The American Issues Project for the last 8 years as conservatives drove this country into the dirt? The last thing they want is "change." They want to continue the policies of the last 8 years because evidently there is still some money left in the middle and lower classes that they want to give to the rich.
I'd like to hear the inflation adjusted estimate on this please...
And the Republicans hit a new low.......... real shocker.
Petty, Negative and Fear-mongering – these small-minded people will be dragged kicking and screaming out of the mess that their folks got us into in the first place
Holy Depression, Batman!
Aks yourself, WWJD (what would Jesus [or your deity of choice] do) about the recession, the auto companies, the banks, the war in Afghanistan and other current issues facing The One and His Peops.