February 20th, 2009
05:04 PM ET
5 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The American Issues Project uses points of historical reference to show how $787 billion could stretch over time from the birth of Jesus to the current day.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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soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    Why are they paying for a commercial to critic a bill that has already passed???

    February 20, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. The dude

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. thersa

    The Iraq war cost more.

    February 20, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Dace Tucson AZ

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Had It

    But - But - But - aren't republican mayors and governors taking some of it??? And failed mortgages? Any republicans with failed mortgages?

    February 20, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. mkn

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Aleister

    Well, Jesus was a community organizer, RIGHT?

    February 20, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Spencer/Bad Newz, VA

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. DB

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. babs from Denver

    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?

    February 20, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Q

    Are you serious? This is news? Who cares if Jesus is "mentioned?"

    February 20, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. DB

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. DB

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Eddie B.

    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!!!

    February 20, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. DB

    Just think how many people could have been fed with that $1 million. Sad :(

    February 20, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Laura

    So I guess we should have just done nothing....damned if ya do, damned if ya don't...

    February 20, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Kathy in Michigan

    Where were the GOP's Concerns with WWJD when they spent Trillions in a war against people who didn't attack us????

    February 20, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Jan Illinois

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Harry

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Jason

    I'd like to hear the inflation adjusted estimate on this please...

    February 20, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Corey, Maryland

    And the Republicans hit a new low.......... real shocker.

    February 20, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Desmond Sequeira

    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

    February 20, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Mobius

    Holy Depression, Batman!

    February 20, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    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.

    February 20, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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