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The American Issues Project uses points of historical reference to show how $787 billion could stretch over time from the birth of Jesus to the current day.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. anonymous05

    Barack is just getting started... You should give him some time, then he will get the hang of it. i have faith in him.

    February 20, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. FormCritic

    Isn't it a little early to start the 2010 election? I mean, can't we wait 100 days or something?

    February 20, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    And America shrugged.

    February 20, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Carol

    And the point of spending 1,000,000.00 to criticize a bill that has already passed issssssss......................what?

    Early start to the next round of elections in about 18 months. What happens if this stimulus bill does just that, stimulates the economy enough to slow down this recession and next year things actually start turning around.

    Now won't you have egg on your face and you'll be a 1,000,000.00 lighter in the pocket.

    Don't count your chickens just yet on this bailout failing........

    February 20, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. BC

    The 'new' GOP is talking all about getting hip with tech and urban with the hip young minority folks, but they really have to distance themselves from the right-wing lunitic fringe if they want to attract anybody new (or even keep most of the people they already have). Does anyone in the GOP have what it takes to stand up to these nuts?

    February 20, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. RR

    that's "[using] Jesus"???

    way to sensationalize this!

    February 20, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Tony

    liberal nothing different with communist crook lier and make this country become anarchy

    February 20, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Janet L.

    How crazy! What about the bail-out package of Fall 2008 or the tax rebate program of Spring 2008 under G.W. Bush? Or any such package under other past Presidents? Geez, people, please THINK about the bigger picture before throwing barbs at Obama. THAT would be a change I could believe in. You should have given the $1 million to a food bank instead...and because you did not, you are part of the problem.

    February 20, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Nick the Photographer

    RIP / GOP

    February 20, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. AD

    Really. Give me a break. *sigh*.

    February 20, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. John

    Yet no comment on the 10 billion dollars a month Bush spent in Iraq destroying the country and never finding WMD's. No comment on how (R) Phil Gramm was able to push through deregulation that got us in this mess to begin with or how the Republicans are stonewalling any attempt to keep it from happening again. Let the losers whine and moan all they want, when Obama does what Clinton did in helping to recover the US from tremendous debt created by Republican mismanagement and greed what will they say then...I can hear the crickets now.

    February 20, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Raymond

    Does ANYONE think a Chicago Politician who TWICE voted to kill laws that would protect children born during a botched abortion... would REALLY care what Jesus would say or do??

    "Faith" to Obama is merely a political strategy – not a moral compass.

    February 20, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. duvidor

    There's an enormous difference between spending and investing! People confuse the two more often than not!!!

    February 20, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. RSB

    It's interesting that they have the $'s for something like this when others are struggling. It passed, it's time to move on. Got anything to contribute? I doubt it, this just shows their priorities are a little messed up.

    February 20, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Judy L Krause

    We have been sold down the river and thrown under the bus....Yes, regular "working" Americans everywhere have been stabbed in back by worthless promises of change, when the reality is that the big change continues to line the pockets of politicians and special interest. The rich get richer, I believe.

    February 20, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. fred

    great ad

    February 20, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. KLS

    Where were these people while Bush and the GOP spent BILLIONS each month money in Iraq? Why didn't they scream about the wild spending spree Washington was on for 8-years? .They didn't seem to care we went from a fiscally responsible government to the largest deficit spending in U.S. history. It's clear they don't mind wild government spending as long as the GOP are doing it and the rich get richer.

    February 20, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Sharon Northern Virginia

    Jack, Why are you reporting more from the Repugs. They are as low as low can go at this point.

    Why are we not talking more about the New York Post... cartoon, now thats worth a discussion don't you think?

    February 20, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. WhoCares?

    I'm not surprised by any fear tactic the Conservatives use now.

    They are small, petty, bitter people.

    February 20, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Shannon

    "The organization said it will spend nearly $1 million on the ad ..."

    Perhaps this money should have been used to stimulate the economy, not to pay for an ad campaign. Hypocrites!

    February 20, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Jano 1234

    Totally agree he is disappointing but from where he stood with me I new he would be.

    February 20, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Liz

    You have got to be kidding me. I don't remember ever seeing stuff like this when any other President just took office. What is wrong with people today?

    February 20, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. FRANCISCO BALAGTAS

    Though we were seemingly united in electing change, some sectors of our great society are really out there to heed to derision and make this presidency fail. I will tend to agree to the US Atty. General when he comments that this country is a country of cowards simply because of this - instead of US holding hands and moving forward, some of us tend to be crabs and pull others down. Sad SAD Sad. It only goes to show that we, as humans, are really very had to please.

    February 20, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. thomas

    Hey, it's only money. Kick back and enjoy life.

    February 20, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. FormCritic

    Corey – A new low?

    Do you remember the Clinton presidency?

    Whatever side you blame for the signs of those times, the bar is pretty far down there.

    February 20, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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