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The American Issues Project uses points of historical reference to show how $787 billion could stretch over time from the birth of Jesus to the current day.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

    I suppose next week they will come crying they are out of money, after spending a million on an add that noone cares about!

    February 20, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. rob

    well at least t his pork will still create jobs. who is goign to build the gulf carts, repair the buildings, run the fish hatcheries that might be a source of food for the populace? people. people that will be hired to do these jobs.

    February 20, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Gene

    I have a feeling that when people have the choice between a job and Jesus.. they'll break down and go for the job.

    February 20, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Brad

    Well that's pretty pathetic.

    I don't suppose the commercial offers any constructive ideas? Maybe an alternative?

    Nope? Well then... don't expect a receptive audience.

    February 20, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. AJ

    They seem confused. Change you can believe in was McCain's slogan. Poor things....can't even get the president's message right. I doubt this fares well for their understanding of such a complicated bill.

    February 20, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Aaron

    Go figured, leave it to the Republicans to whine and complain about anything and everything. I believe it was GWB, one of YOUR OWN, that first started this continuous downward spiral. Obama has been President for not even two months and you Republicans are already saying he is "disappointing." Maybe if Bush wasn't too hell-bent WASTING TAX PAYER MONEY ON THE USELESS IRAQ WAR we would have enough to pull our country out of this mess. Complain all you want but Bush caused this so you have no reason to complain about how Obama is handeling it. The first stimulus package that Bush sent out went right to the CEO's and Execs first, hypocritical on the fact that Bush and everyone else said the bill would not go towards bailing out the "big whigs" of companies. This is why Republicans have gotten the boot and the Dems are in control, because they actually know what to do. STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT LOST MONEY WHEN YOURE MAKING DUMB COMMERCIALS AND WASTING MONEY TRYING TO BAD TALK OUR NEW PRESIDENT.

    February 20, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. S.Positive

    I am really happy that God is keeping records of everyone's actions because one must take responbility on the day of reckoning RNC take note...

    February 20, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Gene

    It is Change I can believe in. Instead of spending the same amount of money blowing up another country, we're spending it on ourselves.

    "We will be judged on what we build, not what we destroy" Barack Obama's best quote.

    February 20, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Lesley

    Sounds like pork paid for the ad – excuse me – a million dollars for a negative ad? Someone remind the conservatives that the election is over. Their money would be better put to use helping to provide jobs and improve education through school programs.

    February 20, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Cory

    Hilarious! Like the state of the economy is all Obama's fault, not the result of horrific political idiocy during the last decade.

    February 20, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. ron

    Of course the conservatives spent $1M on an ad promoting their views, I guess they couldn't think of any better way to spend the money.
    Yet another nail in thier coffin! bye bye!

    February 20, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Curtis G

    Does anyone really care what the people who supported the worst president in history and whose policies got us IN to this mess feel about the way President Obama is attempting to get us OUT of it??

    February 20, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Paul

    Why spend nearly $1 million protesting AFTER the stimulus bill has already passed and been signed?

    February 20, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Gloria

    Good Heavens..can the republicans spit out any more doom and gloom!!! Their motto should be: HELP ! I'VE FALLEN AND I DON'T WANT TO PULL MYSELF UP!!

    February 20, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

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

    February 20, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. pushaw

    Is this the change I believe in? YES.

    GO OBAMA, you know what you're doing.

    February 20, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Liana From CA

    Really, this is the best the GOP can do?! Injecting Jesus into an anti stimulus ad. Pathetic and ineffective.

    February 20, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Jesse of ATL

    I wished that they would have been this concerned 8 eights ago.... With all their complaints, they have yet to offer a better solution with resolving our Nations problems....

    February 20, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. DR

    So they're spending nearly 1 million dollars to get this ad out? What purpose does this ad serve, other than to criticize? A million bucks could have bought a lot of grain to feed the hungry, starting from the day Jesus was born up until the present day, no?

    If you don't like what's happening, go out and do something constructive to change it! Did the ad ask the viewers to not to accept their personal stimulus checks? I would have admired that protest.

    February 20, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Bronson

    Instead of spending an additional MILLION BUCKS on an ad why don't they put that money into their local communties? That is if they were really concerned.

    February 20, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Delilah (Hampton, VA)

    Where were these critics while George W. Bush was in office for 8 years? Where were you? At least President Obama is trying to do something for the working people and not just for the Rich and Wall Street!
    Republicans need to adjust to the New Way of Thinking and help our hard working class. Your time is over. So, don't try to prevent our New President from succeeding. It will NOT work!

    February 20, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Monika

    I mean REALLY!? This is just funny now. Dems love satan and REPS love jesus? It's REALLY coming down to that?

    February 20, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Diing

    Jesus came for the poor!. Wake up Republicans. you're rejecting Jesus

    February 20, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Carol

    Lost in lala land of awaiting moderation.........again...

    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 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. In Houston, TX

    W.W.J.D?
    (For you heathens out there, What Would Jesus Do?)

    Well, if Jesus were here today he would believe in Kensian economic theory and say that the stimulus bill is too small and then he would ask why we would harken unto the devil which is supply side economics i. e. republican tax cuts.
    And he would ask W.W.P.K.D?
    (What would Paul Krugman do?_
    (Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize winning economist and someone I think we should listen to.)

    This commercial would be perfect opprotunity to tell people what they would do to solve the problem (other than tax cuts, tax cuts don't work)

    February 20, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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