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The American Issues Project uses points of historical reference to show how $787 billion could stretch over time from the birth of Jesus to the current day.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

    Well, gosh, gee, guys! If you are going to make outrageous assertions like the ones in your ad, shouldn't you also mention that your guy came into office with a budget surplus, yet after eight years of no-bid contracts to his oil industry buddies, tax cuts to the wealthy, and launching an ill-conceived war in which thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis lost their lives, not to mention the $1 TRILLION cost of the war, we now find ourselves in the difficult financial straits we face?

    I didn't think so...

    February 20, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Bob in Pa

    Do you really think this is Republicains vs Democrats ? This is just the plain old truth about something that shouldn't have been done.

    This stimulus bill should be brought back to the floor and torn apart into seperate pieces of legislation and dealt with on the merrits of each item, up or down votes.

    February 20, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. MAUREEN

    It graves me to see how hateful we have become just because someone wants to help his fellow man. I quess if the President did nothing than all those who are opposed would be satisfied. Why are we evening calling this a failure before we see if it works or not. Would all those who critize this plan be content if this country just go down the tubes. Do the realize if this country fails we all will be hurt by it. Give the plan a chance, it might just be what we need at this difficult time. Presidenat Obama did not create this mess. He is only trying to fix it the best he can. I don't think John McCain could have done any better if he was in this position. This is a tough job for anyone in that position. We need to stop this and pray for the man in this position. Give him some incouragement and bash him on everything he tries to do to help you and me. When we speak failure, we are speaking this into the atmospher and it will come to pass. Be careful what you say. my people. God is listing, and he will give you the deserves of your heart. If this is not the President you want, then you will get what you ask for and God us what that President will do. I promise you it will not be pleasant. Take it from scripture.

    February 20, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Rob

    Not justifying the ad, but the article title is misleading. The ad used the birth of Jesus simply as a reference point in time, the same way it used other events/objects/people through time like the Coliseum and Mona Lisa. Not that I'm shocked, but the article headline blows something out of proportion as always. It would have the same relevancy if it was headlined "Anti-stimulus ad uses Monda Lisa"

    February 20, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Carl, Yucaipa

    How much does it cost to buy a front page Republican anti-Obama advertisement masquerading as a new story on CNN? I guess $1 million. Where’s the ad for the $598,580,407,696, and growing by the second, Republicans have jubilantly squandered on the Iraq War with absolutely nothing to show for it except a more powerful Iran. When will the confederacy of “red state” dunces realize it’s okay to spend money on America which will directly benefit them in so many, many ways.

    February 20, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. boered1

    and now for the rest of the story.. suppose you took the money LOST every day since the economy started its collapse in November of 2007 and added it up and then followed the republican plan of doing nothing and hoping that big business would, out of the kindness of their hearts, start hiring all the millions of people they laid off so they could record record profits for the wealthy who ahve invested on Wall Street and took that total you would find it is ALREADY ALMOST THREE TIMES the amount President Obama has agreed to spend to try to stop the decline of our economy. Now ask yourself, should we continue on following the republican plan of prayer and faith in big business or should we try to stop it?

    February 20, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Gabriel

    SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE – During the United States presidential election, 2008, it became known for commercials linking Barack Obama to former Weather Underground founder William Ayers.[2] The group has received substantial media attention.[3][4]

    The AIP was co-founded by Republican political activists Tony Feather (also a co-founder of the Republican 527 group Progress for America) and Chris LaCivita. [5] [2]

    Funding for AIP, which spent close to $3 million for the Ayers ads, is provided by Harold Simmons, who previously gave $3 million to fund Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and another $500,000 to Progress for America. [6]

    .........pathetic........

    February 20, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Rob

    Not justifying the ad, but the article title is misleading. The ad used the birth of Jesus simply as a reference point in time, the same way it used other events/objects/people through time like the Coliseum and Mona Lisa. Not that I'm shocked, but the article headline blows something out of proportion as always. It would have the same relevancy if it was headlined "Anti-stimulus ad uses Mona Lisa"

    February 20, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. James, Phoenix AZ

    The war in Iraq and Afghanistan, started by Republicans, cost more. Why is that not mentioned?

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Jane (Minnesota)

    I would like to see this conservative "Expert" who came up with this ridiculous thing also try to timeline what went on during the Bush 43 era..........Cutting Taxes (mainly for a small portion of the population) while funding 2 new wars & not trimming the federal budget during that time. Let's see that one, Conservatives! That doesn't sound like conservative practice either!

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Dan, New York

    Corey, where in the article does it say republican? Conservative and republican are not the same, just like socialists and democrats are not the same. 40% of Americans opposed to the stimulus mainly because of these 'little porky ammendments' is not a new low. Oh, and i hope that someone did the math, cause if 4 million jobs are made with this stimulus, each job is for about 180000 dollars. I hope the gov't knows what its doing...

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Emjay

    Barack is trying to get us out of this mess, he didn't create this. Bush did. So don't blame the man for trying drastically to get us out of this tailspin. Give the stimulus time to pass or fail. He deserves that much at least.

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Dana from NY

    Ironically if Jesus was anything- he was a Socialist! Go figure, so typical of Republicans to once again use Jesus and God in vain to further push their own beliefs- so far from the beliefs of Jesus its unrecognizeable! Disgusting!

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. R

    yet spending for a nonsensical ad is ok. I just don't understand why some want this bill to fail. Not liking it is fine but wanting it to fail is just stupid

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Reggie

    It is so sad that the die-hard LEFT actually has the audacity to criticize President Obama just 30 days into his presidency! He has to try and fix problems that have been compounded over the past 8 years during the Bush years, as well as a political climate that has existed in Washington for over 100 years. Does anyone truly believe that in 30 days they would see any major changes to all of that? Instead of throwing rocks at his ideas, these folks should be trying to HELP! They complain that they aren't included simply because they can no longer dictate policy.

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    what a waste of money making this Ad!

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. b

    Well, they just spent $1 million on this pointless ad which does nothing for anyone.

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Amius

    They have to be right wing Republican hacks. The Republicans are acting just like they did with Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression...they are constantly repeating a one-word mantra, "No." They were categorically wrong then and they are now. Monetary policies and tax refunds for the wealthy have not worked. The only choice left is for government to intervene with massive spending. The Grand Old Party just doesn't get that. They had their chance and failed miserably. Now, it's probably going to be years before they are back in power.

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. jacksonville

    What can you say about the Republican party; other than they believe in their minds, that nothing is done right or even has a chance of success unless they do it. I am so tied of these people who complaint and criticize others who at least try and willing to get the economy bad on track. Whether the stimulus is successful or not; at least some effort has been put forward by people with common sense. It's the Republican party that has put the country in this mess and now their criticing the effort. Get a life. Better yet; get on board because the train is moving forward. We the people that support the new administration do not expect an overnight success. But this administration will be a success. I look forward to campaign much harder this administration. "Yes we can, Yes we will". No doubt about it. President Obama will have our support again. Him and his administration.

    February 20, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Larry Schlueter

    There is still the continuous blame of others for the current problems. Did the demos just start getting the facts that there is a problem?? Don't they realize most of this came from the housing . . . the demos wanting to provide houses for the low income . . . even thought they did not have ability to earn a reasonable wage. Even though welfare pays enough, it doesn't provide for expensive houses.

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Cindy

    Geez... and how many years would it go back to, for how much we spent on the bogus war in Iraq? Adam and Eve?

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. 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 |
  23. jj

    Let me think what could you spend that million dollars on besides an add slaming our government?? I could use some help paying my bills as could millions of others, oh yeah maybe you could hire 20 out of work Americans and pay them 50,000. a year for a year, but no you want to blow it all on an add that is complaining about something that is already a done deal. And you want to tell someone how to run the country???? I'll take the stimulas, that is at least going to make some jobs!!

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Katherine E Golemi

    Most republican governors are turning it down...

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Linda

    1 month after taking office, Pres Obama has passed a bill to get something moving. Anything changing what's happened in our country in the last 2 years is an improvement over what we've seen out of the last administration for the last 8 years. And still people dare to complain. Oh, people of little faith.

    If nothing changes, nothing changes. At least there's action going on. Patience and faith. Good job for a month after seeing nothing for years.

    February 20, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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