February 20th, 2009
05:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Anti-stimulus ad uses Jesus

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/20/art.issues.cnn.jpg caption="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The American Issues Project uses points of historical reference to show how $787 billion could stretch over time from the birth of Jesus to the current day.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. Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    Fortunately, most viewers of CNN are too intelligent to believe this trash talk.

    Especially our young bloggers–very smart!

    February 20, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. brian mancinelli

    I think they could accomplish a great deal more by using that million dollars to feed some hungry people.

    February 20, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Corbett

    I agree. Jesus would be against the government trying to help out people who have lost their jobs. He would definitely all about rich people getting more tax cuts.

    February 20, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Canadian soccer mom

    So transparent and so old. When will they come out with fresh ideas of their own?

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

    He is bringing change.
    What are you expecting everything to be guilded ?

    he is working with Republicans, who for the most part, will
    stop at nothing to make him look bad.

    Just look at how the GOP reacted to the three Republicans who voted for the bill. They are vowing to run them out of office.

    Sounds more like an good ol boy lynch mob, then a respected
    and publically voted for, group of leaders.

    What angers me, is that the Republicans want to maintain the status quo. this is the same status quo that approved of the Bankers bad

    I believe in the President. And you should too.

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

    I am rather sure my comments will not get posted because they rarely are, but I just want to point out to all voters to Hear this and hear it good. These Right wingers are doing nothing more than campaigning for the next election. They will never agree with anything President Obama does. They will not give anything a chance to work. My God the Man just got into the White House. This was the product of an eight year disaster by former President Bush.. Where and what were the Republicans screaming and hollering when this country was going into this mess. They are the most pathetic group I have ever witness. God forbid they ever get back in control.

    Praying for President Obama

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

    Let see, Bush and congress spent that and 4000+ lives, 40,000 wounded, and how many 100's of thousands families hosed because of multiple deployments and that all in 7 years.

    February 20, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Jon

    My question for these people is, do they have a better idea?

    It's one thing to attack the ideas of others, but unless I see these individuals coming up with their own ideas I say their arguments carry very little weight.

    February 20, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. JodiM

    Lets try this visual math with the amount W. ran up the national deficit during his 8 years in office – , Hmmm, looks like we'd have enough left over at the end to pay for all of Obama's stimulas package – several times over!!!!

    February 20, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. BobH

    The ad is simple-minded and misleading. When the government did NOT step in and prop up banks in the early fall, the stock market crashed, loans were defaulted on, and the American people lost even more money than is in the stimulus bill.

    In that case, we got NOTHING. It just all went down the toilet. But the advertisement doesn't mention that half of the equation.

    The money in the stimulus bill may prevent a further crash, and will also improve the country's education and infrastructure, while providing millions of jobs.

    Yes we WILL have to pay for it later. And it's not guaranteed to fix the economy. But it's better than the alternative.

    February 20, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. NW

    What abou Captain Kirk?

    February 20, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. arivera

    These are the same people that have nearly destroyed the country. The only people that are listening to you are extreme right wingers so you know where you can put your hate and your opinions.

    February 20, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Felonious Monk

    Let's compare government spending to Jesus. Wow, what a bunch of Bologna. If I remember correctly, W is an Evangelical who believesGod speaks directly to him. This is nuts!

    You would think that as far as science and technology have advanced the human race we could get beyond superstition!!! There are so many gods, isn't that some sort of clue?
    This is just such an incredibly naive stance to take. What would Jesus do? More importantly, what would Elvis do? If in 2000 years people are worshipping Elvis will that help mankind get past superstition?
    Did The American Issues Project tithe ten percent of the million dollars they are spending? What would Alfred Hitchcock do? What would Liono of the Thundercats do? What would Speed Racer do? How about Popeye, what do you think Popeye would do? What would Garfield do?
    What would Jesus do with a million dollars? Jesus was a carpenter you know, not an accountant.

    February 20, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Road to recovery

    Idiots, Someone tell these blood sucking animals that scare tactic is over. Bush is gone, save your money for the time when the American people come after you and take you down for all the scandal that is hurting American People. If Jesus was here all you idiots Conservative will be burning in hell by now. Don't worry he is not here, but you will see him soon enough. Look what you have done to us, you idiot conservative, everyday we work harder and pray we don't get lay off today. I pray and hope for only a week you all leave like us, who need work and money to survive day to day, so you can taste the shit you all put us in. Shame on you, i pray one day your kids spit on your face or grave and complain of the shity life you have put them through. Long live those who actually care about people and their problems.

    February 20, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Douglas Christopher

    I'm suprised that only "critics" get this. What a great ad.

    February 20, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. No more Tired old Politics

    Funny I didn't see this ad when they rushed approval for the bank bailout. At least this bailout is about the people not the selected few that kick some of those dollars back to the Grand Ole Party. I guess we really know who is in it for the people and who is in it for their own sel interests.

    February 20, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. m.e.

    Isn't running that negative ad on Fox preaching to the choir?

    February 20, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Cynthia; Bham

    What everyone must realize is that President Obama did not create this mess – he inherited it when he became President. This country has been in trouble for a while – I didn't see them making commericals about former President Bush. At least give the President a chance to try and clean up what someone else messed up.

    February 20, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    I love it! We need to educate the American taxpayer that we are being taken, our Governemnt is running the biggest con game in the history of human kind. Bailout the rich and leave the bill to the working American taxpayer......

    February 20, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. James Patt

    How much money per day would that be – given the money wasted bombing Iraq>

    February 20, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Joan , Ontario

    The Bush administration spent that much money on an illegal, immoral war in Iraq where thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands of people injured and it put your country in an economic downspin. Would Jesus have approved of that? At least this money is going to help people in your own country.

    February 20, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Steph

    Yes, this is change we can believe it! It is a definite change from the do-nothing, regulate-nothing, you are on your own, it is your fault if you get screwed, wait for something will trickle down to you policies of the past 8 years! If the conservatives have a better idea they should have tried it when they had their chance. It is now time for them to shut up and let someone else fix their mess for the good of the country.

    I am so sick of the complaining and whining from the conservatives who got us in this mess and who have no good ideas of their own.

    February 20, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. TexasIndependent

    The auto makers had to provide a "viable" business model to the government in order to get bailout money. Ha, that's funny. I think we should demand a viable business model from the government before they get our tax dollars.

    Oh wait, but we elect our government officials.

    When the country is broke (that's now), then it's time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves why we wouldn't vote for responsible politicians. Instead we wanted "change", and "bipartisanship", and "unity". It's only rhetoric. We need somebody who can balance the budget and put together a plan to pull ourselves out of bankruptcy.

    Signing stimulus checks and simply printing money is not leadership. Anyone notice that US bonds are getting cheaper and cheaper? It's only a matter of time before the government's credit rating gets downgraded.

    February 20, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Ty

    First you have to believe that "jesus" is real........
    Funny how nobody had issue when we were rebuilding Iraq's infrastructure, but now that we are focusing on getting our people jobs and work, everyone has problems with the bill.

    February 20, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Regular People

    If distractions came in the form of horse manure...

    And if your television could deposit a ton of horse manure every day on your living room carpet...

    And if your television started depositing a ton of horse manure every day, starting from a bronze-age evening that is generally regarded by religious organizations as the day of the birth of their religious icon...

    And if this continued for 2000 years...

    Then that's how much of a distraction is in this commercial.

    February 20, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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