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The American Issues Project uses points of historical reference to show how $787 billion could stretch over time from the birth of Jesus to the current day.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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  1. Sniffit

    @ Tony

    If anarchy is your answer to the results of the American people voting for a liberal Democrat for POTUS and choosing to give the liberal Democrats a large majority control of the legislature in order to enact their ideas, then you are the one who is un-American, not the Democrats and liberals.

    February 20, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Oye

    when will you Republicans stop this nonsence?

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

    Wait, does the commercial have a hip hop beat in the background? I think it would really help in its appeal to urban Americans if it did. ha ha

    February 20, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Brian L

    Funny the conservatives of Jesus' day had him crucified

    February 20, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Richard

    The new low is the Democrats bankrupting American. Taking money from people who earned it and giving it to people who didn't is not change, It's stealing

    February 20, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. What are you talking about

    Thats a cool fact but I got a better one. Bush added almost 12,000 years of debt if we spend $1,000,000 a day and he did that in only 8 years Ummmm me likey these facts

    February 20, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. I hate Texas

    This goes back to my main critisim of organised religion. Most religious people don't think what would Jesus want me to do, they do what they want & say that's what Jesus wants. Religion is used by bad people to justify their bad actions! Without that justification these people would only have themselfs to blame!

    February 20, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Isn't there some commandment condemning the use of Jesus for propaganda? LOL

    February 20, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Dixie

    People need to stop critizing Obama... Did they really expect for change to happen overnight? Change will come, but it just takes time.

    February 20, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Quedog

    Just ignor this right-wing BS to them Bush was a legend that just proves they don't know what they are talking about. Look at the millions of people from Iraq and the thousands of americans that would be alive today if Bush had not been elected in the first place.

    How many people has Obama killed so far, perhaps all you right wing ditto heads can look at lives lost as a meric.


    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Fola Babalola

    I am not bothered by this new. As long as Obama ignore the republicans................I think the republican cannot stand Obama gut; you guys should get it your greezy empty brain. WE have only ONE PRESIDENT IN THE US, and his NAME IS PRESIDENT OBAMA. Take it or go get a life................

    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Obama0812

    Tony you are a fucking idiot if Obama was a communist and a crook then you might as well say Franklin D. Roosevelt is a communist as well. Just because Obama is spending money in a stimulus package? Hello are economy is at a downfall here we need the money! Franklin D Roosevelt had to do the same thing to get us of the Great Depression by passing something called The New Deal. And from what I've seen the Stimulus Package is very New Dealish. So instead of criticizing the president for only having less than one month on the job how about you try to help our country instead of criticize! Maybe if more Americans were optimistic instead of pessimistic we wouldn't be in this mess! You call Obama a communist and a crook when its Bush who started this mess? Obama has less than one month on the job you need to be patient and stop being brainwashed by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh!

    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Very disappointed

    Why is it that the opposing political party must spend $1 million dollars and probably a sum more than that in labor to belittle the approved stimulus package? Why won't the opposing party put money and effort into moving something like this forward in a positive direction with the attempt to make improvements to it versus the standard negative approach to everything that is proposed? Let's all just get along for the good of the Country to help the people who pay the salaries of these politicians?

    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. OIF Vet

    This ad is about 6 years to late. I forgot, the GOP was in charge when the national debt doubled and this group only cares about issues when the Democrats take office.

    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. gg

    apac is that the nazi group that the bush and friends belong to

    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Baze


    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Taylor

    "A million dollars a day for more than 2,000 years. You would still have spent less money than Congress just did"

    Irrelevant statistic cat is irrelevant.

    February 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. lilacs

    The republicants are the only one that wont change and they a re hell bent on making sure that washington does not change so they can keep saying " Is the change we voted for" These guys are idiots. Obstructionist all of them. They really hate the america people.After all they are the ones calling them selves the america talian,the insurgents.. There words, not mine! GOP Grand Obstructinist Party.

    February 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. bing

    what a wate of money.

    February 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. SGJ

    Oh wow that sounds bad ... but to put a little perspective ... imagine if you spent over $5 million dollars every day since the earth got created (5000 BC) – thats the annual GDP of the US (+$13 trillion) – every year!

    Spending less than 7% of GDP to grow it seems reasonable!

    ... so typical of the the right wing nut jobs to resort to ignorant scare tactics...

    Thanks for playing... you wont win if you try doing it with math or science. The truth is not on your side ... Ha!

    February 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. angie


    This isn't about Republicans! It is about the future of America being sold out from under our feet.
    The people of this country who believe the government can solve all of our problems are who have hit a new low and we are all going to pay the price!

    February 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. toadman

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

    What does this sentence even mean?

    February 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Christine

    Everyone was so quick to proclaim Obama as "Messiah" during the election. However, if you had done your research, you would have realized he is the ANITCHRIST!

    Google: Obama would fail Security Clearance and read the article by Daniel Pipes

    Google: Mysterious Shadow Code Name Obama and read the article from PRAVDA.

    They are not religious articles, but they DO give a lot more of a background history on Osama-Bama than the Liberal media would have you know. Including: Why he has spent MORE THAN $500,000 to suppress his REAL birth certificate, the THREE DIFFERENT LAST NAMES HE HAS GOTTEN MARRIED WITH AND USED DURING HIS LIFE, why he STILL REFUSES to disclose his thesis papers from college(among other documents, and passports), and NAMES NAMES OF AT LEAST SEVEN RADICAL MUSLIMS WHO WORKED FOR HIM AND STILL DO AND THEIR AFFILIATIONS WITH HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH AND THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS CONTRIBUTED BY RADICAL MUSLIMS.
    Including the man who cut the ribbon to Obama's Philadelphia Campaign HQ WHO has been buying up large swaths of land in Philadelphia for years to build a MUSLIM ONLY RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD- HE HAS BEEN OBAMA'S 20 +YEAR BUSINESS PARTNER! Friends, this is only the beginning!

    February 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. TAM

    When Bush rallies the country and liberals complain, then we are labeled Anti-American. This crazy right wing religious group is more Anti-American than any of the liberal rhetoric while Bush and his bandits were in charge of this country. Hey, how about supporting your president????? And please be sure you write your congressman and governor to not accept any of the stimulus dollars in your state. Don't be hypocritical and accept even one dime of that money. Its win-win, you get to stand behind your principles and put your money where you mouths are and the rest of us get to share in the stimulus.

    February 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. McLoser

    Maybe Jesus would not have funded our invasion of Iraq that cost tens tens of billions of dollars and over 4,000 young American lives so far.

    Country first my butt!

    February 20, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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