July 2nd, 2009
01:32 PM ET
13 years ago

GOP says even bloodhounds can't find stimulus jobs

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/02/art.boehnervid.cnn.jpg caption="Dems are hitting back at a new GOP Web video."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the day the June jobs report showed the U.S. labor market shedding 467,000 jobs, House Republicans released a tongue-in-cheek Web video featuring a bloodhound named "Ellie Mae" sniffing out stimulus jobs.

Narrated by Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, the clip shows the bloodhound "on the money trail" visiting AIG's headquarters in New York City and projects in Wisconsin and North Carolina supported by federal stimulus dollars. It was modeled on a campaign commercial run by the current Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in his 1994 Kentucky Senate race.

House GOP Leader John Boehner poses with Ellie Mae at the end of the video. "She hasn't found any stimulus jobs yet, and neither have the American people," says Boehner. "It's time to stop runaway spending in Washington and help small businesses get the economy running once again. Hang in there, honey, we'll find 'em."

"This is a lighthearted web video, but the underlying point is no laughing matter," Boehner said in a written statement. "At a time when Americans are looking to Washington for leadership, the trillion-dollar 'stimulus' isn't working. Americans were promised the 'stimulus' would keep the unemployment rate from going above eight percent. It's now it's skyrocketing above nine percent. Where are the jobs?"

Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wasn't amused by the video. "Looks like the hound couldn't track down any of the police officers, teachers or nurses who are working today because of the Recovery Act or the construction workers working on more than 1,900 highway projects already under way across the country."

Elshami also said the stimulus law still needed time to show results, and slammed the GOP: "Betting against the American economy is another fairly depressing political strategy from the House Republican Conference."

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soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Matt

    How about an idea of how to "get those small business going"? Still haven't heard anything from the GOP other then "cut taxes on the rich" and "deregulate", which has PROVEN itself not to work.

    July 2, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Darko

    Someone tell Pelosi that those Police officers are going to be fired at the end of this year...nice try.

    July 2, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    Boehner is a bonehead, plain and simple. He and his fellow GOP along with Bush, Cheney and company ran this country so far into the ground and President Obama is getting blame. They make me sick to my stomach. Maybe Boehner can tell us which tanning solution company to buy stock in.

    July 2, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm curious to know that if the GOP alternative of giving more tax breaks to big business would have created any new jobs. I think not. I believe that if we took the GOP approach to the economic downturn, we would be suffering way more than we are. Bonehead and his GOP colleagues can criticize all they want, but when you can't provide solutions, i don't see how you can comment on the current situation. The stimulus so far has SAVED jobs. The creation of new jobs is in the process and it's not going to happen over night as the GOP expects it to do.

    July 2, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Anon

    "Betting against the American economy is another fairly depressing political strategy from the House Republican Conference." – This is a joke right? Betting against our current leadership is about the only sure thing going... Top to bottom they are all useless

    July 2, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Roger

    Hey you Democrats in Congress how about asking the same question of the GOP "you were in control for eight years you tell us where the jobs are?

    July 2, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Matt

    It is frustrating to see Obama on the TV saying all the right things and then pushing policies that adversely affect jobs, incomes and business growth. It shouldn't be up to the other party to call him out. CNN and others should do some investigative reporting and find out what's going on.

    July 2, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Dan, TX

    We should not see job losses stop for another six months. By 12 months, we should be seeing net gains in employment. That was the projection. Seems like this is much ado about nothing. Sure, we'd like to see the damage done by the financial crisis turn around overnight, but no reasonable person ever said it would turn around. Many people think the government did not spend enough. The republicans think we shouldn't have had any stimulus plan at all. Under McCain, 15% unemployment would be just part of the market taking care of excess employment.

    July 2, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. chamorrita

    HA! HA! Lordy that's funny.

    The GOP must be using the same bloodhounds when they were spending like DRUNKEN SAILORS for eight years and didn't give a rats behind about our economy, healthcare, employment and foreclosures in this country. Especially in the SOUTH, folks like Lindsey Graham, Shelby, Sanford, DeMint, Mitch McConnell, etc. ALL Southern Republicans with the WORST, WORST economic conditions in history!!!! What have these jokers been doing the last 8 years?

    Unemployment didn't just plummet under President Obama, it was already tanking thanks to the Republicans.


    Save all this hogwash for the PIGS WITH PINK LIPSTICKS complaining and whining about everything and anything, but NEVER have any solutions and NEVER SEEM TO GET TO WORK!!

    July 2, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Repuglicans act Holier than Thou

    Ellie Mae hasn't been able to find any solutions from the Repugliklans. This slick TV ad is an obvious publicity stunt with no substance behind it whatsoever. Boner has disgraced himself and his party with such lame tactics. All Boner does is complain and "work" on his tan while is party is going down the tubes. What plans to the Repugs have to create jobs? None.

    July 2, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. GenTwelve

    John Borhner is a bitter old man. We've got problems and this tit for tat argumentative approach is not going to work. Pelosi is not much help either. Let's face it, America gambled and the profits came in, we baecame even more greedy and then we crapped out. We can fix it or do the same old same old thing and lose. I really don't see this congress (both parties) or administration as having the courage to six things.

    July 2, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. New Age Democrat

    If Pelosi is referring to how Obama's create jobs speech was changed to "Save or Create", I'm not buying it. The amount of money that was spent on the "Stimulus" should be showing more progress.

    It seems that the only thing the stimulus bill has done is to line the pockets of DNC donors in the version of pork spending.

    The administration had better get a handle on this, but I fear it's already too late. This is not the kind of leadership I expected. They have zero excuses at this point, being in charge of every aspect of government. I'm extremely disappointed, enough to change my vote next time around.

    July 2, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Nothing 'Stand Up' about John Ensign

    Yup, this sure is a hilarious video about funny problem. Hah hah.

    These Republican pseudo-leaders are the only jokes.

    They should spend less time on formulating mindless messages designed for nothing more than scoring political points with voters and more time formulating some real plans and policy proposals that will get our country out of the ditch they drove us into during the past 12 years.

    I'm voting for Democrats down the line in 2010.

    July 2, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Dave

    I wonder who has the higher IQ – Boner or Ellie Mae? Again, nothing but whining and no solutions from the dolts that got us into this mess in the first place.

    July 2, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Shucks

    This whole mess was started by the rethuglicans that were in office for the last 8 years and the GOP is bashing a new president that has been in office 6 months. Give me a break. The increase in unemployment is due to the auto makers and their many thousands of related industrial jobs that depend on the auto industry returning to fiscal stability. For the GOP to scream about job loss is pretty moronic at this point. Everyone even the president stated that things would get worse before they improved and that could take a year plus. The GOP needs to keep their mouths shut as they are the cause for this countries ills. It didn't happen in the last 6 months. The political posturing of the GOP has gotten as old as the average age of their party leaders.

    July 2, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. JayG

    Its true. The Stimulus will have done nothing for us. All that was done is get all the liberal pet projects done that they have been waiting for 8 yrs to do. by the end of the year the job losses will continue to rise and unemployment will do the same, and yet we will still here the same excuse, "Its only been a year"! Give him time!

    July 2, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Troy from NJ

    I wonder where this hound was when the GOP let Bush double our debt , start a war that is costing us billions and passed out the first stimulus to wall street. They are such desparate hypocrites!

    July 2, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Beka

    And whose fault is it that the American economy is in shambles? I'd say the evidence is clear that its 30 years of tricking the American people into thinking that greedy right wing policies somehow benefit the typical American.

    July 2, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. heathme2003

    This is the Republican response to our problem??? They make a stupid video? Can't wait until the next election.

    July 2, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Kenneth

    So what is the resolution that the GOP has to offer? They are ALWAYS condemning but not offering any input as to how to resolve. Its past the time for finger pointing and waiting for something to fail, we need a government that is active and if ANY member is not up to the task then they need to be replaced regardless of party affiliation ... PERIOD!

    July 2, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Matt

    Also, I don't understand why Nancy Pelosi and Obama are calling the stimulus package a success (Obama did last night). The money wasn't to be spent on making government payroll, but stimulating spending and business growth. The stimulus didn't save jobs for FIrefighters, police or school teachers (see PA and CA).

    July 2, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Texas Teacher

    Did anyone seriously think that Obama could snap his fingers and clean up Geo. Bush's obscene mess in a six months or so? Once in place the plans Obama has and we voted for cannot help but generate jobs! Of course, the republicans want to slam this idea all along the way. Like Limbaugh, they are gleeful in their desire that these plans fail! What do they care about the rest of us? About the same as they cared the last 8 years with Bush/Cheney! 🙁

    July 2, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. rand

    Talk about Cruelty to animals!!!!! This poor bloodhound forced into a GOP commercial and worse yet, with THE BONER.

    July 2, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Barbara CA

    Boehner actually gets paid for this? This is so sad!!!

    July 2, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Pam

    Wish Boehner would spend as much time trying to solve problems in this country as he does running his mouth!

    July 2, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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