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."

Filed under: John Boehner
soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Well, I'll be the first to admit I did see some stimulus jobs in The People's Republic of MA.

    On the 2-lane highway nearest to my home, we now have 2-foot square signs every 2 tenths of a mile telling you that you've gone another 2 tenths of a mile.

    In both directions! In addition to the mile markers that were already there!

    I cannot even begin to expound on how much my life has been edified by this expenditure of tax dollars. And neither can the workers... after all, it was a 2-week job for them.

    Government does not create wealth. Only the dreaded private sector can do that.

    July 2, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Kathy

    Considering how Boehner got us in this mess in the first place, has offered nothing to help solve his mess, why is it he can only make fun of people trying to straighten out his crap!!! Vote this idiot out!!!

    July 2, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. ch

    Maybe Ellie Mae should have been used to sniff out any decent, intelligent republicans.

    She'd have a better chance of finding Jimmy Hoffa!

    July 2, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Minnesotan

    Well first of all... never in the history of the US has unemployment went down during a recession. In fact, it often times takes up to 16 months to stop shedding jobs even after it has recovered. This is FACT! Its just the way recessions work.

    And second of all... what if the public was well aware of the actual evidence of these jobs that have been created. Would the GOP even acknowledge it? Hell no!

    Like I'm gonna listen to these guys for anything that has anything to do with our economy.

    July 2, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Mick

    Where is your plan, Boehner? It's painfully apparent that more of your endless whining isn't going to put anyone back to work.

    Do you and Steele have ANYTHING AT ALL to offer?

    July 2, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Xavier

    They probably are buried in the same hole in the ground were the GOP buried the American middle class during their 8 years in office.

    July 2, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. CW

    Looks like the hound found one of the people who started the mess to begin with!

    July 2, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Mike Vaughn

    Can the Bloodhounds Sniff OUT the GOP that Caused this mess in their 8 Year Run?!?!?!?! DO THE GOP HAVE A DOG THAT CAN FETCH A SOLUTION FOR THE GOP TO FIX THIS MESS?!?!?!?! or again does the GOP have 0 PLans?????????

    July 2, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Mike

    Some jobs have been created while more have been lost. No wonder the republicans cannot find the new jobs. They couldn't find an econoomic clue for 8 years.

    July 2, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Save America

    obama needs to shut his ugly face about Hondurus. Leave them alone.They don't need a dictator.
    We don't either.

    July 2, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Moderate Democrat

    Actually, that would have been a good commercial about GOP tracking down Bin Laden.

    Sent republicans out, and after eight years, they still couldn't find ONE MAN. How sad.

    July 2, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. DavidinCA

    From the beginning I thought it would be interesting to see how the Democratic leaders would backpeddle when it came time for some accountability.

    They do need to be held accountable for all of this spending they crammed through in a totally partisan way.

    July 2, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Bill NC

    What complete idiots...don't these GOP nitwits have anything constructive they can do? Preening, hypocritical egomaniacs the
    whole bunch of them.

    July 2, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Hugo

    I would be interested in knowing how the unemployment rate is actually tracked. If it is solely based on payroll reports and unemployment benefit claims then it is way skewed! Most of the people I know that have lost jobs have already used up their pittance of unemployment money and are now into all their life savings as there are few jobs offered with substantial competition. The other information I would be interested in knowing is what % of Americas working population is composed of government employees? I read somewhere it was close to 43% with a mean pay of 75,000/yr but couldn't find the facts to back that up. It is interesting though when you start thinking of where the money comes from to fund our government's non-sustainable practices of spend spend spend.

    July 2, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Something stinks

    Apparently it was able to locate the Climate Bill.

    July 2, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Don Mahanna

    "It was modeled on a campaign commercial run by the current Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in his 1994 Kentucky Senate race."

    1994? Really? Could someone tell them the year is 2009, and its time for some new ideas?


    July 2, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Lisa P

    More nonsense from the Party of Stupidity. Looking forward to replacing more of them in 2010. Net job loss/gain: 0

    July 2, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. gerry

    And here I though all the bloodhounds were all employed and working overtime, tracking down Sandfords's travel schedule and list of friends.

    July 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. RealityKing

    614,000 new unemployed Americans last week..., 3.4 million since Jan 20th. But not according to Joe's progressive report card!!

    July 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Buffalo Bill

    C'mon folks, let's give President Obama a few YEARS for this all to shake out. Remember, it took the evil Bush 8 years to "destroy" the economy. Let's look at history....it took decades for these types of economic policies to take hold in Eastern Europe, but once they did, boy oh boy didn't their economies just flourish! Anyways, employment is overrated, and aren't we getting the "change" that we all wanted so badly? "Give me universal health care or give me death!"

    July 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Stay Active

    I kept my job because of the Recovery Package here in Florida. Thanks to the last tax reduction bill sponsored by our Great Gov. Charlie Christ.....we lost a lot of tax revenue. Where do these people think that the Police and Fire forces pay comes from. How about the city workers that provide services. These things are NOT FREE. If you want something you have to pay for it.

    July 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. The Marginalizer

    And the Republican plan to turn around the economy is??

    Didn't think so.

    July 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Sam Sixpack

    George and his buddies robbed us until we revolted – now its Barack and friends' turn. It takes thousands of poor people to support each rich person - we're just so much raw meat for the grinder. Why the sad face?

    July 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Shawn - GA

    I think the best part is that President Obama said it would take month even years for things to get better...

    By saying this he got all the people who hang on his every word to give him that time, while he knows full well that things would turn around anyway in that time. Thus making it look like he actually DID something. He did nothing, the housing market problem stems from problem from the Clinton Admin. I am not making a Red or Blue defense here.... All of these people in Washington are abusing their power.

    I do however have little faith in this President. I WANT to be wrong I swear I do, I would like nothing more than to say that I doubted and I was wrong. However so far I am only feeling more fear based on the decisions made so far.

    We as a people, as a country need to let go of Left or Right. We need to work together, and for God's sake stop with the hateful words that so many of you choose to use.

    May God bless you all and I hope everyone has a safe 4th of July!!!

    July 2, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Palin fan

    This video is surprisingly funny and makes it point. I'm rooting for the republicans and hope that this video – that aims to make people laugh while making a statement – is the start of a new strategy for the party. I'm tired of the name-calling and dire warning ad style, so this video is refreshing. Good job.

    July 2, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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