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. nom deplume

    Elshami is engaging in that old DC deceit: call it by another name. The fact that Obama has given boatloads of cash to cities and states (democratic ones by the way) so that they can avoid inconveniencing their own taxpayers to pay municipal salaries is somehow creating jobs? Wonder how taxpayers in Texas and Montana feel about paying the salaries and fat pensions of cops in NYC and LA?

    Well, no one ever went broke betting against the stupidity of the electorate.

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

    dog Boner looking good doing NO-thing for America.
    When is he going to cancel his lifetime government healthcare we pay for?
    As he spends all his time campaigning for failure

    July 2, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Right Leaning Independent

    Elshami, I do not think anyone is betting against the American economy. We are all just saying what we knew from the beginning, the stimulus package was and still is a joke played on the American public. Your ideas have created no help to the American economy but you just keep living in your fantasy world and spend us into oblivion...

    July 2, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. GOP = 21st century dodo

    So we've known for months that the recovery will take a while. We've known for months that the number of unemployed will grow before it shrinks back down. Yet every time a new jobs report comes out Boehner comes out with a statement or some sort of stunt like this is all coming out of nowhere.

    My question is, does the GOP think Americans are stupid?

    July 2, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. KT

    where was this bloodhound when W was spending record amounts?

    July 2, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. 8 years 4 sure

    Where were the bloodhounds when this big mess was being made; sniffing out the selfish Republicans. "Ellie Mae" is smelling something alright; its the stinch of the Republican party, where their morals and credibility are rotting.

    July 2, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Chuck Paisley

    One thing's for dang sure, the money didn't go to make jobs, as promised by the POTUS.

    July 2, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    Only morons still believe in trickle-down economics. The problem is there are so many morons.

    You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you only need to fool enough of the people enough of the time.

    July 2, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Tony

    The truth is NOBAMA can not give any verifiable numbers to prop up his claims. Numbers do not lie.

    He said if this stimulus is passed, it will fix what is broken. Well it is still broken. I think now we can say this is NOBAMAs economy since his fix did not work. Now they say give it time to work. How macuh time? No one can say.

    Elshami did not listen to her President on Wed. He said the stimulus worked????? Job losses and yes Policemen, teachers or nurses are being laid off.

    The recovery act only worked for the NOBAMA cronies. PAYBACK for their support.

    July 2, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Russ

    Ok, you Republican fools need to be more serious if you are to be taken seriously. Grow up and quit acting like little childern that didn't get their way. You've already shown you can't be trusted with all the "we stand for family values" bible thumping, hypocrital crap. Republicans have no credibility left and yet every day someone goes even lower into the gutter to prove the point. You can cut a plank off just so many times and the end result is, it is still to short.

    July 2, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Emma

    It took eight years to get us in this dilemma. Sen. Boehner, are your
    expectations that lifting the recession was going to be complete in six months after eight years of manifesting itself? You are going to have a difficult time convincing educated Americans of this.

    July 2, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. ~~ July ~~

    Soooooooooooooo because of the lack of jobs .... might as well let the dog loose and hunt the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT???

    July 2, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Eileen

    Boehners so full of crap I can smell him from here.

    I'm tired of the games. They offer no solutions, just whining. I've tuned out the gop til they decide to be a productive part of the legislature.

    July 2, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Roger from CA

    Clearly the GOP is rooting for failure of the stimulus plan, and Obama's policies in general. Here's the problem: that's the plan that's in place, gang, and Obama is the President whether you like it or not until 1/20/13. So, if you are rooting for the plan to fail, you are rooting for America to fail.

    To a very real degree, we all have to believe that the stimulus will work in order for it to have its best and maximum effect. Rooting against it isn't constructive and is fundamentally unpatriotic. If, once it has had a full and fair chance to work and it hasn't, then fine: say you told us so. Score your political points then. But right now we desperately need it to work. Stop the sniping.

    July 2, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Ken

    I hope Ellie Mae had her nostrils plugged for that picture. Not sure how much damage to a sensitive nose could be done by sitting next to the rightwing stench emitted by that [R] maggot.

    July 2, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. DC Insider

    Bravo to the webvideo I loved it. And the fact that Nadeam Elshami, came out to defend Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes it even better. Look, we controlled more than a majority of the government for over 2 years...so a lot of these isses are not in fact Bushes, but Nancy Pelosi.

    We need to seriously look at our own party and clear out the waste of space that we have. Nancy makes us look bad when she talks (she is so partisan) and we have so many scandals in our party that when Sanford pops up we jump on that, to distract people from our own issues within the house.

    Let's face it, Obama has to get his act together in 3 years or he'll be voted out. I and many other Moderate Democrats are getting tired of the ineffectiveness of his administration. We are moving our troops to Afghanistan (hello? I thought you said you were going to get us out of the Middle East), we are spending money on his cronies (billions going to "friends" in Illinois), and he is backing up on a lot of his campaign promises.

    July 2, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Patrick

    I live in Washington DC and about 4 miles from the capitol they are fixing 11th street NW between O and L/Mass. It's really an impressive effort, paid for by the stimulus. If Boehner could have taken his dog for a walk by my house and met some of the people who have jobs because of the stimulus. He could have also driven just up the road to Tyson's Corner where they are putting in a long delayed and disparately needed extension to the Metro system. I drove to Pittsburgh last weekend and saw lots of roads projects in Handcock and Hagerstown MD. This is stupid. I'm not even looking and I'm seeing it all over. Boehner has congressional reports and a staff ready to help him answer his questions if he truly has them, yet he feels the need to feign ignorance. He and the GOP seem to want things to get worse just so they can score political points. Why doesn't the GOP bet on the American worker and the American spirit? Why do they hate America?

    July 2, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. John

    Leave it to Boner to finally discover his constituency.

    July 2, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. The Other Michael in Houston

    The only problem I have with this is, President Obama has only been on the job six months. He said it was going to get worse before it got better. Remember? It didn't take Bush six months to screw this country up completely. Bush took about 7 years to completely run this country into the ground, so it more than likely taake more than 6 months for Obama to turn things around for the better. Republicans still have not come up with a better plan the Obama's. The GOP is spending a lot of money trying to tear down everything Obama is doing. And no, going back to the same old way that lead us to this mess is not going to work. If I was a Republican contributing my hard on dollors to these so called Republicans leaders, I'd be pissed right about now. If the GOP would spend more time being proactive versus reactive, maybe we the American public would actually listen to what you have to say. But, since the old guard still runs the GOP, we will expect more of the same garbage from them. It is going to be scary not to have a checks and balance system in our House or Senate due to at the rate the GOP is going, hardly any seats will be Republican come 2010.

    July 2, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. katiec

    What the republicans seem to "forget" is that 1.3 million jobs were lost during the last year of the Bush administration.
    That the majority supported the stimulous package (which was Bush's and Paulsons plan with no oversight allowed).
    That mistakes which took eight years to reach full consequences
    cannot be resolved overnight.
    That spending on the unwarranted, unjustified Iraq war, even
    after "mission accomplished" was not included in the deficit
    figures so what the amount was will probably never be known.
    That lack of regulations, guideance, oversight with the financial,
    insurance, drug companies etc gave them the license to rape
    the American people, which they did in every respect.
    That while they had power there was not a spending bill they did not love, except, of course, those benefiting middle class America.
    How they have the nerve to rant and rave, point fingers, distort and
    be so hypocritical is beyond me.
    When, or will they ever put us and our country first?

    July 2, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Tim

    I hope Obama's health care plan works as well as his stimulus plan did.

    July 2, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Neil K, CA

    Wow, busy week for Representative Boehner. Going from playing golf with Tiger Woods to appearing in a video that tries to score political points on the backs of the unemployed? He must be absolutely beat.

    July 2, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Right Leaning Independent

    Based on a similar article and the postings that the Libs wrote, I feel certain they will post the same crap here so let me say that Dems created the mess we are in today and it all started with your savior Clinton who relaxed lending laws under pressure from Barney Frank who believes that everyone should own a home – not earn it!! The financial mess caused by this policy created todays problems. And stop talking about Bush spending money during his time because if you were against Bush's spending yet you agree with Obama than that makes you a hypocrite!!!!!!

    July 2, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. phoenix86

    Typical Pelosi speak. No jobs CREATED, therefore if you still have a job, the porkulus package must have "saved it".

    I'm still working, but if the government would give me a few million of the porkulus package, I'll quit and someone else can have my job!

    July 2, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    They keep criticizing, but have no other solutions. They want this to fail so they look better in 2012, Here's an idea: help come up with solutions that are legitimate.

    July 2, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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