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. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Thank You Pelosi for this comment. Now I challenge you to come to Illinois to find a working construction worker and please bring a bloodhound. By the way nancy the great, where is my job? Someone please send Pelosi a calculator so she can figure out our economy is still shedding jobs and it doesnt matter if one job is created while 2 are lost.

    July 2, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Hugo

    Looking at some of the other blogs and personal attacks on Representative John Boehner, I have to comment further, wake up American citizens he is on your side if you are against BIG Wasteful Government. People on the left seem to forget that the Democrats had control of the House and Senate for the last two years of the Bush Administration. They controlled passage of most bills that were approved and crushed any bill they were not in favor of. During this period we had Democrats Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, Franklin Raines, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pushing at the beckon call of ACORN organizers for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make sub-prime home loans to people that could not otherwise qualify for them, FREE CREDIT. Mr. Boehner and other Republicans pushed and pushed hard to curb and regulate this aspect of the banking industry as they were aware of the impending DOOM we are now experiencing, to no avail due to the DEMOCRATS. With that said, unemployment would be a lagging indicator in a growing economy but what would it be in a declining economy, hint: Leading indicator?

    July 2, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Chuck, Tennessee

    Nancy obviously has not spoken to Pres Obama, who announced yesterday that the stimulus had "done its job." (Sounds much like "mission accomplished") If the stimulus has done its job, then more time should not be needed for it to work. Obama and the Dems are such liars. I would say they are idiots, but they are actually smart enough to keep the vote of many Americans, even though they really care nothing about them.

    July 2, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. johnnie

    cnn, why do keep this bull nonsense up with john boehead, he looks like a blood hound, the stimulis has to take effect, it was not going to happen over nite,the president is carefully monoriting the stimulus so it wil be done right. the gop is going to be permantly deleted from the face of polictics, thinking that the unempolyment woes ,is connected to the stimulus, they going to be out of work soon themselves, 2010, 2012,2016 2020, john boehner is the most stupid clown i have ever seen , when the stimulus hits boom,the replubicans are going to be looking like a bunch of chumps. they have no ideas,they are the reason were in this problem, i got two words for the gop, george bush. blood hound is john boehner middle name , you cant defeat this president, but keep it up gop,more democrats.what a clown.

    July 2, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Johnny C (Los Angeles)

    Very good tongue-in-cheek approach ... and the gent is right, this is no laughing matter.

    Why does Nancy Pelosi's staff feel this is wrong? Probably because they need the bloodhound to help them .... her entire group is obviously a failure ... can they all resign and give back their salaries?

    This entire "Washington Soap Opera" is not inspiring confidence in their ability to do any thing more than talk, gripe and complain that we are all doomsayers.

    We are not ... we just want the help they promised and provided in a timely manner!

    Nancy and team ... here is the message ... get off the pot and do something more than dribble from your mouth.

    Johnny C. (Los Angeles)

    July 2, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. J

    Is Boehner suggesting a Jobs for Dogs program? His party built the policies responsible for the financial collapse and now he blames Obama for not cleaning it up in five months. Har Har Har Har

    July 2, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Mark

    Obamas stimulus plan created as many jobs as I expected...NONE. It's merely a way for him to push through his tax and spend policies. I doubt the Amercian people will continue to fall for his "fancy" talk.

    July 2, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    The Republicans and anti-Obamabots are the ones that are dragging their feet and holding the United States back.

    Republicans and anti-Obamabots are the ones that would see this recession continue and get worse so "they can prove their point", but for them it would be a self-fulfilling delusion.

    Republicans have taken their whining about the election and made themselves complacent to do anything to improve the economy.

    These points are self-evident.

    July 2, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Dave

    Look for jobs prior to when you and George Bush ran things. I think you'll find them there.

    July 2, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. midwest liberal

    And Mr. Boehner's ideas for getting the country back on track is what, a video with a dog? I'd rather have my tax dollars going to a stimulus package to help undo the damage of the last 8 years than a ridiculous, money-wasting video like this any day!

    July 2, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Positive in NC

    It takes some nerve. This from the party, and in many cases the actual indviduals, that:

    -oversaw the near-destruction of the American economy
    -totally disregarded the middle class in all decisions
    -who tried to block all work to help the economy with "no,no,no"
    -who tries to block any regulatory laws that would help prevent a recurrence
    – who had absolutely NO idea or plan to help with the recovery except tax cuts for the wealthy, trickle down

    I realize Americans can have short memories, but we haven't forgotten already.

    July 2, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Michael, Gallatin, TN

    If Mr. Boehner is having such a hard time finding projects and jobs funded in whole or in part by the administration's economic stimulus program, I invite him to come here to middle-Tennessee. Despite our dim-witted senators' insistence on toeing the Party of No's propaganda line, great things are being done here in the Nashville area thanks to stimulus money.

    July 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Adam from Ohio

    The stimulus has created jobs, but obviously it hasn't created enough jobs. Know why it hasn't created enough jobs? Because it was made smaller and filled up with tax cuts. Know why? One word: REPUBLICANS. So, the Republicans who demanded a smaller stimulus (or none at all) are now complaining that the stimulus has not created enough jobs. Fascinating.

    July 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Pragmatic

    Of course, too busy getting a tan, to realize that jobs reports are the last, not the first, indicators of an economic upturn. And the GOP plan is ....? That's right – trickle down + plus a comment or two about small business with no details – from the same party that wanted the auto makers to go out of business – throwing millions of people out of work.

    We should believe the republican party line because .... ???

    July 2, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. ron

    Glad to see the Republican Elite can find humor in their continued swindling of the American worker.

    July 2, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Damir

    Every single day I drive to college I see the massive highway construction going on in all summer and the mobs of people employed to do it. THANK YOU STIMULUS

    July 2, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Junius

    Hey CNN! How come you dont mention in this article any of the jobs that were created in his state by the stimulus bill. He even gave a little speech for these newly employed citizens of his state right after the stimulus bill was passed.

    July 2, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. cs

    The party of NO at it again. They have shown nothing in trying to fix their mess. Several experts on both sides have said that President Obama's Stimulus plan is the right thing to do. Boehner and the rest of his cronies are just crying because they know that they could not do any better.

    July 2, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Allan

    Westmoreland should know that the use of dogs to hunt down runaway slaves makes this a particularly nasty dog-whistle (pun intended). Tacky.

    July 2, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. John

    They need a new dog!

    Come on over to Southeastern Washington. We have lots of ARRA funded work. Employers are hiring by the hundreds.

    Just let your "bloodhound" use Google Jobs are out there!

    July 2, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Mike Ross

    Nothing like a fresh idea for a commercial. . . . from 1994. Seriously, they really believe Obamas presidency will run like a carbon copy of Clinton's. Too bad they forget Clinton won twice.

    July 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Big Ed

    I think a bloodhound would do a better job in Washington than Boehner! The hound would certainbly have a better personality!

    July 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Ted Tartaglia

    Nice picture of Boehner with the dog. Now, Boner needs to prove that his ideas are superior to the dog's. Hasn't happened yet.

    July 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. cynical in Texas

    It might have been funny if the premise wasn't stolen from a cat litter commercial. You've seen the one where the bloodhound helps the kitty find its litter box. Are there any original ideas from the Republican party besides clever new ways to ruin the lives of gays and lesbians.

    July 2, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Lemmy

    President Obama said the spending would turn the economy around. Only 6% has been used. Things are getting worse. I do not blamer Bush or Obama as some hacks do for the economy. I blame all Americans. We are a stupid lot. But, the issue here is Obama is latching onto a crisis and fear mongering to get a huge stock pile of cash to push the Pelosi/Reid agenda.

    It is a sad day when this administration starts to make the Bush admin seem honest and thrifty. Obama has expanded the wars. He has expanded faith based funding. He has continued incarcerations. He promised to be transparent and we have not seen as closed an administration as this one. He has tax increases for the middle class on the table and he is pushing for a health care scam that will cost 20-25 million people their current plan simply to cover a small base of 16 million currently uninsured.

    What is tragic about all of this is the people who would fall on their sword for Obama are the ones who will be hurt in the end. The final nail in Obamas coffin for me is his controlled media nonsense. It is a play right out of the Bush playbook. Thankfully Helen Thomas called him out on it.

    July 2, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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