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. Confused in Neb.

    I'm not a Repub or a Dem what needs to happen is Congress and the Senate needs to stop all this bickering and ACTUALLY do something. I see blogs blaiming Bush and the Repubs for our troubles??? HELLO its a GLOBAL slowdown Bush did'nt have anything to do with the Ecomomy in the rest of the world, granted what he did in the US did not do anything to help but quit blaiming and get involved. Next election vote them out, thats the only way to get REAL CHANGE.

    I'm here in middle america and don't see any new jobs. Banks still are not lending cash, we had two people get laid off this week. The only real change I'm seeing is the pennys in my couch cusions.

    I understand why some states are not taking the stimulus $$ what happens in a year from now when the cash is gone and the Gov't won't give any more the Teachers and Police, Peloisi is talking about will get laid off and the hiway repairs will stop.

    July 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. frank, NC

    I am tired of this idiot constantly playing politics instead of helping the country.

    July 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Liberal4Obama

    Nice going Senator comparing the American people to dogs, it doesnt get anymore out of touch and elitist than that.

    July 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Anny

    Depressing isn't it that the GOP is still trying to discredit the stimulus bill......they will continue this every week, they have no ideas, no positive opinions, they have nothing but to run everything the President does and says into the ground day after day.......their chance at running the country the last 4 years turned our economy and the housing industry, finacial industry, auto industry into the disaster that they are in now and NOW they want to blame everything on the President........the ones that need to lose their jobs is the Republicans in the House and Senate and every political office in this country........

    July 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Vince

    The economy was beginning a downward spiral long before Obama came into office. The worse you can pin on him is that perhaps what he's trying to do to fix things isn't working...yet. What are the Republicans alternative plans? How will they solve it?

    They are hoping for failure. But, careful what you wish. First of all, Obama still has the better part of 4 years to turn things around (not counting mid-term Congressional elections, of course). If he succeeds, he's a shoe in for another term. If he fails to do so, surly Republicans are likely to take back the White House. But CAREFUL! This country will be just as impatient if things don't turn around quickly under their watch! And remember, you can't use the "well, we inherited this mess" any longer than you let Obama use it. And you can't complain when the Democrats fight against you every step of the way (though, hopefully they would put country first). Then this cycle of obstructionism and sabotage will continue and our country will continue to spiral down....unless someone on one side or another steps up. I hope everybody takes this opportunity to learn Chinese.

    July 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. LuAnn & Wayne Houle

    Boner is an idiot and I'm real tired of the party of no.

    July 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. therealmarie

    What runaway slave is he hunting. This subliminal ad is too cute by two. And of course Corporate News Network will take it's direction and run with it. Wolfe Blitzer aka' Republican Pom Pom Boy' will promote this in his 3hr. waste of time show. CNN has become God Awful.

    July 2, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Tatianna

    I will applaud Obama when the stimulus helps the 31 firefighters who lost their jobs in New Bedford, Mass. Dems policies are hurting instead of helping Americans.

    July 2, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. John

    It Takes Days or Months to Build a House.

    It Takes Just Minutes to Lite a Fire and Burn / Destroy a House.

    It Again Takes Days or Months to Re-Build a Destroyed House.


    Bush Destroyed our Economy in 8 Years.

    How do you Guys Expect Obama or Any Magician on Earth to Re-Build the Economy in Days or Months?


    July 2, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. lenora

    The bloodhounds can't find the GOP platform either!

    July 2, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Ted

    Considering it was the GOP that crashed the economy and started all this mess I find it pathetic that they are now rooting against a recovery. Party before county, the new GOP motto. Do they really think anyone (other than their hard core party dupes) will believe that spending 700 billion will NOT produce jobs? Stick to attacking the deficit spending GOP, at least you have some reality then.

    July 2, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Bob in Pa

    When you're right, you're right !
    Our Scholl district is planning of getting rid of 20 elementary teaching positions even though enrollment will slightly increase next year.

    I also drive through three large road construction projects on my way to work. Each brand new this year and none are attributed to the stimulus.

    The bill was an incredible waste of time and money that hasn't even been distributed yet.

    July 2, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. K. in Miami

    This is absolutely incredible....

    The very people responsible for the state of the economy making fun of the effort to fix it......Typical Republican Hypocrites.....!

    That blood hound should've been used to find WMD's in Iraq, an unjust war that's costing American BILLIONS of DOLLARS....And almost 5000 lives as well....

    Republicans have a played a large part in the state of this economy!

    July 2, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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