Pink slips spotted on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON – The congressional pink-slips campaign has already generated almost a three-foot-tall stack of paper in the Capitol office of each individual senator and representative, says Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND and one of the organizers of the effort to rein in spending and Washington power grabs.
But it gets better, he says.
If the 4 million pink slips were piled on each other, the stack would be two and a half times as high as the Washington Monument.
If the 4 million pink slips were placed end to end, they would reach from the District of Columbia to Detroit, Mich., or Portland, Maine.
Picture pink slips laid end to end wrapping around the Washington beltway 8.3 times – or completely covering 19 football fields or making a swath of paper 43 feet wide from the Capitol steps to the Lincoln Memorial.
That’s what has already been delivered to Congress — warnings that if the debt-inducing spending and unconstitutional power grabs continue, there will be a lot of new faces elected in 2010.
But don’t expect to read, hear or see anything about this elsewhere in the “mainstream media,” warns Farah.
“This is an unprecedented program, but the rest of the news media seems determined to downplay it – even spike any mention of it,” says Farah. “It’s just like the tea parties and the massive rally in Washington and the town-hall coverage – nonexistent.”
Members of both House and Senate are going on the record to commend WND for its dramatic “pink slips” campaign notifying members of Congress that they will be permanently “pink-slipped” in 2010 if they vote for bigger and more intrusive government.
“We’ve already received thousands of pink slips in our office, and I think this is a good wake-up call for Congress,” said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., the latest member of Congress to weigh in. “I’m encouraged that Americans across the country are standing up and speaking out for constitutional, limited government. Congress needs to get the message loud and clear: stop the spending, stop the takeovers and stand up for our freedoms.”
The total number of “pink slips” shipped to members of Congress telling them their bosses don’t want government control of health care, energy or speech is more than 4 million.
“This is causing quite a stir in Congress – and we’re just getting started,” said Faith2Action President Janet Porter, who came up with the idea. “It’s unprecedented and has captured the attention of even those who haven’t been listening to the town halls and tea parties. They are starting to trip over boxes with personalized messages they can no longer ignore!”
The program already has also earned the endorsement of members of the House, who are being told that they need to listen to what the voters want.
“Ultimately it is the private citizen who is the final judge on the success or failure of the government,” said Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.
“The ‘pink-slip campaign’ serves as a good reminder of the unavoidable fact that every member of Congress answers to their constituents and that they ignore their voices at their own peril.”
Piles of pink slips headed to Congress
Earlier, a Minnesota congresswoman had offered her support for the program.
“The pink-slips program is a great way to get the attention of members who have forgotten they will have to answer to the people next year on out-of-control spending and Washington power grabs,” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said. “I support it! And I want my constituents to know I hear them loud and clear.”
WND launched a program about four weeks ago allowing Americans to send individually addressed “pink slips” to every member of Congress for a price of just $29.95.
The program is to advise members of the U.S. House and Senate that they could be facing a “pink slip” as early as 2010 if they vote for more spending, socialized medicine, cap-and-trade legislation and a hate-crimes measure.
“I believe this campaign, already tremendously successful beyond my wildest expectations, can have a real impact on politicians whose first priority is getting re-elected,” says Farah. “I think this might be our last chance to give congressional Democrats something to think about before they destroy the country. It might be our last, best hope of stopping the madness.”
The effort clearly reveals, says Farah, “that Americans are mobilized to take action to stop Washington’s plans for bigger, more expensive and more intrusive government.”
WND announced the “Send Congress a Pink Slip” campaign with a stated goal of 5 million notices, individually addressed, personalized with sender’s name and address and delivered to all members of Congress by FedEx.
In the first week, suppliers of paper reported the campaign had completely tapped the nation’s reserves of 8.5-by-11 pink paper. As the last full pallet of pink paper was delivered to the printer, new supplies had to be ordered and manufactured.
“It’s our version of a stimulus program,” said Farah.
The “Send Congress a Pink Slip” campaign ensures that a brief but poignant message will be delivered by FedEx to all 535 members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate – all for a remarkably low price based on economies of scale.
The cost of each message translates to 6 cents per message – individually addressed for both the recipient and the sender and shipped by FedEx.
“We encourage citizens to take individual actions,” said Farah. “But when we act as a group, it’s more cost-effective and the results more dramatic. Just try FedExing members of Congress yourself and see what it costs. We have learned from past experience that FedEx actually ensures delivery to members. What they do with them at that point is their choice.”
“I believe this is already the most successful grass-roots effort in history,” said Porter. “After all the town halls and tea parties and the massive demonstration in Washington, Congress still hasn’t gotten the message. Now it’s time to show them just how serious we are with a message aimed at what they most care about – getting re-elected.”
The “pink slip” officials are getting is a warning that they work for the taxpayers. It lists four key issues that are deemed unacceptable to participants.
- government health care
- cap and trade
- “hate crimes”
- any more spending
“If you vote for any of these, your real pink slip will be issued in the next election,” it warns.
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