Pink slips spotted on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON – The long-running debate over President Obama’s plan that essentially nationalizes health care is about to spill over onto the floors of the U.S. House and Senate, with a vote expected as early as this week, and it soon will be seen whether members are listening to the millions of messages from constituents.
There’s still time, too, for more of the “pink slips” to arrive warning members of Congress they may get the real thing in the 2010 election if they don’t pay attention.
The campaign already has dispatched piles of the “pink slips” about three feet tall to the office of each senator and representative. The 4.25 million messages would pile up two and a half times as high as the Washington Monument and, if placed end to end, would reach from the District of Columbia to beyond Detroit, Mich., or Portland, Maine.
Joseph Farah, the editor and chief executive officer of WND and one of the organizers of the effort to rein in spending and Washington power grabs, says now is the time to deliver any messages before the votes start taking place.
In a column, he endorsed Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s urgent call for Americans to be at the Capitol in Washington Thursday to rally against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plans for the federal takeover of health care.
“If you absolutely can’t make it, there is an alternative way to make your voice heard quickly and efficiently and inexpensively,” he said. “It’s the ‘pink slip’ campaign I’ve been telling you about for over a month. It’s not too late to flood the Capitol with ‘pink slips’ – putting rogue members of Congress on notice that they will not be returned to office if they do this terrible thing.”
“It’s not too late to send another million by Friday, when the vote to socialize health care is scheduled to take place,” he said.
Boxed and ready to go
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 – non-existent.”
Members of both the 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.”
“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.
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., said private citizens will be the “final judge on the success or failure of the government.”
“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,” Akin said.
Earlier, Minnesota’s Bachmann, a Republican, 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,” she 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 Fed Ex.
In the first week, suppliers of paper reported the campaign had completely tapped the nation’s reserves of 8.5 x 11 inch 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 Fed Ex 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 Fed Ex.
“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 Fed Exing members of Congress yourself and see what it costs. We have learned from past experience that Fed Ex 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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