WASHINGTON – Talk about grass-roots support!
Voters across the nation and representing every state have joined together to generate the 8 million pink slips in a special campaign that warns members of the U.S. House and Senate they will be facing a one-way trip home on election day if they support big government.
Thirteen percent of the slips have even come from that bastion of progressives, California, but every state is represented in the group reaching that total.
The program passed 8 million pink slips dispatched to members of Congress just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
If you stacked the pink slips Congress has received warning members away from support of the health-care bill, big spending, hate-crimes legislation and energy taxes, the pile would be half a mile (nearly 2,700 feet) tall and tower over the tallest buildings in the world.
The pink slips, if stacked would be taller than any existing building on earth
Laying them end to end would result in a trail that would extend over nearly two-thirds of the American continent from East to West, from Washington west into the foothills of the Rockies.
And there’s no sign the “Send Congress a Pink Slip” is tailing off after two months.
The program has generated major levels of support from every state, with usually liberal California leading the way with efforts that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of pink slips – 13 percent of the total. Texas is second with an effort that has generated 11 percent of the total.
Tens of thousands have been delivered from voters in Alaska and Wyoming, even though they individually account for only a fraction of 1 percent of the total.
The support for the program seemed to follow no ideological divisions. Arizona, home to the GOP presidential candidate in 2008, Sen. John McCain, generated about 3 percent, roughly the same as Colorado, with its state offices and congressional posts dominated heavily by Democrats.
Florida was at about 7 percent and Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington, each with significant levels of Democrat advocacy, were in the race with some 3 percent of the total. Wisconsin also turned in a total of about 3 percent.
Joseph Farah, the WND founder and CEO who organized the campaign with WND columnist Janet Porter, says the campaign has been picking up since a half-dozen members of Congress held a press conference last week to announce their support of the effort – an event that was covered widely by television and print reporters.
Last week, Reps. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Steve King, R-Iowa, Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, held a press conference with Farah and Porter outside the Capitol. They praised the program and said it is having results – changing the minds of some members who were backing House and Senate leadership initiatives and bolstering the conviction of those who oppose them.
“It’s an amazing feat, to get that many slips to Congress,” Rep. Steven King, R-Iowa, told WND. “If you look through them, you can index each one back to an individual. That’s powerful. There is a person behind each one of the slips.”
In addition, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., was interviewed about the campaign by Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren.
“This is putting everyone on notice,” he said. “And I think this is what the American people have been doing for months now, saying if you keep spending and borrowing, you’re going to get fired.”
Reps. Tom Price, R-Ga., and Todd Akin, R-Mo., have also vocally supported the campaign.
“They’re talking about it, but they’re only talking about it behind closed doors and in the elevators as they go up and down and in very whispered tones,” said Price. “Because, what you hear are people saying, ‘How many of those did you get or how many people came to your office today? And what are you going to do and how are you going to vote on this?’”
Akin said: “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.”
The program was launched by WND to allow Americans to send pink slips to every member of Congress for a price of just $29.95. It warns 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.
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.
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 – 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.”
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