WASHINGTON – As more than 3 million "pink slips" descend on the Capitol, members of Congress are commending the program warning of overspending and federal power grabs as a "great way to get the attention of members who have forgotten they will have to answer to the people next year."
WND launched a program three weeks ago allowing Americans to send individually addressed "pink slips" to every member of Congress for a price of just $29.95. So far, nearly 3.5 million have been ordered, with about half already on their way to the Capitol.
Many of the "pink slips" just arrived this week, after being delayed for delivery by Capitol mailroom authorities because of the sheer volume. But they are now making their way to individual offices of every senator and representative.
"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," said Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., yesterday. "I support it! And I want my constituents to know I hear them loud and clear."
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.
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Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, says the message should be clear enough for members of Congress.
"Imagine the impact it can have on members of Congress – House and Senate – when they begin getting 1,000 or more 'pink slips' warning them away from more spending, more power grabs and more infringements on individual rights," says Farah. "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."
Piles of pink slips headed to Congress
"I think this might be our last chance to give congressional Democrats something to think about before they destroy the country," said Farah. "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."
The "pink slips" specifically warn that senders will oppose in the next election any member of Congress who votes for more spending, intrusive legislation that restricts personal freedom and more big government programs.
Shipments of boxed pink slips heading to members of the U.S. Senate and House
WND announced the "Send Congress a Pink Slip" campaign two weeks ago 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.
Pink slips boxed and stacked for delivery to members of Congress
In the first week, suppliers of paper reported the campaign had completely tapped the nation's supply 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 powerful American Family Association also has agreed to support the campaign by publicizing it to millions of its activist members.
"It's our version of a stimulus program," said Farah.
The idea was conceived by Janet Porter, head of Faith2Action and a WND weekly columnist.
"We set a goal of 5 million pink slips to members of Congress," she said. "It looks like we were too conservative in our projections. We will likely surpass that goal. I'm sure this has never been done before – and we're just getting started. This is unprecedented. It's a new record for getting the attention of Congress in such a short span of time."
Porter said the highest priority of members of Congress is re-election. The campaign is designed to put them on notice their hopes of staying in Washington are fading fast.
"There is a revolution brewing across this country," she said. "People are angry about losing their country and they are ready for action. This campaign is just the latest evidence."
Pink slips boxed and loaded onto trucks for delivery to members of Congress
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."
The program is based on several other successful programs of the past, including one last summer that delivered 705,000 letters to senators protesting a "hate crimes" bill dubbed by critics as "the Pedophile Protection Act."
"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.
The program permits participants to Fed Ex 535 individually addressed messages to members of Congress, each one with the name and address of the sender for a total price of $29.95.
"This is a program that only works with massive numbers of participants that bring paper and printing and shipping costs way down," explains Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, which has conducted similar programs in the past – this one being the largest and most ambitious.
Farah and Porter say the campaign will continue indefinitely.
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