U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., at a Washington “pink slips” news conference
WASHINGTON – With more members of Congress extolling it and the news media reporting on it, the “Send Congress a pink slip” campaign, organized by WND columnist Janet Porter and WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah, experienced its biggest day ever with another half-million notices sent.
Yesterday, four members of the House of Representatives hailed the program in a Capitol news conference, saying it is getting the attention of members on both sides of the aisle.
“It’s an amazing feat, to get that many slips to Congress,” Rep. Steven King, R-Iowa, one of the four members at the press conference, 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.”
King was joined at the press conference by Reps. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and Louis Gohmert, R-Texas.
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.”
“Our goal from the beginning was to generate 5 million of these notices,” said Farah. “But it now appears we might just be getting started.”
Bachmann cheered the program on, saying she agrees with the campaign and that it is having a major impact on her colleagues. She said she was surprised that so many pink slips were generated even though most Americans had never heard of the program.
Stack of ‘pink slips’ compared to world’s tallest structures
She said it’s clear the message – delivered through a stack of “pink slips” now standing approximately five feet high in congressional offices – is getting through.
The “pink slips” remind members of Congress they actually work for the taxpayers and list four governmental plans that are unacceptable:
- government health care
- cap and trade
- “hate crimes”
- any more uncontrolled spending
“If you vote for any of these, your real pink slip will be issued in the next election,” it warns.
The program already has been the talk of Congress, albeit not always on the floor of the House or Senate.
“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,” Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has said. “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?'”
DeMint told Porter on a recent radio show that some of the bills now pending in Congress already would have been law had it not been for the “pink slips” appearing in inboxes daily.
The notices, if stacked vertically, would be approximately three times as tall as the Washington Monument and surpass the Sears Tower in Chicago. Put end-to-end they would stretch from the Sears Tower to Washington, D.C.
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., earlier 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pink slips spotted on Capitol Hill
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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