WASHINGTON -- Welcome to the virtual headquarters of the "No More Red Ink" campaign – an effort to turn the debt time bomb into an opportunity to restore constitutionally limited government and save America from financial and moral bankruptcy.
My name is Joseph Farah, and I'm the founder of this effort – a campaign to stop Washington's borrowing and spending madness cold.
Maybe you're asking yourself: "Farah, are you crazy? How is America's national debt an opportunity for anything? It's simply a national crisis being ignored by everyone in Washington."
You're right and you're wrong.
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You're right that the debt, headed toward $20 trillion soon, is the crisis nearly everyone in Washington wants to ignore, sweep under the rug, hoping it doesn't blow up on their watch.
But it does represent the greatest opportunity to return America to constitutionally limited government because running up debt is simply unsustainable. Sooner or later, it will become obvious to everyone it is America's greatest crisis.
So how do we bring it home to Congress and the American people as we lead up to the 2016 presidential election? How do we make this a front-burner issue for Republican candidates, Republican members of Congress and voters throughout the country?
This campaign began with an effort to freeze the debt limit at $14.3 trillion beginning in early 2011. Since then it has generated more than 1 million letters to House Republicans – who hold all the power to freeze the debt limit and stop Barack Obama's spending and borrowing.
Instead, since then, House Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner have capitulated to Democrat and media pressure by raising the debt limit multiple times!
Obviously, 1 million letters were not enough to wake up Republican members of Congress who have all the power to freeze the debt and force government to live within its means.
So how many letters would be enough? You know that at some point, Republicans will get the message. Few of them want to lose an election. Few of them want to go home in defeat. More and more of them are realizing their leadership is betraying everything they believe in.
If it succeeds, it's not just a great victory for responsible and accountable government.
It's a great victory for the Constitution and limited government.
It would work better than a balance budget amendment. A debt freeze only needs to be approved by members of Congress. A balanced budget amendment needs approval by most states! But they would have the same effect – meaning government would be forced to live within its means.
Do you want to stop passing on debt to our children and grandchildren – money that is frittered away on useless, wasteful and unconstitutional departments, agencies and bureaucracies that benefit no one except the power brokers in Washington? The only option – the only game in town – is this "No More Red Ink" campaign. It's the only way for you to reach every single member of the House Republican caucus inexpensively, securely and with an investment of about one minute of your time.
Keep in mind, House Republicans don't need a single Democrat vote to accomplish this goal of freezing spending – now or later. Most of all, you need to remind them we are watching. We are paying attention. We understand the power they have to be either part of the solution or continue to be part of the problem.
It will take only 218 House Republican votes to stop the borrowing this year. Debt hikes require the approval of the House. Without it, no debt increase.
Just think what it will mean if, following this campaign of relentless, grass-roots lobbying, Republicans actually live up to their rhetoric about the Constitution and limited government and balanced budgets. We can have a balanced budget overnight!
We can eliminate unconstitutional and destructive bureaucracies like the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency! We can eliminate Planned Parenthood funding and obscene artwork sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts! We can eliminate the propaganda we subsidize on National Public Radio and PBS!
It will all have to go – because there just won't be enough funds to pay for it all.
There will only be enough money to pay for absolute necessities – Social Security, Defense, Border Patrol, etc.
It will mean the most radical cut in spending in American history, since we are borrowing more than $100 billion every month. Spending by Washington after a debt freeze will be limited to U.S. Treasury revenues – about $2.2 trillion by last count. You would think $2.2 trillion would go pretty far. But it's never far enough for some politicians in Washington.
Here's a two-minute visual illustration of America’s ultimate "fiscal cliff."
If you agree with what I've said so far, let me tell you about the plan to accomplish our goal of freezing the debt limit and ending all borrowing by Washington:
- The first step is to take advantage of the tool I have created that makes it quick, easy and inexpensive to send every current House Republican a red letter putting them on notice. Most of these Republican members will be back after the next election, so we can start turning up the heat on them now. Tell all your friends about the "No More Red Ink" campaign, and persuade them to participate, too. There's no other more economical or efficient way to reach all GOP House members with an urgent message than this. Trust me, I've already sent them more than 1 million letters! My goal is to make that 10 million.
- The second step is to help me solicit the signatures of every Republican member of Congress – both House and Senate – on our No-More-Borrowing Pledge. We also want to target every Republican presidential candidate and every Republican candidate for Congress in 2016. Why a pledge? Because many members of Congress previously made verbal commitments to oppose borrowing, but broke their word. It's a fact that written pledges of this kind make it much tougher to go back on your word. (Just think about the effectiveness of the "no new taxes pledge.") You're free to see an official copy of the pledge here, download it, make copies and distribute them freely. The third step is to talk this issue up every way you can. If you have a chance to bring it up at a town hall meeting with your member of Congress, do it. If you have a chance to talk this issue up on a radio show, do it. If you have a chance to ask a question at a presidential debate, do it. If you have a Facebook page or a website on which you can link this page, do it. The media won't cover this story until they are forced to cover it – until they see it's a national trend they cannot hide.
- The fourth step is enlisting the support of prominent individuals and organizations across the country to support the "No More Red Ink" campaign. We need to turn this issue into a runaway freight train this year – and ride it into responsible government in 2014.
It all starts with you. Do you still believe America can be saved through a concerted effort by concerned Americans? Are you willing to give it a try? Start right now by sending 246 red letters to the House Republicans. It only takes one minute at a cost of only $29.99 with our amazing "No More Red Ink" fulfillment tool. The impact of this joint effort has been staggering!