Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity and Senator Jim Demint (R-SC) gave a great conference call Town Hall meeting last night. Approximately 11,000 concerned Americans called in. Both Mr. Phillips and Senator Demint gave short introductions, and then took questions from the callers. Senator Demint answered the questions while running back into the Senate chamber every so often to vote, or introduce an amendment to strip the pork out. This was an amazing, and encouraging example of fiscal conservative activism, and an inspiring leader.
Senator Demint made it clear that his first goal was to defeat the legislation. However, realizing that with the help of some shaky Republicans like Senator Snowe from Maine, the legislation may pass. Consequently, he is doing everything he can to minimize the damage that will be done by this bill. When a caller asked the Senator if the economy was as bad as the news made it out to be, and did we really need a stimulus, he replied clearly that it would be better to do nothing than pass this bill. This bill will add $10,000 of new debt to every family in America. We just can't afford that.
You can learn more about the bill at http://nostimulus.com While you are there, please sign the petition expressing your opposition to this bill. This petition will be delivered to the floor of the Senate before the vote, which is expected Friday. There are also buttons there for you to call media, and email elected officials. Make no mistake, as Americans learn more about this plan, the support drops every day. One recent poll has it at 30%. Senators up for re-election may choke and not vote for this if we can show enough opposition.
You can also go to http://www.jimdemint.com and express support for a jobs plan that ensures that businesses will be profitable, and therefore hiring... and ensures that people will spend... all by reducing taxes and leaving the money where it will do the most good. After all, it doesn't cost anything to not take money.
Did you know that we have achieved a level of indebtedness that makes China think twice before lending us money? They are losing confidence in our ability to pay our debts. What if this spending package doesn't work? At some point, the tap gets turned off. We need real solutions that rely on creativity and free enterprise that are sustainable and permanent. Our current level of debt is so high that if we were to apply to the European Union for membership, we would be denied as a debtor nation. They have standards. I'm embarrassed.
Americans for Prosperity and Senator Demint are doing everything that I hoped a Republican grassroots coalition would do. Let's make it work. Please commit a little time to do the following. It's important, and just might make the difference.
1 - Go to http://nostimulus.com and at least sign the petition. If you have time, use the tools there to send an email to an elected official. We don’t have time for letters to the editor, we need fast impact.
2 - This one is critical. Call 202-224-3121. When the Capitol switchboard answers, ask for your Senator. Tell them that you want them to vote against this spending plan. If you have time, call someone else's Senator as well.
3 - Ask someone else to make the same call.
4 - Go to http://www.jimdemint.com and give him a quick thank you for his efforts. Check out his one page, zero cost stimulus package:
Please, make the phone call in item 3. If we can jam the switchboard, the main stream media, heck even MSNBC will report it and then maybe they'll blink, and not pass the package. Call 202-224-3121, ask for the Senator of your choice, and express your outrage.
Tonight was a very good night to be a Conservative activist.
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Steve Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org , 603-826-5996