(Keep Calling)

According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Senate will likely vote today on the so-called “stimulus” plan, now known to have a price tag of more than $920 billion.

CALL YOUR SENATORS!! Implore them to do the right thing today.

Again, like with the vote in the House, don’t depend upon your neighbors to call, and don’t depend upon me to call (I’ve been trying!). It doesn’t take much time. The Senate directory is HERE. Find your guy or girl and ask them to keep the will of the people in mind.

Also like with the House vote, again, I don’t do this type of big-print posting often. But this one, like the House vote before it, is simply too important to not do so.

Over the past few days, I’ve heard from some new friends on Capitol Hill–mostly low-level workers and staffers in several offices spread across the House and Senate–that the phone calls do indeed make a difference. One press secretary told me that, yes, the people answering the phone may sound a little exasperated, but the constant traffic does weigh in on many of our elected officials.

I’ve been trying to call Sen. Specter’s office today, for example, but the phone has been busy for hours. Let’s hope the traffic works in his case.

Regardless, call your senators — Democrat or Republican. Let them know that their re-election is in their own hands today.

– Jeff



  1. Lilly says:
  2. Anonymous says:

    All these Senators care about is getting re-elected, not the country.

    Damn those republican traitors!

    The collapse of this country will be on their shoulders!

  3. bullmoosegal says:

    Here’s the link to look up all Senators by state, name or district.

  4. bullmoosegal says:

    Here’s the link to contact all Senators:

  5. Anonymous says:

    If this goes through Jeff, can we organize a march on Washington to get it repealed. The country needs to see how the “people” feel!


  6. Anonymous says:

    I emailed each of the 4 besides my Senator again, and told them to vote NO.

  7. tm says:


    Collins (202) 224-2523
    Snowe (202) 224-5344

    Have been targeted by and the unions to pressure them to vote for this. Their phone calls have been running about 50/50 pro/against as of yesterday morning.

  8. imaso says:

    I called/wrote Jim Webb and Mark Warner and asked them to vote AYE.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Mad as a wet hen! I called my two Republican Senators who hadn’t yet formulated a decision. Huhhhh???? And one of those was Chambliss. He only one his run-off thanks to Sarah Palin. If he votes for this, his goose is cooked!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Did this as soon as I got up this a.m. Then called locally. Idaho says NO by both. Told them they better hold firm or I would vote against them. So we’ll see. They are knowing me by name now! I’ve been on this since the first bailout. We’ve only had two call in with yes so they told me. Keep calling folks. Keep the pressure on till they are tired of us!
    Thanks, Jeff! Keep up the good work!


  11. Seeks Truth says:

    Justice Candidate a Threat
    to Parental Rights

    Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

    David Ogden has been nominated by President Barrack Obama to the position of deputy attorney general of the United States, the second highest position in the Justice Department. His hearings are scheduled for today, February 5, 2009.

    Contact your senators now >>
    Note: It would be best to call the local offices of your senators in your state, as phone lines on Capitol Hill are tied up by voters concerned about pending economic incentive legislation.

    Home School Legal Defense Association urges all of its members to immediately telephone both U.S. senators from your state to oppose the nomination of David Ogden.

    The most important reason to oppose Ogden’s nomination is his belief that the rules found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are already binding on the United States under the doctrines of international law.

    In the Supreme Court case of Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005), Ogden argued in a brief that the rules banning the juvenile death penalty contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child were customary norms of international law “binding on all states.”

    For background information on this doctrine, see Michael Farris’ article, “A Deeper Understanding of the Threat of International Law” in the November/December 2007 Home School Court Report.

    This means that Ogden believes that the legal rules contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are already binding on the United States, even though this treaty has never been sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification.

    Homeschoolers have long understood the dangers of this international treaty, which contains the core principle that the government may decide what it believes is best for each child without any proof of wrongdoing by the child’s parents. Ogden promoted the use of this UN treaty in the Supreme Court to reach the conclusion that America’s courts have the power to overrule state law, using international law as their guidepost for constitutional interpretation. Unfortunately, he was successful in doing so in the Roper case.

    It also means that Ogden is a proven advocate for the position that international law should be used to interpret the Constitution of the United States and bind the decisions of our elected officials.

    If this weren’t enough, Ogden has a history of representing Playboy and other purveyors of pornography in high-profile legal cases. He also challenged the legality of using filters on library computers to protect children from seeing pornography. It would be hard to imagine how Ogden would faithfully enforce the nation’s pornography laws if he is placed in this position at the Justice Department.

    The United States Senate needs to understand right now that the American public will not countenance the idea of the nation being led by people who believe that international law trumps American law.

    Please call both of your U.S. Senators today to register your opposition to David Ogden.


    Michael P. Farris
    HSLDA Chairman

  12. cher-pa says:

    After 5 hours of nonstop calling Senator Specters office,I was told by voice message his mailbox was full.I guess its time to fill up his e-mail.If we keep the pressure on he just might listen.

  13. Anonymous says:

    from TurnRight

    imaso – why would you do that? Don’t you want to make it easy for Barry to use his scalpel in keeping his grand promise to cut the pork out? Help us help Barry keep his blood promise to us. Come on man, we need you.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Well, I made the appropriate contact and at least tried. This is all very discouraging, frankly. Now is the time for our elected officials to stand up and create solutions to the economic problems before they become much worse. But what do they do? Take advantage of the situation (or exaggerate it with threats of an immediate catastrophe, as Obama put it) in order to ram through their pet projects and their payoffs to unions and other supporters. And now I learn that some Republican senators are on the verge of flipping (Bought off? Threatened?).

    It is all beyond disgusting.


  15. tm says:


  16. Anonymous says:

    I’m sitting here watching Obama bloviate at the Democratic house conference, and I’m sick. I’m an old man and I probably won’t live to see the full results of this past election, but my children, grandchildren, and, yes, great-grandchild due in June, will, and I have great foreboding.

    What madness has overtaken the American public that has allowed such an administration to take power? All of us who hold dear the Judeo/Christian values – those values imbedded in our Constitution – are being totally disenfranchised, and something MUST be done about it.

    But what? Who will listen? Who will fight to restore our country to it’s original course of greatness? Who will lead us in the inevitable revolution against the forces that would re-make America into a Godless, socialistic, dictatorship of endless one-party rule?

    I pray that someone will rise to the occassion.

  17. JasonZ says:

    Dear Anonymous (posted Feb 5, 8.53 pm):

    I don’t know who will rise to the occasion, but I have faith in the American people that out of 300+ million people, we will find someone with the desire, skill, and integrity to do the job. Our task right now is much more tactical and short-term: limit the damage that BHO and the Dem leadership in Congress can do, until we can get them out of office and out of any possible positions of influence …

    Keep up the good fight!!



  18. Seeks Truth says:

    Lindsay Graham and Barbara Boxer spar. I didn’t know he had that in him.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I’d love to be able to call my Senators and ask them to do the right thing. But they are Feinstein and Boxer and NEVER do the right thing.

  20. JasonZ says:

    Hi “Seeks Truth Says” and others:

    In case you’re not very good putting together short, direct letter, I have sent these two letters (one on the Stimulus Bill; one on David Ogden) to Senators Specter and Casey (my 2 senators) and also to Senators Collins, Snowe, Voincovich … feel free to use, modify, etc.

    On David Ogden:
    Dear Senator Spector:

    I am writing to you regarding the nomination of David Ogden to be deputy Attorney General of the United States. I am writing to ask you, as one of my Congressional representatives, to vote AGAINST this nomination.

    Mr. Ogden, in public statements and in his statements in Roper vs. Simmons [513 U.S. 551 (2005)] stated that it was his belief that US law would be subordinate to, and over-ruled by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, as customary noms of international law, binding on all states.

    I object to his statement on two grounds. First, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was never presented to, or ratified by, the United States Senate. As such, it should have no effect on US law. Second, I believe that while US practice may be made concordant with interational laws and conventions, I do not believe that any body other than the U.S. Congress has the right to create the law of the United States.

    Given his willingness to automatically defer to international statements of intent, even when they are not law and have not been ratified by the US Senate, I do not believe he is qualified to hold the second highest position in the Attorney General’s office.

    Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Please know that I and many others are grateful for your efforts on our behalf and will watch with great interest how you represent our views.


    On the Economic Stimulus Bill:
    Dear Senator Specter:

    I am certain you are receiving volumes of mail as the Senate takes up the American Recovery and Stimulation Act of 2009 (H.R. 1; “The Economic Stimulus Act”). I am writing to ask you, as one of my Congressional representatives, to vote AGAINST this bill.

    While I have many reasons for opposing this legislation, I will only mention what I consider the most important reason: the amount of money is this bill that would truly represent useful expenditures to create American recovery and economic stimulation is pitifully small, approximately 10% by estimates of the Wall Street Journal and others. The bulk of this bill will have either no benefit for the American economy or have a negative impact.

    It might be possible to amend and rewrite this bill to remove the negative aspects and enhance the positive aspects; however, this would require so much effort that I believe it would be easier to simply vote this bill down and start over.

    Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Please know that I and many others are grateful for your efforts on our behalf and will watch with great interest how you represent our views.


    I couldn’t get through by phone, so I used their email system instead … it will get there as fast.

  21. Gail B says:

    Anonymous at 8:53 p.m.

    “What madness has overtaken the American public that has allowed such an administration to take power?”

    Sir, it’s called greed, control, and power–the madness that has overtaken the American public. People have not learned that there are no free lunches and that, if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably not true. The President, although a Constitutional scholar, has sworn to whom now only God knows, to uphold said Constitution; yet this two-faced, conniving demon in the Oval Office would sell us out, strip us of our livelihood and homes, all for the sake of paying back his corrupt cronies.

    My prayer is that we have enough self-governing principles still in place after four years (unless the SCOTUS wakes up to what’s happening before then) to vote him not only out of office, but to deport him to wherever his vault copy states he came from.

    He has been in office for less than a month, and the country is in an absolute uproar over what he’s doing, yet the Democrats keep swooning over him. Maybe, when the money stops coming from China, the people will understand that they pulled the wrong lever after all.

    I’m going to bed, otherwise, I would grouse all night about this mess.

    God, please bless America. Please protect and defend her from becoming a third-world country. Amen.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Have faith in God’s will.

    Have you considered yet that this might be the only way to clean our capital?

    Once the truth comes out and everything is reversed where will all these “bad choices” have left to go. Their places will have been taken, and that part doesn’t get reversed.

  23. Annette says:

    I called senators Specter and Casey today, several times, and have been calling them every day. They always ask for my zip code, so I guess they are in fact noting my callsa down somewhere!

  24. Anonymous says:

    We’re praying, grandpa and soon to be great-grandpa.

    There are many of us who are doing everything we can to stop the fraudulent, deceitful and powerful.

    We must do it through the various patriot groups that have sprung up over the last few years and recent months.

    We’re with you grandpa. We will return to a Constitutional Republic.

  25. thunderprince says:

    I understand that Obama is not releasing the Cole bombing mastermind terrorist suspect, just withdrawing the charges at this time. He can be re-charged at a later date when Obama comes to his senses!

    Heaven help us for the mess that we are in — keep saying your prayers – we will be heard!!!!

  26. Gail B says:

    I don’t understand why GA Senator Isakson didn’t introduce his proposal about last year’s tax credit for purchasing a home as a separate bill instead of including it in the Stimulus.

  27. Anonymous says:

    There’s an old saying in carpentry that applies very well to the situation regarding the stimulus package…” MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE”.

    Why not spend half now- like in McCain’s proposal to the package- and add later as needed, rather than just throwing a bunch of crap at the problem to see what will work?

  28. Hope for a Change of course says:

    Passing this along from another post;

    For you guys who have a fax machine, it will keep trying until it goes through – as they say, set it and forget it! Here are some fax numbers I was able to find for you on the internet.

    FYI: Elections to the Senate will be held on November 2, 2010, with at least 36 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested!

    Fax message:
    We are all watching how you vote on the stimulus package and will keep it in mind during the next election. DO NOT WASTE TAXPAYER MONEY!!! VOTE “NO” on H.R. 1 “The Economic Stimulus Act”.

    Here is a list I found on the web, sorry there are no dashes, put your glasses on:
    Formatted Fax List
    12022243416,Sen. Richard Shelby
    12022243149,Sen. Jeff Sessions
    12022242354,Sen. Ted Stevens
    12022245301,Sen. Lisa Murkowski
    12022242207,Sen. Jon Kyl
    12022282862,Sen. John McCain
    12022281371,Sen. Blanch Lincoln
    12022280908,Sen. Mark Pryor
    12022282382,Sen. Barbara Boxer
    12022283954,Sen. Dianne Feinstein
    12022246471,Sen. Wayne Allard
    12022285036,Sen. Ken Salazar
    12022241083,Sen. Christopher Dodd
    12022249750,Sen. Joeseph Lieberman
    12022240139,Sen. Joseph Biden
    12022282190,Sen. Thomas Carper
    12022282183,Sen. Bill Nelson
    12022285171,Sen. Mel Martinez
    12022240103,Sen. Saxby Chambliss
    12022280724,Sen. J. Isakson
    12022242126,Sen. Daniel Akaka
    12022246747,Sen. Daniel Inouye
    12022281067,Sen. Larry Craig
    12022281375,Sen. Michael Crapo
    12022280400,Sen. Dick Durbin
    12022285417,Sen. Barack Obama
    12022281377,Sen. Evan Bayh
    12022280360,Sen. Richard Lugar
    12022246020,Sen. Charles Grassley
    12022249369,Sen. Tom Harkin
    12022281265,Sen. Sam Brownback
    12022243514,Sen. Pat Roberts
    12022281373,Sen. Jim Bunning
    12022242499,Sen. Mitch McConnell
    12022249735,Sen. Mary Landrieu
    12022285061,Sen. David Vitter
    12022242693,Sen. Susan Collins
    12022241946,Sen. Olympia Snowe
    12022248858,Sen. Barbara Mikulski
    12022241651,Sen. Ben Cardin
    12022242417,Sen. Edward Kennedy
    12022248525,Sen. John Kerry
    12022280325,Sen. Debbie Stabenow
    12022241388,Sen. Carl Levin
    12022241152,Sen. Norm Coleman
    12022282186,Sen. Amy Klobuchar
    12022249450,Sen. Thad Cochran
    12022242262,Sen. Roger Wicker
    12022248149,Sen. Christopher Bond
    12022286326,Sen. Claire McCaskill
    12022244700,Sen. Max Baucus
    12022248594,Sen. John Tester
    12022245213,Sen. Chuck Hagel
    12022280012,Sen. Ben Nelson
    12022282193,Sen. John Ensign
    12022247327,Sen. Harry Reid
    12022244952,Sen. Judd Gregg
    12022284131,Sen. John Sununu
    12022282197,Sen. Robert Menendez
    12022284054,Sen. Frank Lautenberg
    12022242852,Sen. Jeff Bingaman
    12022283261,Sen. Pete Domenici
    12022280282,Sen. Hillary Clinton
    12022283027,Sen. Charles Schumer
    12022241100,Sen. Elizabeth Dole
    12022282981,Sen. Richard Burr
    12022247776,Sen. Kent Conrad
    12022241193,Sen. Byron Dorgan
    12022280514,Sen. Maria Cantwell
    12022255893,Sen. Patty Murray

  29. tm says:

    Call Capitol Hill Switchboard TOLL FREE:

    1-877 851-6437

    1-800 828-0498

    1-866 340-9281

    1-866 338-1015

    1-866 220-0044

    From Michelle
    …If you make just one call, make it Specter’s office. I’m told that he is the ringleader making this happen…Give him hell…

    Republican Sen. Arlen Specter told Fox this morning that a “bipartisan” group is conspiring right now to make token cuts to the bill and push a compromise through.

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