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Susan Dale

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One Family's Fight To Save The Savings Bond Program

We are asking for your help.

As a mother you can understand when your daughter asks you to work on a project that she believes can help people, you try to make her dreams come true. Three weeks after 9/11 my daughter wanted to help people, so I showed her the picture of my mother 58 years ago promoting War bonds on the front cover of Popular Photography, July issue 1944. Her eyes brightened and she said, " Mommy that is what I am going to do."

On December 11,2001, the U.S. Treasury issued the New War bonds called the Patriot Bonds. Anastasia is one month and one day different in age than my mother was on the cover. We realized that history was going to repeat in our family and God gave my daughters birthday to us for a reason. We never imagined that it would be such a struggle and cost as much money. We have spent over $12,000 to date and I am presently working three jobs to help fund this project. We even offered our image to the U.S. Treasury for free and they declined our offer. They were not going to promote The Patriot Bonds. I thought this was a bit strange... what a better time than now to educate people about the savings bond program!

Starting Oct 1, 2003, there will no longer be a marketing department for the savings bond program. You can see the enclosed letter from the U.S. Treasury that it states, they will only be promoting the savings bond program primarily through their web site. When selling a product you have to educate new customers to go to the web site if you want to sell your item.

They also stated that they will no longer be promoting the savings bond through Public Service advertisements and volunteer committees, both of these are FREE. The current Treasury cost model shows that for every $1 billion borrowed throughout Series EE (Patriot Bonds) and Series I saving Bonds, $17 million is saved in comparison to costs associated with marketable securities. President Bush is asking congress to approve an $80 billion dollar proposal to support the War Against Terror, and if we did, it should be the common American investing in The Savings Bond program, thus saving the Americans $1,204,000,000.00.

Congressman Istook of Oklahoma, the chairman of the Treasury appropriations committee has stated, "The Saving bond program is old fashioned and out of date." Before 9/11, patriotism was old fashioned and out of date. I believe it is time to educate Americans' about investing in America. The Government needs to borrow money the most cost effective way and that is through the Savings Bond program. Mr. Istook writes that " Savings bonds accounted for 26% of the Public debt immediately following WW II." That percentage gradually fell to around eight percent two decades ago and has continued its downward trend to just three percent today." I believe without the marketing department the percent will drop even more.

I have come across Americans that have told me their financial advisors have told them in past years to sell their Saving Bonds and invest the money in the stock market. You can make higher interest. One woman did just that and lost all of her money in the stock market. Yes, the interest on saving bonds is not high but it is secure.

By eliminating a national volunteer network and committee that aids immeasurably in the promotion of savings bonds as a patriotic program that contributes to the nation's financial security, the marketing of the bonds is not possible.

Is the U.S. Treasury going to stop my six year old daughter from showing her patriotism through the savings bond program?  If so they will take her patriotism and all of Americas' patriotism away.

Six year old Anastasia and her family (The Freedom Girls) are asking for your help to tell our story in support of the savings bond program and to continue to support our troops and country.

Susan Dale
The Freedom Girls
Copyright 2003

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