Rub Out the Debt!
Mr. Penny demonstrates the Power of Choice in action in local author Lucile McConnell’s new book, Mr. Penny and the Dragon of Domeville: The Story of Us. She proclaims 2013 “The Year of the Citizen” to launch her new book. McConnell wrote the allegorical tale of Mr. Penny to heighten citizen awareness of a federal statue Public Law 87-58 (P.L. 87- 58), signed by President Kennedy in 1961 “to empower all citizens to participate in the great undertaking of retiring America’s National Debt.” “Mr. Penny’s mission is to rally citizens of all ages to come together and voluntarily retire America’s National Debt,” says McConnell. “Citizens have the power now to care for one the biggest problems facing America – our National Debt…they just need to know about it!” McConnell will be on hand at Therapeutic Kneads with Mr. Penny to sign copies of Mr. Penny and the Dragon of Domeville. McConnell will donate all proceeds from the sale of Mr. Penny’s story to retire the National Debt. “This is the little book that could,” says McConnell.
There is a precedent for McConnell’s optimistic belief in the innate generosity of Americans. In 1993, she founded the non-for profit organization The Fund to End the Deficit, based upon P. L. 87-58, and rallied citizens across the Country to make voluntary contributions to retire the National Debt through 1999, when the deficit ended. These voluntary citizen contributions, including contributions from such events as Rock the Debt, Wine Down the Debt and Dance the Debt Away, amounted to an all time high in voluntary citizen contributions to Debt retirement during the nineties (over $35 million, equaling 53.6% of all citizen donations since 1961) and helped generate the budget surplus recorded in 1999. “We did it once and we can do it again!” says McConnell. “It’s not about politics; it’s about love! This is our golden opportunity to wipe the slate clean and leave our kids and grandkids a legacy of love. It’s time ordinary citizens take prosperity measures by giving something back to our wonderful Country. We are the heroes that we have been looking for. It’s Our Time to Shine!”
McConnell’s work with The Fund to End the Deficit has been featured in news stories coast to coast, including appearing three times in The Washington Post, in USA Today Sunday Magazine and on Good Morning, America! She graduated Cum Laude from Cornell Law School in 1987 and with Honors in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1983. McConnell lives in Baltimore County, Maryland with her son, Caleb, and her 2 cats, Tiger and Finney.
“Let us fix the roof, while the sun is shining.” John F. Kennedy.
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Mr. Penny and the Dragon of Domeville: The Story of Us
By Lucile McConnell
Softcover, retail price: $18.50