Funny Money

Funny Money
Funny Money
Oil on Canvas, 72 x 31 inches, Winter 2018
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I made the dollar bill and loose change paintings when the Republicans passed their tax bill, in the winter of 2017, that gave large tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy. Two weeks after Trump passed his tax bill he started cutting funds for SNAP benefits and Medicaid for the poor. We are living in a time when the bottom 90% of the world only own 15% of its wealth and the top 1% own more than 50%. I made this painting when the Republicans were pushing the illusion that this tax bill would help working class Americans. Our institutions are failing our poor right now and we should be ashamed of ourselves. I represented a dollar and some change to contest the theory of trickle-down economics. It is a complete fantasy to think that this tax bill is going to help the majority of Americans and not widen the already catastrophic divide. Charles Darwin once wrote, “If the misery of our poor be caused not by laws of nature, but by our own institutions, great is our sin.”