Republican Retirement Plan for Americans: The Enron Model 2003. Acrylic on canvas, 36x48"
The Republican party receives the largest financial support from corporations. Republicans pride themselves on being the biggest supporter of business and capitalism. The party and its supporters preach the idea that government should be small and business, or as they refer to it, the "private sector" should operate with little or no regulation from government. Republicans believe that unregulated business will provide financial security, healthcare, and retirement benefits for the American people. They believe business can do it better than government. The Enron corporation based in Houston, Texas was the Republican model for the way business should be allowed to operate to provide financial security for all America. In the fall of 2001, the Enron Corporation collapsed from sham accounting practices, hidden debt, illegal transfers of capital, bogus subsidiary companies, market manipulation and a Darwinian business culture. While top executives walked away with millions of dollars from selling Enron stock before the collapse, company employees, after the fall of Enron, were fired on the spot and escorted out of the offices with only their chair and a box of their belongings. Is that financial security or a sound retirement plan?
Bush Administrations 2002. Acrylic on canvas, 48x60"
Even before September 11, George W. Bush's belief was that the purpose of the military was to fight and win wars. Did he plan to get us in a war? Was this also his father's simplistic opinion? Do they see the world from an early 20th century perspective? Is the belief that to maintain a powerful military, it must have combat-experienced soldiers; therefore it must always be engaged in military conflict to achieve that goal? The result of which is a steady flow of headstones into military cemeteries. Today, the President's father sits on the board of the Carlyle Group, a $12-billion private equity firm that invests in United Defense Industries, a company that makes profits from weapon systems, destruction, and in a word, war.