Next Monday I will be going into seclusion as I begin my newest painting. The title will be, "Wake Up America." I want this painting to create a shocking visual truth of what is happening in our country and hopefully wake up more Americans as to what is at stake.
I look around me and I am utterly amazed at the apathy and denial of many Americans as they refuse to deal with the debt crisis our country is facing. Congress has made no headway in dealing with this issue. In April the Congress was only able to agree to 36.5 billion in spending cuts.
Our gross debt has increased over $500 billion each year since fiscal year (FY) 2003, with increases of $1 trillion in FY2008, $1.9 trillion in FY2009, and $1.7 trillion in FY2010. Together with the budget deficit, this debt was one of the reasons given by Standard and Poors to downgrade the United States' credit outlook to "negative" on April 18, 2011.
We simply cannot curb our spending in Washington. We must make significant changes to the way our country runs the federal government. But too many are chained to their entitlement spending mentality and will not tolerate the government taking away anything they feel is owed to them. We feel that the federal government must babysit every aspect of our lives. Americans need to grow up.
In the next sixteen months I will offer some solutions in both a visual and multi-media manner as to how we can take our country from where we are now, to where it would be incredibly prosperous. My ideas will sometimes sound familiar and other times be completely unheard of, but know this: the correct answer is often the most simple and that which is beautifully simple is in my opinion simply beautiful.
Stay tuned...first painting will be released October 1st!