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Red State Titanic : You Poor People Must Go Down With the Ship

Jeff Gates2015-04-19

Chamomile Tea Party

Chamomile Tea Party
Washington, DC, United States

Political affiliation has now become more divisive than race. Winning elections has become more important than governance. These schisms are hurting the poor, the sick, and those who have fallen through any safety nets left in our society.

In fact, these groups have become targets by the Right. In 2015, Kansas' governor, Sam Brownback signed "The Hope Act," which reduced subsidies to the poor, in addition to banning welfare recipients from using government funds to take cruises (as if there are any people who have done that). Republican legislators in Missouri wanted to ban those on welfare from buying steak and seafood. And, in the ongoing war on the Affordable Care Act, attempts by many states to gut the act have put people in jeopardy. As Vox's Ezra Klein has written, the fight over "Obamacare" is making red states sicker and poorer. The poor are being stigmatized by the Right.


The posters in this series reflect the conflicts the American political system has been experiencing during the turbulent period between 2010-2018. They are meant to encourage an exploration and a dialogue about the cultural minefield we now find ourselves in.

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  • Title: Red State Titanic : You Poor People Must Go Down With the Ship
  • Creator: Jeff Gates
  • Date Created: 2015-04-19
  • Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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