Donald Trump campaigned as the defender of the working class while he promised to "drain the swamp" of elites and insiders. Yet, he has done just the opposite. At one time or another, his cabinet has included at least two billionaires and many multi-millionaires.
Trump has signed many executive orders which have benefited large corporations and business interests, not the working and middle classes. These include: loosening regulations on The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a consumer protection bill passed after the Great Recession of 2008, reducing the scope of the Clean-Water Bill, and diluting the strength of the Stream Protection Rule, which limits permits to dump excess mining "spoil" into our waterways. Conservatives counter, this is a logical reaction to what is perceived as federal government overreach.
Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and President Trump tried unsuccessfully to repeal the Affordable Care Act and both the House and the Senate have voted to restructure the tax code to give corporations and the rich huge tax cuts, while placing more of a tax burden on the middle class. Their mantra has been that tax cuts for the rich will spur economic development, providing more jobs. However, this theory of "trickledown economics" has been proven not to work.
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.