Art And Response

OBAMA CARE(S)

September 7th, 2012

The President Could Win With Just These Two Words

Apparently the old ad man in me still works in my sleep because after watching the President’s speech at the Democratic Convention last night, I woke up with my own campaign slogan for Barack that succinctly nails the fundamental difference between the two camps in just two words … “OBAMA CARES”. The Republicans tried to turn the Affordable Health Care Act into something negative by derisively coining it “Obama Care.” All the President’s people have to do is add one simple ‘S’ to turn it back into a positive and powerful umbrella campaign. I can see it as a bumper sticker or as a call and response in a speech. It would go something like this:

“The difference between the President and the Republicans when it comes to affordable healthcare for all is … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to the environment … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to protecting women’s rights … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to your right to love whom you choose … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to protecting senior’s entitlements … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to our veterans … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to improving students’ education … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to protecting the middle class … OBAMA CARES!

When it comes to you … OBAMA CARES!”

Does my slogan imply that the Republicans don’t care as much? Yes, but it’s subtle. More subtle than their own party platform which reduces the rights and increases the burdens of the majority in no uncertain terms.

So, Obama campaign manager listen to me. It’s time for a quick change. Start printing the posters and bumper stickers. I hope you are listening … because I care.

Putting Out A Contract On Public Employees

July 3rd, 2012

The nation, along with many states and local municipalities are burdened with overwhelming debt. Like a company that’s about to file for bankruptcy, they can’t afford to honor their contractual obligations and make payroll. How did this happen? Who’s responsible? I’m told it’s the government workers. They ‘re bleeding us dry so let’s bust the unions and do away with collective bargaining. Let’s take away their pensions! After all, why should my hard earned tax money go to give them better benefits than my boss is giving me these days? (more…)

Is Stephen Colbert Unbalanced?

June 15th, 2012

That is the question a number of people are asking since he has not as yet given equal time to the progressive leaning artist Michael D’Antuono after devoting over five minutes of air time to conservative artist Jon McNaughton on The Colbert Report. Okay, full disclosure, the progressive leaning artist is me and the people asking are mainly family members.

The artist’s (me) campaign demanding equal time was kicked off with an entertaining YouTube video goo.gl/fLiLV  featuring an eclectic mix of characters calling on Colbert to be fair.

You can better serve Democracy (and take the “starving” out of starving artist) by posting the video on Colbert’s Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/thecolbertreport or Tweet him ‪@ColbertReport to demand Colbert give D’Antuono (again, me) equal time. Do it for the children (my children).

LET”S CUT TO THE (JPMORGAN) CHASE

May 16th, 2012

EVENT

JPMorgan Chase acknowledges $2 billion trading loss

JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, said Thursday that it lost $2 billion in the past six weeks in a trading portfolio designed to hedge against risks the company takes with its own money. The exotic financial investments got the world in trouble in 2008. The question a lot of people are asking now, did JPMorgan Chase learn nothing?

VENT

I know the answer to that one. JP Morgan Chase learned a lot from the 2008 debacle. They learned that unlike the rest of us, if they gamble on irresponsible investments, (more…)

Are Conservatives More Racist?

April 23rd, 2012

What One Piece Of Art Revealed

My new painting inspired by the Trayvon Martin tragedy called “A Tale Of Two Hoodies”, has created somewhat of a stir. A popular subject of blogs, it has been noted more than 17,000 times over the weekend. Most enlightening were the many disturbing responses on my site revealing a nation that sadly hasn’t come as far as I had thought. (more…)

Could Cosby Be Wrong?

April 16th, 2012

Bill Cosby feels the Trayvon Martin case is about gun ownership, not race. As you can tell from my painting “A Tale Of Two Hoodies”, I think it may be a little of both.

The gun laws in many states are admittedly a little wacky, no doubt. Texas allows concealed weapons on campuses. While I’m sure professors in that state are giving better grades, it’s only a matter of time before we get some very disturbing headlines. Using Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” as a defense in the Trayvon Martin shooting should put both Zimmerman and the law itself away for life.

Okay, so I concede the whole “gun laws need reform thing.” Score one for the Cos. But I wouldn’t bet a box of Jello pudding that racism wasn’t a factor both with the perpetrator and the local authorities in the Trayvon Martin case. Just based on his comments while chasing Trayvon, one can deduce that the hispanic guy with the jewish name is a bit of a racist. Let’s call a spade a spade.

A more disturbing problem than one racist with a gun is the way the authorities treated the case until about a month of growing national protest. They John Doe’d Trayvon without contacting his parents even though they had all of his contact info in his wallet. Meanwhile, Zimmerman’s folks were called on the spot. The original investigator’s natural instinct to jail Zimmerman was nixed by a higher up, leaving our vigilante free to roam the streetswith the murder weapon hand. This did happen in Florida after all, and you can’t get any deeper south than that.

Dr. Cosby is right on guns, but perhaps a little too forgiving on the race issue. He may be overcompensating due to his support of Tawana Brawley in her case years ago, or just want’s to keep every body calm. Personally, I believe if people don’t get just a little angry at injustice, they won’t be motivated enough to change it.