It all started three years ago on deviantART. [link]
A project to bring the federal budget to the people that pay for it.
Gaining momentum on deviantART [link] and then blossoming worldwide, Death and Taxes: 2008 is culmination of months of work and years of refinement.
It is the 2008 Federal discretionary budget of the United States. is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the discretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President's budget request for 2008. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.
The poster provides a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster.
So now you know what you've paid for, the next question to ask, is why?
Spread the word! This is a poster of your near future!
This piece got lost in a shuffle a while ago - the scandal is old, but the revelations are still important...
This piece involves a comment from George W. Bush Jr. made during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, September 24, 2006.
Here is the full quote:
Bush Jr.: Yes, you see — you see it on TV, and that’s the power of an enemy that is willing to kill innocent people. But there’s also an unbelievable will and resiliency by the Iraqi people…. Admittedly, it seems like a decade ago. I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is — my point is, there’s a strong will for democracy...
Trying to dismissing the four years of death and destruction as 'just a comma' seems almost unbelievable. A few pundits later claimed that Bush was making a nod to his right-wing religious base by working from Gracie Allen's famous quip, "never place a period where God has placed a comma." -- but honestly, do you think 'Mr. is-our-children-learning' can be so eloquent, even to his own followers?
Bush doesn't speak in code - he only speaks of his indifference to the disaster that he created by being indifferent to the possible consequences of his actions in the first place.
Call your congressman/woman. Call your Senator. Demand an end to the war. Demand justice: impeach Bush.
For my Communications Design class I was assigned to find a social or political problem that I felt needed to be addressed, and to create/communicate this problem through any medium of my choosing.
I decided to concentrate on the controversial activities currently happening in Iraq. I chose this “war on terror” escapade, which is viewed by many, to be a cover up on obtaining control over the prime oil reserves in the world, and to show that blood has been spilt on obtaining it. The hunger for oil has grown to a ridicules state and thousands are dying: choose peace, not blood.