The issue I chose to address was the constantly worsening condition of the United States economy and the value of the dollar. If this problem is not addressed quickly and effectively, we will soon find ourselves in a second Great Depression. We are already experiencing the greatest economic crisis since then, but if the problem is not fixed, we will experience a depression equal to or greater than the one that gripped our country in the 1920’s and 30’s. This is important to me because the U.S. economy and the value of the dollar have a direct effect on the well being of me and every other American in this country. Over 20 million Americans are currently unemployed and face problems with money every day. Also, our national debt has climbed to over 56 trillion dollars and is constantly rising. Because of our government freely spending and producing money, the value of a dollar has plummeted in the past few years. I depicted this in my art with a dollar bill following an arrow down, which symbolizes the falling value of a dollar and the decline of the U.S. economy. I used markers and pictures from various online sites to help me express this problem through art. I chose this media because it gave me the most flexibility in expressing this problem.
By: Billy A.