This story doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of play on the media – at any rate, I haven’t found anything on it without looking for it, except for a brief mention by Bill Maher.
Gov. LePage of Maine quietly had a set of paintings* taken down from the walls of Maine’s Department of Labor, reportedly because he received an anonymous fax saying that they reminded the sender of North Korean propaganda. LePage himself said that they were too one-sided, and fostered an anti-business attitude. He also quietly changed the names of rooms there from ones honoring labor leaders, including Franklin Roosevelt’s Labor Secretary, who had ties to Maine.
this has sparked a tremendous backlash, with lots of coverage if you look for it:
My question is – why did he do this. Even he admittedly regrets doing this, or at least doing it now, because it’s obscuring other issues. But this looks exactly like a provocative move, intended to upset people. Why the hell do something like this otherwise? It has no practical aspects and clearly only has symbolic value. the minuscule value of being able to brag to someone that you took down what you perceive to be anti-business art doesn’t seem at all worth the chance of a spectacle like this, where not only are you political opponents pissed, but you have the art establishments, the Federal agency who funded the art installation, and even Senators in your own party complaining about it.
So was this an unintended screwup? Or a deliberate move whose ultimate purpose I can’t see yet?