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Cutting The Deficit? GOP Says, "Not On The Backs Of Big Oil!"

Updated on September 11, 2011

Rockefeller Hits Big Oil!

Senate Votes No On End To Oil Subsidies!

It comes as no surprise that the vote taken in the US Senate on 05/17/2011 failed. Ending subsidies for big oil will never be a reality. Face it, America! Big oil, backed mostly by their GOP cronies, is a protected class in this disgraceful body that we call the United States Senate. In spite of the fact that the big five oil companies made record profits in the first quarter of the year, they still cling to the notion that they need subsidies. And the Senate stands with them. The corruption of the 45 Republican and 3 Democratic Senators that voted to keep subsidies intact is so bold and blatant that it can not be ignored. Cutting the deficit is so important? Cutting the deficit is the priority? Apparently not.

Protecting big oil is the priority. Corporate welfare is an evil joke that is so ingrained in this country that the heads of these mega corporatations even suggest that discontinuing their tax-payer funded subsidies is unAmerican. While it may not be unAmerican for rich corporations to be so greedy that they want more and more money, it is unAmerican for Senators to be owned so completely by these giants of industry. They are unafraid of angering their constituents and they openly and shamelessly display their allegiance to big oil. Oil is their God and they do not care what America thinks.

The vote was 52-48. Two Repuublicans voted to end the subsidies. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both Republican Senators from Maine stood up to the oil companies, but even more disgusting is the fact that three Democrats voted to preserve the subsidies.

Schumer Hits Oil Companies!

The Excuses Become Less And Less Believable! Why Even Bother?

Republican senators say they voted no because ending the subsidies unfairly singles out the oil industry and that an end to the subsidies will hurt American jobs. The three Senate Democrats who voted against ending the subsidies were Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Mark Begich of Alaska. The senators voting no gave varied excuses, including this is not an effort to cut the deficit, it is an effort to increase spending, it will damage the ability of big oil to make profits, it will raise prices at the pump. Many additional excuses were offered, but they all ranged from the ridiculous to the more ridiculous.

Why are excuses even offered? It would be less shameful if these Senators came forward and said, "We don't want to cut oil subsidies. These companies pay our way, provide the money we depend upon and we have been bought off." Less shameful if they said, "We do not mind cutting education, because kids don't contribute to our campaign funds, we don't mind cutting medical aid to the indigent because the indigent don't have the money to buy our votes, we refuse to cut funding for anyone who might be in a position to do us a favor." If this isn't bought politics, I don't know what is.

Seventy percent of Americans are in favor of cutting subsidies to oil companies, but that is inconsequential. A blip on the radar of the Senate. While elected officials in the Senate have a low approval rating from the American people, they certainly don't seem to care. They are brazen enough to openly defend their votes. They shouldn't even bother. Their defense of themselves is all part of the lie that they so proudly tell. They have been bought and paid for and they do not care who knows it. They shouldn't even pretend to hide it.

Core Values? We All Know Where The Value Is!

The GOP tirelessly speaks of core values, family values, God, Patriots, real Americans and the exceptionalism of America. Instead, on Tuesday night, the GOP voted their real values. Every time you hear a member of the GOP speak of their values, just substitute the words, oil subsidies, and then you will illustrate the truth of their value system.

  • Core values = oil subsidies
  • Family values = oil subsidies
  • God = oil subsidies
  • Patriots = oil subsidies
  • real Americans = oil subsidies
  • exceptionalism of America = oil subsidies

Helping The Big Five Stay On Top? They Really Need Help?

This bill was an attempt to cut subsidies from the biggest five oil companies in the United States. The five companies that have made more in profits than any other companies in the history of the world. They need help from the US government? Do they need food stamps, too? Why not let them write a blank check? In reality, they already have one. The checks are being written by 48 Senators, with money from the taxpayers.

These Senators, with all of their excuses, all of their preaching, all of their pretense, are playing a game with the American people. It is a game that the people are losing and big oil is winning.
A game that is impossible for the people to win.


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  • amillar profile image


    7 years ago from Scotland, UK

    Hi Jillian - I don't know any of these people in the videos, but like your article, I think these Senators get to the crux of the deficit problem. Of course, everyone is wont to plead poverty, and your Senators are obviously aware of that - but Mr Watson, says that he requires a reasonable return on investment. Yet where is the investment coming from when the American people subsidise his company? That then brings up the question of profit, and does it stay in the USA, or is it spirited away to the tax havens boosting his bonus.

    I think that this whole thing begs the question: are we 'all in this together', or not?

    Well done Jillian; keep it up.

  • Credence2 profile image


    7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

    I can never take the rightwinger serious when he talks about fiscal sanity in Washington, They want to nurse the corporate fat cats with baby bottles of warm oil!! We ask the poor to sacrifice while the plutocrat never seems to get any of his or her skin in the game. Why is it that the people cannot see this? I am sure that the Dems that voted in favor of big oil did this to protect a constituency that derives its income from the industry, the Gulf Coast? But where is the excuse from the others? As always, thanks for educating us all


  • Jillian Barclay profile imageAUTHOR

    Jillian Barclay 

    7 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Peter,

    Starting to think that all politicians are in it just for the money and the perks! There are just a few statesmen left. They are the ones that give me hope. What has happened in Michigan (your homestate) is beyond horrible!

    Just to let you know, I value your input and always look forward to reading the articles you write! I always learn so much!

  • PETER LUMETTA profile image


    7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

    Well Jillian another scathing telling of the truth! When the teabaggers come for the used clothes for the orphans of Michigan just show them the report on the vote for the Oil Companies and tell the children we gave all the money to those who really need it. Sorry. The democrats are worse than the GOP, they have the votes and the moral high ground but of course they are also paid by the oil companies, they are all pigs. Great HUB love your politics. Peter

  • Jillian Barclay profile imageAUTHOR

    Jillian Barclay 

    7 years ago from California, USA

    Dear HSchneider,

    You are right. No surprise. Even after some noted GOP Senators stated that the oil companies did not need the subsidies, they still voted to keep them. What was it they said about John Kerry being for it before he was against it? What? The same statement should not be made about them?

    Dear Terry,

    Fiscal conservative does NOT equal GOP! Fiscal payoff equals GOP, and fiscal stupidity equals Tea Party!

    Dear Nan,

    Glad to see you! The GOP is so afraid of the poor that they are trying to kill them, little by little, in the name of fiscal conservatism. It is the old, we care about the poor, but we can't afford to keep them alive!

    Dear Fay,

    That Republican Nelson! You are so funny! Hear that all of the oil stockholders will have to go on Medicaid and food stamps if the subsidies to oil are cut!

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    Fay Paxton 

    7 years ago

    Another great hub, Jillian. I figure it was a symbolic, they knew with Begech, Landrieu and that Republican, Nelson they didn't have enough votes. It's makes no sense. One of the oil execs testified before the senate that after paying the stockholders they "only" made $19 billion in profits.

  • Nan Mynatt profile image

    Nan Mynatt 

    7 years ago from Illinois

    Thanks for shedding light on the GOP and their oil cronies. It is getting worst that they don't care about the poor. They have nothing to contribute to the party. I voted you up.

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    7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

    It baffles me that a large portion of the people concerned with fiscal responsibility still lean toward the GOP! I wonder what the GOP must do to convey their true concern. Must they have a parade down Main street with signs saying "DOWN With The Middle Class - Oil Needs Your Money"?

    The Maine Senators stand out from the crowd, but the rest should be tarred and feathered. If you call yourself a fiscal conservative and vote for Big Oil Republicans you have lost your integrity.

    Voted UP and Awesome

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    Howard Schneider 

    7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    No surprise here Jillian. We both know that most of the GOP are in the corporate pockets. I do respect the two Maine Senators very much. Begich and Landrieu are in oil states so I'm not surprised there. Nelson is almost a Republican anyway. It's all how much campaign money can you give. It's a damn shame. Great Hub.


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