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Cutting The Deficit? GOP Says, "Not On The Backs Of Big Oil!"
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.
Big Oil Needs A Hand Out!
- Senate GOP Votes Down Bill To End Big Oil Subsidies
WASHINGTON -- A ceremonial vote over whether to end subsidies to major oil companies failed on Tuesday, with 45 Republicans and three Democrats voting to continue the tax incentives to the five largest oil companies.