Trump...YUGE Gift to America's Big Oil Lobby

With the richest cabinet in United States history, Donald Trump is clearly not "draining the swamp" in Washington DC, but he is making it easier for US oil companies to buy favors in other countries around the world.

Using the Congressional Review Act Trump repealed a set of rules that forced oil companies to disclose any payments that the companies made to foreign governments in exchange for valuable mining and drilling rights.

The rules had been staunchly opposed by energy industry executives - including now-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - and the repeal is nothing more than a massive gift to the American oil industry.

Isn't it clear that Trump is favoring corporations over his supporters - and contradicting the populist rhetoric he spouted throughout his whole campaign?


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stecoop01 39 weeks 6 days ago

The criminals are running the jail.

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Robertcd 39 weeks 6 days ago

Of course anyone who believed him fits right into that old saying "there's a sucker born every minute".

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Kend 39 weeks 6 days ago

The government should be focused on creating a good business environment in America so American companies don't want to leave.

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Oldskoold 39 weeks 6 days ago

Yes Robertcd,

Carnival "Barker" for sure, right before our eyes...... But still; 40 or so percent of the "base" still trumpet him..... And; scary as real Hell thought; we meet these people operating motor vehicles daily on the roads our tax dollars built! And I might add, that the corporations have used for years with no or minimal "externality tax" of their products by tearing them up with the weight of moving their ill gotton profits! Thom is correct; the externalities are a great part of their profits on our backs! But, give them another tax break and watch the reinvestment....... BULL CRAP! GREED! They won't quit even if the real God does institute the second coming. They would hollar "ALEIENS"..... Which is the true definition in the bible. Won't it said "I am not of this world"? In the "King James Version"....

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2950-10K 39 weeks 6 days ago

The repeal smells like the Tillerson/Exxon, Trump, Putin love triangle to me. An odor of urine mixed with crude!

Government needs to be shut down immediately for national security until the treason is exposed and prosecuted. For gods sake...McConnell shut it down for eight years....and the media never even mentioned it.

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ErinRose 39 weeks 5 days ago

"Isn't it clears that Trump is favoring corporations over his supporters - and contradicting the populist rhetoric he spouted throughout his whole campaign?

It may be clear to those of us who choose to see things for what they are, clearly, but it is obvious that Trump supporters are having none of it. (Thank goodness they are in the minority.) They have decided that Trump is a "gift from God," (to quote more than one blogger,) and their supreme leader who deserves unswerving loyalty, and all of us detractors on the Left are nothing but a pack of sore losers.

When I was deciding who to vote for, it crossed my mind that if Trump got in he would most likely not keep his campaign promises. Why? Because his stump speeches were too good to be true; he sounded like a Progressive and not some affluent elitist running on the Republican ticket. So, the moral dilemma was to vote for Clinton (whom I can't abide because she's a DLC, PNAC, NWO, Neo-Liberal with absolutely no intentions of keeping the campaign promises she temporarily borrowed from Bernie Sanders, ) or to vote for Trump.

Once, a long while ago, I voted for George Pataki for Governor of NY. I've regretted it ever since for crossing over and trusting that side of the aisle to be anything but greedy betrayers and he didn't disappoint when he tried to sell the NY Thruway into private hands (which I personally thwarted). So, I did the only conscionable thing one could do caught between two fools; I voted Green.

At the time I was one of those who figured that it didn't really matter; a Clinton or a Trump. Both were bad news. Then I thought, if Trump gets in he will definitely wake up this country in ways that Clinton never would, and even though we are going to go through some terrible times, if this country does, in fact, wake up and mobilize, it will be the best thing possible.

For some strange reason, constituents seem to fall in love with their candidate and can't see any fault lines. If Clinton had gotten in, her adoring fans would have failed to notice the continuing and deepening corruption which would have gone on unchecked for who knows how long.

No such thing can happen with Trump. He's so outlandish, so bombastic that nothing he does is going to go unnoticed unless he goes covert with it. I think Thom once said, "Trump is setting the table" for a massive move to the Left in coming elections. I think so, too. I see Trump as a bulldozer that is going to knock everything down and clear the field of so much of the old guard that it will give us a clean canvas to work with. We are going to go through a terrible time with his policies but it will be a great cathartic.

If Trump doesn't wake up this country, then nothing will and if this country follows through and goes Progressive, we'll be given an opportunity to fast-track some fundamental sanity and leave a better, safer world for the kids coming along.

Legend 39 weeks 5 days ago

What about the little guy?

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Kilosqrd 39 weeks 5 days ago

These successful people that Pres Trump has chosen for his cabinet are all taking pay cuts in order to serve their country. Only a left wing loon would see this as a bad thing.

Instead the left wants people of diversity over experience. Political correctness over truth. One more thing, since when has the democrats ever cared about the "little guy"?

Thomas Edsall NYT article before the 2012 election. Thomas B Edsall is not a republican.


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Tim Blanchard 39 weeks 5 days ago

Now the bribes are being paid OVER the table.

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deepspace 39 weeks 5 days ago

Anyone who doesn't recognize the complete disaster unfolding in the Trump White House and the Republican Congress is a gawddamn fool! The daily diet of manure that the king clown and his cabal of cronies shovel at a weary public has nothing to do with helping the little guy and everything to do with gorging the bloated bellies of their millionaire, billionaire donors. We eat their sh*t while they drink our blood! Brainwashed Trump trolls who can't see that simple reality deserve every bite on their heaped-up plates of dreck. Eat up, fools!

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Andrew Beckett 39 weeks 5 days ago

You mean like lowering wages to 25 cents a day. Or is that too rich. Perhaps a bowl of gruel and a few corn cobs per day. Would that keep companies around? America is really in a race to the bottom. My only hope is that Canadians witness the drop in standard of living in the US and the fabulous wealth hoarded by the billionaires and realize that conservatism is only for suckers. The sad thing is that the lives that are being destroyed will increase the wealth of the people at the very top, but they are already so rich they won't even notice it. Before you call me a "commie" remember, Russia put your man in office and is the one really running your country now.

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Kilosqrd 39 weeks 4 days ago

"You mean like lowering wages to 25 cents a day."

Really? Would you care to back that up with some actual facts or data? Of course not. You can't. Typical left wing bomb thrower. Please continue living in your parent's basement because you have no clue what it is like in the real world.


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