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Republicans Don't Want to Save Jobs; Billions for oil, nothing for nurses and teachers.

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'What makes oil worthy of aid when hospitals aren’t? Hospitals employ more than 5 million people, and they’re facing financial crisis. State & local governments employ 20 million have seen revenues plunge & expenses rise.  We’re not a major oil exporter; we import more oil than we export! Why is propping up oil prices a priority? Trump says that it’s about jobs. But U.S. oil and gas extraction employs around 150,000 workers.  Russia & Saudi Arabia are basically petrostates that export oil and almost nothing else. So propping up oil prices is a way for Trump to help his two favorite autocrats.Since when is it the president’s job to organize international cartels?   Maybe,  this isn’t about protecting jobs, it’s about protecting capital. And this capital happens to be very G.O.P.-friendly.The oil and gas sector makes big political contributions, almost 90 percent of them to Republicans.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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