Donald Trump, according to pundits, has had his first ‘achievement’ in the passing of his bill to cut taxes – a bill that many senators admit their billionaire and corporate donors threatened to withdraw their donations if they voted against it. That this is an ‘achievement’ is no surprise with a president as dire and self-interested as Trump.
But to add insult to injury, right-wingers took the opportunity to add an amendment to a bill they knew was likely to pass – to allow oil and gas companies to start drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, as a senator pointed out:
Oil drilling has, of course, absolutely nothing to do with tax legislation – but in the US, it’s common practice for politicians to add unconnected amendments to a bill to either get their pet amendment into law, or to discourage other politicians from supporting something they want to see defeated.
The fact that right-wingers used a bill that will put huge amounts of cash into the pockets of the richest at the expense of the poor and the middle class to open up huge – and hugely important – tracts of previously-protected artic land for corporate profits at the expense of the wildlife and the planet speaks volumes for the mentality of the right.
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