Heard of him? I hadn’t. He is a businessman from Oklahoma who bacame a multi-billionare in the oil shale business. He is a close friend and major, major campaign donor to Trump. On September 16, 2019, the stock in Hamm’s company took a huge jump in price. According to Bloomberg News, the increase made Hamm $2 Billion richer. His total net worth is estimated at almost $200 Billion. About 10 days ago, the oil price war between Russia and the Saudis dramatically decreased the price of Hamm’s stock. He called Trump to complain and ask for financial relief. Apparently without talking to any economic advisers, Trump tweeted that he was going to propose massive federal relief for the American shale oil companies. The proposal was met with almost unanimous disinterest in Congress. Apparently, not even Republicans are prepared to bailout an oilman who lost back the $2 Billion stock gain he made last September. I think the story is Important because it demonstrates Trump’s shallow thinking on pretty much every issue. Whoever has his ear last is likely to get what they want. Hamm had it last. Despite the poor reception in Congress, which undoubtedly was reported to him, he went to a dinner at Mar-A-Lago last weekend with big donors (the one where he came into contact with the Brazilian who tested positive) and called for an “economic plan to combat the decline in the market, and included the oil shale proposal as one of the few specifics he mentioned. He also told the donors that the economic plan would make all of them much richer. The last time we heard that was when the Republicans slashed taxes for the 1% by more than $1 Trillion.