Although the Corona Virus flue crisis as dominated the news and helped to melt down the stock markets, another story has also contributed to the financial woes. Analysts credited much of the Dow Jones 2,000 point melt down a couple of days ago to the oil price situation. The disagreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia over oil production comes down to supply and prices. The Russians want to flood the oil market for the time being which would put the bite on U.S. oil shale producers. The U.S. producers are dependent upon at least a $50 to $55 per barrel price to remain profitable. Numbers below that result in losses which will make it harder for U.S. producers to maintain their debt structure. A massive financial failure in the U.S. petroleum industry would jeopardize our energy independence. It could also send shock waves through the U.S. banking and financial systems. Once more “Mother Russia” is out to get us. Now that Putin has been declared the ruler of Russia, virtually for life, it seems that he is feeling his oats with his feeble economy that is smaller than the size of Italy. It is interesting to note the timing of this. If Trump really is “Putin’s man,” why would he want to start an economic disruption in the United States during an election year? If Putin has so much invested in Trump, why his doing this? The answer is there was, nor as there any Russian collusion that is credible. Who knows who Putin wanted to be the president of The United States? If I were he, I would have preferred Hillary because she is both corrupt and incompetent. Nevertheless, Russia’s current policies don’t look to be tilted toward the Trump administration. In fact, it is quite the opposite.