Sec. Tom Price Criticized For Chartering Private Jets For Official Business, Predecessors Flew Commercial

Swampity swamp swamp!

Politico reports:

In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel. The secretary鈥檚 five flights, which were scheduled between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, took him to a resort in Maine where he participated in a Q&A discussion with a health care industry CEO, and to community health centers in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, according to internal HHS documents.

The travel by corporate-style jet comes at a time when other members of the Trump administration are under fire for travel expenditures, and breaks with the practices of Obama-era secretaries Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Kathleen Sebelius, who flew commercially while in the continental United States. Price, a frequent critic of federal spending who has been developing a plan for departmentwide cost savings, declined to comment.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    But remember everyone, under Obama, everybody did this….oh wait….no they didn’t. Drain the swamp, more like fill the fucker up.

  • Jeffrey

    Conservative values are confusing to me. Austerity to everyone…but the politicians. Sexual frigidity to everyone…but the politicians and clergy.

    • bambinoitaliano

      It’s simple. What’s mine is mine. What’s yours is mine.

      • MirrorMan

        If it’s not nailed down, it’s MINE! Anything I can pry loose by any means necessary is no longer nailed down.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Watch out for those funeral home raiders. The laying love ones with gold teeth often buried with gum exposure.

          • William

            Eeewww.

    • Tawreos

      What part of “I got mine! Fuck you!” is confusing to you?

    • Steverino

      It’s the Victorian / Gilded Age way. They want to take us back to that.

    • Snarkaholic

      Rights for me…rules for you!

    • Christopher
  • Tawreos

    But if he flew commercial he might come into contact with the people he serves and he isn’t going to have any of that accountability nonsense on his watch.

    • William

      Nobody likes an angry mob… on board an aircraft at 30,000 feet.

      • Tawreos

        An angry mob is an ugly thing. And I think that it is just about time that we had one!

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • another_steve

      Their role models are Vladimir Putin and the other thieving dictators around the world…so why not?

      (Btw – you’re good today, Rebecca. Very good.)

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Thanks. 馃檪

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    • Lantor

      Does anyone know if Ivanka has admitted to having any work done? I guess she has her father’s eyes, but the boys are nearly spitting images of old dad.

      • William

        Ivanka’s jowl line has been shaved down. Look at her straight on and you can see where she was run through a buzz saw set to 45掳.

      • boatboy_srq

        If she has Daddy’s eyes, then 1) she must need yuuge lenses and 2) where did Daddy get the replacements (or should we ask)?

        https://youtu.be/XC3208aRkLI

    • CottonBlimp

      I look at this picture and all I can picture is Xena’s chakram decapitating all four of the ghouls at once.

  • another_steve

    In the Sexual Predator-in-Chief’s administration, there are no limits on thievery.

    Anything goes.

  • PickyPecker
  • Price was also under investigation for taking $40k in “petty cash” from his campaign funds, which is illegal.

    Investigation by…Preet Bharara, fired NY federal attorney.

    The entire motherfucking Trump administration is a corrupt, treasonous kleptocracy. They’re making Warren G Harding look like a Boy Scout in comparison.

    • Most of us knew for a very long time now, at least going back to the Reagan administration, that the Republican party had adopted flagrant hypocrisy as their operating standard.

      Now we’re seeing the end result, writ large. No money for healthcare, but millions or billions for the entitled GOPers in power.

    • Snarkaholic

      The ones who DO actually believe in God think that they’ll get a free pass on Judgment Day because, even though they committed multiple sins themselves, the shitty laws they passed prevented countless thousands of others from doing the same.
      “Look at all of the souls I saved for you!”

  • bambinoitaliano

    I was bringing up Jane Goodall in the other thread, sure enough she commented.
    https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/910508886729330688

    • John Ruff

      More like an aggressive, Russian cockroach.

      • ted-

        Oooh, ouch! Well said though.

      • Aggressive Russian bear?

    • William

      That’s why chimps aren’t allowed to buy gold spray paint.

  • Lazycrockett

    Eww dealing with plebeians.

  • Gustav2
    • No, the real reason is because the Koch Bros coalition has held back about $400m in SuperPAC donations to the GOP, because they demand this monstrous people-killing bill be passed.

      • Gustav2

        That’s party loyalty, loyalty to the party’s finances! lol

        And they promised the Kochs and Mercers. Their real constituents.

  • bambinoitaliano
    • stevenj

      The Republican Country Club set fly commercial? They might be recognized by the little people.

      • boatboy_srq

        They can’t possibly be afraid of a passenger-jet-ful of the oi polloi, now can they?

    • olandp

      Swoon!

  • dcurlee

    But this fucker will be reelected by the stupid

  • Lumpy Gaga

    1st cost-saving measure: sign him up for Skype. He can always get care from Dr. Frist.

    • jerry

      I vote for treatment from Dr. Carson.

      • Snarkaholic

        In a dark, abandoned “grain silo.”

  • JWC

    Make his refund it all the smarmy crook

  • Treant

    Always fiscally responsible, aren’t we, Republicans?

    • Snarkaholic

      They know that by taking away countless people’s healthcare, they’ll go so deep into debt that Debtor’s Prisons can be brought back easily, and, viola, a huge, free source of slave labor (indefinitely, because people in prison can’t pay back astronomical bills).

  • bkmn

    A reminder of his previous position on use of private jets.

    https://youtu.be/67XM3uFHjIo

    • William

      That was different.

  • another_steve

    I am now going to transmit the Evil Eye to the entire Trump cabinet. This is just about the most terrible curse a heeb can send.

    (Please divert your eyes, dear JMG reader. People have been known to lose bowel control after gazing at the Evil Eye.)

    Here goes.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c187c2e782fc6ebebe2abc8a918064e617de279e0d3a2195973bd29a349a9c6.jpg

    • Snarkaholic

      Yikes…Hex-Lax!

  • Treant

    OT: Jose, Jose, Jose. If that trend continues, it’ll make landfall as a tropical depression or weak tropical storm not too far from me. It’s actually a little dry right now, so I wouldn’t mind.

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/AT12/refresh/AL122017_5day_cone_no_line_and_wind+png/173704_5day_cone_no_line_and_wind.png

    • Lumpy Gaga

      It’s actually a little dry right now, so I wouldn’t mind.

      Nice try. We all know you’re in the pocket of Big Flower.

      • Treant

        Damn straight. ‘Round town, they call me Mr. Burpee. And not because I always have a carbonated soda in my hand, I swear.

        But seriously, it hasn’t rained appreciably in about 15 days, and the weather is very hot for September. We could use half, three-quarters of an inch easy.

        • PickyPecker

          We finally got 4/10″ yesterday early. Was the first rain we’d had since end of July.
          Now our temps are hovering near 90F for the remainder of the week into the weekend. NOT normal for here and terribly bad for the gardens.

          • Treant

            As I’m sure you heard me whine about, April to August were incredibly wet (and hot, so fungus issues abounded). Now, September is dry and hot. 馃檪

            But today is the first time any part of the lawn has shown drought shock, and that’s only 100 square feet or so. Not enough to do anything about, particularly with Jose potentially hitting us!

        • boatboy_srq

          You must live in the seedy part of town.

          • Treant

            We keep trying to regenerate it.

      • UrsusArctos
    • greenmanTN

      On behalf of everyone in landlocked places, in the midst of hills which tend to discourage the formation of tornados, and aren’t on any tectonic faults, I’d like to say…

      https://media.tenor.com/images/dfa952f1494d0939713809cd2b4508b3/tenor.gif

      Hey, y’all brag about the political/cultural stuff and this is one of the few chances we get!

      • Treant

        Well, I’m near a minor fault, but it’s no great shakes…so to speak. We’re landlocked, but do get a rare, weak tornado that hits and bounces on the first hill it sees ten seconds later, and disappears, doing little to no damage.

        I’m third from the top of the hill, so lighting strikes uphill, floods go downhill, and we sit in the middle.

        • greenmanTN

          Hey, we deserve a few advantages. We can’t get fresh seafood, only get musical acts on their way down, ‘theater’ means yet another production of “Mousetrap,” and “Critters 3” is considered an art film.

          We don’t live longer mind you, it just seems longer.

  • AtticusP

    My God I hate these entitled fuckers.

  • OdieDenCO

    hypocrite!

  • Texndoc

    Republicans and private planes is News??! Nancy Pelosi when speaker had a damn 767 flying her to SF every weekend. Always loved Arianna Huffington’s explanation for a private flight to Paris: “well it’s going there anyway.” Might as well be aboard!

  • canoebum

    I’m not much of a dancer, but I’ll cut a rug the day this prick is put in prison. He stands out as particularly scummy in a cabinet full of disgusting scumbags!

  • Snownova

    Ah yes, republicans, against government spending, unless it’s spending it on themselves.

  • Paul_in_Dallas

    If you re-arrange just three letters of his name, you get Top Crime.

    • AC

      if you re-arrange just three letters of your moniker, you get Fool_in_Dallas

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        What about mine?

        • AC

          Dear LesbianFishingHabits…

          darn it, it just isn’t any fun unless responded to a half-wit who thinks he is clever

          • LesbianTippingHabits

            LesbianFishingHabits. I love it!

  • UrsusArctos

    Straight up Animal Farm. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”

    • boatboy_srq

      Pity that “animal” describes the tRump maladministration less inaptly than “human”.

  • Ninja0980

    So much for draining the swamp.

    • CottonBlimp

      Only if you think “the swamp” is political corruption. The Trumpsuckers think “the swamp” are gays, coloreds, and Jews.

  • John Ruff

    To quote Congresswoman Maxine Waters, “These people are scumbags!”

    • if the democrats ever get back into power, if there is a country left for them to run, maybe a new law should go into effect that all travel should be by commercial planes, excepting for the president and the vice runner up.

  • Hank
  • William

    You do know that the airlines allow the huddled masses on board airliners?

  • FelineMama

    See, this is why we can’t have nice things, needy things, like healthcare, etc. Our H&HS ‘Suckatary’ needs to charter jets at our expense. DICK!!!

    • Snarkaholic

      And an extra 40 billion dollars for the military…no problem…coming right up!

  • Steverino

    The Price is wrong.

    • Snarkaholic

      The Price is Shite.

  • JWC

    This mans eyes , his entire face, is that of a man who show no emotion slaughtering kittens and puppies . He would look great in a Black SS unifrorm

  • Happy_Housewife

    He’s the HHS secretary! He can’t fly commercial! He might run into the people he’s supposed to represent.

  • netxtown

    a bit more Elton for the day…..

    on his wallpaper on his tablet and phone, it says:

    I’m a bitch, I’m a bitch oh, the bitch is back
    Stone cold sober as a matter of fact
    I can bitch, I can bitch ’cause I’m better than you
    It’s the way that I move, the things that I do oh

    with a button that says: “click here to let them eat cake”

  • netxtown

    His head and neck always reminds me of a Tootsie-pop….

    • Gianni

      What flavor?

  • netxtown

    It could be that commercial travel wasn’t available since all the airlines decided it was in the best interest of all their other passengers to not have angry old white, selfish, backstabbing, egotistical republican douche and windbag on board…..

  • JCF

    Swamp The Drain!

  • Kissmagrits

    Draining the swamp….one charter or first class booking at a time

  • boatboy_srq

    Dear tRumpets: this is where your yuuge tax cuts are actually going.

  • So folks, when your granny or grandpops can’t get Meals on Wheels due to the program being cut, thank the over spending cheetolini administration. They are happily cutting our safety nets to fund their gold plated lifestyle.

  • Bert_Bauer

    Another fine example of conservative “fiscal responsibility”.

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