When Pigs Fly

From HIVE at Vanity Fair:

Way back in 2009, when fiscal austerity was still in vogue, Congressman Tom Price was among the most hawkish lawmakers on the issue of government spending. “This is just another example of fiscal irresponsibility run amok,” he cried on CNBC, denouncing the use of private jets by Congress. But at some point, the former orthopedist lost his way. Earlier this year, after he was nominated by Donald Trump to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, reports emerged that Price had “traded more than $300,000 in shares of health-related companies over the past four years while sponsoring and advocating legislation that potentially could affect those companies’ stocks.”


Yes, the good life seemed to go to Price’s head, and the gravy train hasn’t stopped since he joined the Trump administration. Earlier this week, we learned that Price had taken a page from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s playbook and decided to spend thousands of dollars in taxpayer money on private jets when commercial flights (or Amtrak, or a car) would have sufficed.


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Now, new details of Price’s jet habit reveal that the initial flights flagged by Politico weren’t just a one-time expense. According to a follow-up report, Price has taken at least 24 flights on chartered planes since early May, at an estimated cost of $300,000 to taxpayers. In the second week of September alone, the H.H.S. secretary reportedly took five flights that clocked in at around $60,000, on trips to Maine, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, the latter of which is approximately 140 miles from D.C.


Maybe Price—whose predecessor in her five-plus years on the job took one chartered plane to a remote area of Alaska that was otherwise unreachable—had a really good reason that he didn’t get the chance to explain? Like that he simply couldn’t bear the idea of potentially being delayed at an airport for a commercial flight, like some kind of commoner? Per The Washington Post:

After Tom Price was sworn in as health and human services secretary, the Georgia Republican faced an inconvenience known to millions of Americans: His flight was delayed, an aide said, and he was forced to spend hours at an airport. The delay left Price a no-show at an early public appearance his office helped plan.


It’s all in the name of the people, of course. “This is Secretary Price, getting outside of D.C., making sure he is connected with the real American people,” Charmaine Yoest, Price’s assistant secretary for public affairs, explained to the Post. “Wasting four hours in an airport and having the secretary cancel his event is not a good use of taxpayer money.”

Of course, the incident wherein Price was delayed happened just once, according to his spokesperson’s account. But apparently it was so distressing that Price decided the mere thought of being inconvenienced again was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money.


On Friday, a spokeswoman for HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson said the agency will be reviewing “the justification made by Price and his staff for the trips.”


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6 responses to “When Pigs Fly

  1. Just another repub who is among one of the gate keeper’s henchmen. Yep they are all about “making America great again” as they use tax payers money. Furthermore as you wrote in this post, he is also a crook. Wonders never cease!

    Is there no one among Model T’s aides, associates and, cabinet members who might be a reputable human being?

  2. Sherry Shirk

    Brilliant as always, nonnie. But damn if I can laugh much these days. Love you. Sherry

    • Thanks you, Ms Sherry. If I don’t laugh at them, my head will explode. Seriously, it’s just too much. I wake up every day, turn on the news and await the latest horror. The natural disasters that have been occurring one after another would be hard to take. Dump a shitload of Twitler’s nonsense on top of that, and it’s unbearable. I saw Hillary on Joy Reid’s show today. I sat here and cried over what might have been. 😥

  3. August

    que sera sera ….. IOKIYAR

    • Nice to see you again, August. I think that should be the Rethug slogan. Not que sera sera, IOKIYAR, because none of their other excuses make any sense. 😡