Trump Continues to Drain His Own Swamp
It would be easy to make a joke about the Price being wrong, or that every politician has his Price, but the mess that has been uncovered within the Trump Administration is embarrassing, to say the least.
As I have written here before, I don’t like Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price. So, when it was disclosed that he racked up more than a million dollars in government jet use for personal travel, I wasn’t surprised. He is a superficial, first-class B.S. artist.
Knowing some of his constituents in Georgia colored my view of Price before Trump placed him in his cabinet. Many Georgians complained about Price’s lack of attention to details and his slow or absent response to letters that were written to him about critical local issues. His “nobody is home” M.O. was a troubling elitism that the Donald obviously didn’t uncover in his “extreme vetting” of the team he assembled to help run the administration.
Trump will probably justify this firing by the total failure of the health care bills and the fact that Congress couldn’t repeal and replace of Obamacare; a sin worthy of dismissal, if only we knew what the President’s plan really was. There was never any concrete legislation created by the White House. If our great Orange Leader was depending on Tom Price to write that, well, it never got done.
The Washington Post (9-29-2017) claimed, “House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and former House speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia had pushed for the then-congressman to lead HHS, arguing that Price’s medical and policy expertise and congressional ties could help Trump deliver on his vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act.” It’s too bad that President Trump can’t fire Newt Gingrich and expunge his ill-effect on government. We already know that Paul Ryan is a classic politician who does whatever the party says, rather than what America wants.
It was rather obvious that some of Tom Price’s stock trading in the medical and pharmaceutical industries was in direct conflict with his duty as a representative in Congress. It wouldn’t take Inspector Clouseau long to figure out that something was rotten with Dr. Price.
And this points to a serious problem with the talent pool on Capitol Hill. Just because Price was a doctor and a member of Congress, wouldn’t that make him, theoretically, a member of the sleazy underworld that Trump dubbed “the swamp?” Why do we have so many doctors in Congress? Maybe they can make more money in Congress than private practice? Time to investigate them all!
Politico broke the story about Price’s misuse of government funds to the tune of more than $400,000, with another $500,000 tacked on for overseas flights. The most brazen offense being a $25,000 jet flight from DC to Philadelphia, which would have cost no more than $700 round trip on a commercial airliner or a $265 first class ride on Amtrak. You know, the one that Joe Biden used to take every day.
The fallout on this one proves that Donald J. Trump is unaware of how the government works and how people will scam their way around rules and policies, just like he does. This PriceGate shows the fallacy about the belief that America needs a good business man to run the government. We must have gotten a bad one.
So far, Trump has fired more people in nine months than most administrations dismiss in four years. And some of the reasons for these firings were damn good: lying, creating conflict, leaking, using extreme vulgarities, ignoring the Logan Act, being ineffective communication, treason and bilking taxpayers out of money. Where did Trump get these people?
Tom Price is only the tip of the iceberg in an administration which is being run like a family business, with the patriarch and owner existing in a shiny world of hyperbole and vagueness. Trump truly believes that as long as he peppers his speech with catch phrases and slogans, everything back at the office is running smoothly. There seems to be no oversight until it’s too late or until some First Amendment outlet gets in the way.
The United States of America is a public company, Donald, and the stockholders are the millions of hard-working Americans who deserve a real president. Either step up and lead, or get out of the way. We don’t care what you think about football players. That is not your domain.
We care about repairing peoples’ lives in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. We care about help needed by the middle-class and how the rich should not get more benefits than they deserve. Of course, the heath care issues still need attention as well. And by the way, we have countries vowing to destroy us and you can’t afford to take your eyes off that ball. So how about starting to work on these things instead of draining your swamp?
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