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Liberal media goes in for the kill on Tom Price. Trump should resist



Tom Price has been targeted for nearly a year by liberal media. The Secretary of HHS was a fan favorite of liberal media attacks for decades, as he wound his way through Georgia politics. Certain people become targets when they consistently touch liberal trip-wire issues like abortion and socialized medicine.


It might have been Price’s membership in the AAPS, a physician group dedicated to “fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine.” It might have been his unapologetic Christianity. It might have been his success as a medical doctor.

Price certainly picked the right specialty: orthopedic surgeon. His net worth is somewhere north of $10 million, which is par for the course for a good orthopedic surgeon who’s been practicing for 20 years. In the conservative Georgia 6th district, Price easily won the seat occupied by Johnny Isakson when Isakson became a senator, and held it for twelve years.

Now the left-wing media has thrown the kitchen sink at Price to get him out of politics. Having a renowned medical doctor who is opposed to socialized medicine, pro-life, and conservative to the core is simply too much for the left to tolerate. They have declared war on Price like they did with John Ashcroft in President George W. Bush’s first term. No issue is too small or insignificant to avoid becoming a scandal.

Here’s a short list of them, as Erick Erickson of The Resurgent, as an Atlanta-based radio host, has been keeping track.


Now the media thinks they’ve found the “kill shot” with this private jet fiasco. It’s really a nothing story. Cabinet-level officials travel on military, government jets all the time. I don’t think John Kerry set foot on a commercial airliner for his entire term. Technically, the White House is supposed to reserve private jets for national-security purposes, so the Secretary of State would be “entitled.” When Price travels using privately chartered jets, it simply becomes a cost and budget issue.

It’s really funny that Democrats who favor billions in wasteful programs and sinecure appointments for like-minded political cronies to run those programs, have a problem with $400,000 of private jet flights. In fact, President Obama approved 22 percent more government flights in its first eight months than Trump’s administration. This isn’t about money, or waste. It’s about targeting Tom Price.

Trump White House approved fewer military flights by officials than Obama’s team | McClatchy Washington Bureau the White House faces criticism over costly taxpayer-funded travel, the Trump administration released new statistics showing it authorized fewer flights on military aircraft by senior government officials than Barack Obama’s staff did. There were 77 so-called White House support missions authorized between Jan. 20 and Sept. 19, according to statistics compiled by the White House military office. By comparison, there were 94 such flights during the first eight months of Obama’s tenure.

Price is worth millions. He has offered to reimburse the government for the flights, which he can well afford, and not fly on chartered jets any more. The story should end there, but again, the liberal press wants Price gone.

The Takeaway

What’s next? Expect the media and various elements of Antifa or other “protest” groups to stake out airports where Price is headed. Democrats in Congress have already reportedly demanded Price’s schedule, in a transparently partisan attempt at “oversight” so they can leak details to their media buddies. Watch for the conflicts, the sound bites, and the drum-beat to make Price the story (and not Trump). As the stories pile up, Trump will be more open to firing Price for the venal sin of taking the Boss’s spotlight.

They’ll repeat the narrative, “the President’s mad as hell.” They’ll shove microphones in the faces of fleeing Republicans, who will desperately try to make Capitol elevator doors close faster, shouting questions about what they think about Price’s flights. They’ll bring up the discredited and debunked stock trade stories as if they’re fresh news. They’ll pester and pick until the scabs bleed.

This isn’t journalism. It’s activism. Look at all the coordinated attacks, starting with former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s claim he was investigating Price when he was fired by Trump. Bharara is now working for CNN as an analyst. How convenient.


How much longer can Tom Price remain in Trump’s cabinet? | MSNBC controversy surrounding HHS Secretary Tom Price’s private-jet travel has steadily grown more serious over the last week, and it’s hardly unreasonable to think in a normal administration, the far-right cabinet secretary would have to resign in disgrace. What we don’t know, however, is whether Price’s boss is thinking along these lines. It’s worth noting for context that a month ago, the president spoke to the Boy Scout Jamboree, and Price was on hand for the event.

Donald Trump now has two reasons to oust HHS Secretary Tom Price from his post. Will he?

Will Trump Fire Tom Price Over Private Flights? – The Atlantic a series of stories spotlighted the secretary of Health and Human Services’s expensive, taxpayer-funded travel, the president said he was unhappy.

Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, has garnered widespread condemnation for his use of taxpayer-funded charter jets, and on Wednesday he gained another noisy critic: his boss. “I was looking into it and I will look into it,” President Trump said of Price’s travel. I let him know it.” Trump declined to say whether he had confidence in Price.

Price in Trump’s crosshairs as expensive travel scrutinized – CNNPolitics White House said Thursday it was considering adopting new oversight of administration officials’ use of private planes as President Donald Trump’s health boss — who announced he would pay back the government for only part of his series of charter flights — finds his job in jeopardy.

Republicans fume over Tom Price’s use of private jets – CNNPolitics is waning on Capitol Hill for HHS Tom Price who reportedly spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on privately chartered flights

Final Thoughts

This is so obviously a coordinated smear attempt. The same tactics were used in the early 2000s to get rid of another favorite target of the media: John Ashcroft. His religious faith, conservative credentials, and decades in politics simply caused too much headache for the Bush administration, that was fighting three wars. Two wars against terrorist enemies, and one against the media.

The liberal press cabal had also targeted Jeff Sessions, but is now more sympathetic to him since he was berated by Trump. They’d love to see Sessions fired because it hurts Trump. With Price, it seems they want to see him gone simply because he’s Tom Price. Sessions and Price enable two of Trump’s signature campaign promises: peeling back Obamacare and enforcing immigration law. Trump resisted firing Sessions. He needs to resist firing Price.

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The Money Pit: California’s not-so-high-speed rail



Have you heard this story, a couple finds a million dollar distress sale mansion on the market for a mere $200,000? Some upgrades are needed, but overall it’s a bargain. What ensues is comedic brilliance as the owners find out the house is barely standing. They pour more and more money into the house in the classic Tom Hank’s comedy “The Money Pit.”

Just like this movie, the California High-Speed Rail has become our Money Pit, but unlike the movie, this is no laughing matter.

In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, a $9.95 billion bond to partially fund an 800-mile high-speed electric train traveling up to 220 mph. The goal would be that the state would fund a third, one-third by the federal government, and the last third via private investment. Total cost was estimated at $35 billion.

What has transpired since 2008? No more federal funding and no private funding. From 800-miles we went to 520 miles, as a cost savings measure. From 220 mph we are at 110 mph in large sections of the rail, to save money of course, and a possible completion date of 2020, is now estimated to be completed by 2033.

With all these cost-saving measures you would assume the cost would come down. Unfortunately, for California taxpayers, this money pit keeps getting worse.

The price tag for all these cost-saving measures brought to you by the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the California Legislature is currently estimated at $77.3 billion. But wait you want more savings and fiscal responsibility, too bad, because this $77.3 billion estimate may ultimately cost California taxpayers $98.1 billion. My prediction is it will be even higher.

At this point, it might be cheaper and faster to build a Death Star instead. Not to mention more useful.

This is not what the voters were promised. We did not approve a not-so-high-speed train with a price tag most likely ten times the initial projected cost to California taxpayers.

This boondoggle of a money pit must be stopped. Those billions can be used to help repair our roads, highways, bridges, dams, water reservoirs, and critical infrastructure.

If elected to be California’s next State Controller and Chief Financial Officer, I will look at all legal means to cut funding to this project. In my opinion, if we bought one thing and are getting something else, then the authorization to fund this project has not been authorized by the people, and thus the Controller may have the legal authority to stop payment until the project complies with Proposition 1A.

I hope, I won’t have to do this, and the Legislature does its job and kills this project. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We made a promise to taxpayers to be good stewards of their trust and money. Let’s restore that trust and do the right thing, and let’s put an end to this money pit.

Konstantinos Roditis is a candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook.

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Guns and Crime

When gun control failed, SRO saves Maryland school



2 students and a suspect were injured in a shooting that took place in southern Maryland. The shooter has since been announced dead. He used a handgun which are highly regulated due to Maryland’s strict gun control. Following the Parkland shooting, Governor Hogan proposed putting a lockbox on casino revenues to be used to fund security in school. This would be the first serious attempt to use the casino money, which was supposed to be for schools, for their intended purpose. In response to today’s incident, other counties, such as Carroll County, are placing deputies in schools as a direct response to the shooting in St. Mary’s County.

The Story

ABC: Student suspect dead, girl critical, boy stable after shooting at Great Mills HS in Md.

The suspect, a student, is dead after a shooting Tuesday morning at a high school in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, that has left a girl in critical condition and a boy in stable condition, according to authorities.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at Great Mills High School and that police are on the scene. ABC7’s Brad Bell said sources first told him that the shooter was a student, as were the two victims. Police later confirmed that the shooter was a student. Police also confirmed that a school resource officer took action to end the threat and authorities confirmed the incident has been contained.

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital identified the victims as a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. They say the two were taken to them at around 8:15 a.m. and that the girl was later taken to the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center.

The Takeaway

Being uninformed, deliberately or ignorantly, many on the left will use this as a rallying point for gun control. But as a Marylander, I can attest to Maryland having some of the strictest laws in the country. These laws failed to prevent this incident, as they have failed to curb Baltimore’s crime. Too many on the right, as well are just as uninformed about current laws. We can’t begin to talk about gun control when the population is so desperately malnourished of facts. We can, however, contemplate the issuance of SROs in schools or other means of security such as allowing teachers to voluntarily undergo concealed carry training.

Alas, leftists are saying the SRO went in knowing that an AR-15 wasn’t being used. No, the SRO did his job unlike those cowards in the corrupt Broward Sheriff’s Office. They are trained to engage whatever the gun, because confrontation saves lives. This SRO is a hero. I look forward to knowing his name. Thankfully, only the perpetrator is dead, and together let us pray that the two students recover.


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Hypocrisy? Abortionist acknowledges an unborn as a moral person



One of the beauties about twitter is that when an abortionist as proud as Leah Torres, they are subject to a ongoing ratio-ing. It’s rare for the pro-abortion side to presents such an evil or semi-honest advocate. You may have already seen a number of vile tweets in which this serial killer (3 or more premeditated murders with resting period in-between) proudly acknowledges her work. This is a person who kills babies out of intrinsic motivation, which is perhaps worse than financial.

Okay, that’s enough. Now, I wanted to point out this tweet where she shows a very different attitude towards the unborn.

It’s sad that people would allow a baby killer to deliver a fetus into the world. It’s also sad and ironic that she ascribes moral worth to a baby about to be born that isn’t undergoing an abortion.

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