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

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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.

Background

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.

Analysis

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

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article175507341.htmlAs 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.

Perspectives

How much longer can Tom Price remain in Trump’s cabinet? | MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-much-longer-can-tom-price-remain-trumps-cabinetThe 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

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/the-price-is-wrong/541314/After 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

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/28/politics/trump-tom-price-planes/index.htmlThe 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

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/28/politics/congress-reaction-tom-price-flights/index.htmlPatience 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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