A little while back, former HHS Secretary Tom Price resigned his post in the Trump Administration.
He lost his job as a result of a report coming out revealing that he spent around a million dollars of taxpayer money flying around on a private jet.
As you can imagine, the optics of that weren’t ideal. Trump was clearly very upset about the message Price’s actions sent and he let him know it.
The liberal media was all over the story but for some odd reason, they haven’t been as outraged about a similar story that is floating around this week.
Former heads of the Department of the Interior spent $971,643 chartering non-commercial flights over a six year period, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar spent $586,196 on non-commercial flights over three years. Salazar took 48 such trips from 2010 to 2012, including flights on Interior Department-owned and chartered aircraft, according to travel records.
Salazar’s successor, former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, took 33 trips on chartered flights from 2013 to 2016. Jewell’s flights cost $385,438, according to Interior Department records prepared for congressional investigators.
The news comes as top Trump administration officials take heat for chartering flights at taxpayer expense. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is one of those officials under fire.
Gee, that’s weird. Why isn’t the media focusing on that waste?
While we are on the subject let’s take a little stroll down memory lane and look at the some financial decisions the Obama’s made on vacations.
From Washington Examiner:
The final tab for former President Obama’s eight years of family travel to ski resorts, beaches and European cities has finally come in and the bill is $99,714,527.82.
Judicial Watch, the taxpayer watchdog group that has shifted its attention to President Trump’s travel costs, said it just received some of the last responses to Obama-era Freedom of Information Act requests for trip costs from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Secret Service.
That’s a pretty decent chunk of taxpayer money to be throwing around on vacations.
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
The Trump administration shouldn’t be flying around on private jets if they can avoid it and Obama shouldn’t have either.
However, it’s pretty outrageous for the MSM to give Obama a pass while calling for Tom Price’s head.
Isn’t it interesting how they pick and choose when they want to care about taxpayer money?
They didn’t seem to mind when Obama was doing things like this.
From Heritage Foundation:
The number and cost of federal regulations increased substantially in 2015, as regulators continued to tighten restrictions on American businesses and individuals. The addition of 43 new major rules last year increased annual regulatory costs by more than $22 billion, bringing the total annual costs of Obama Administration rules to an astonishing $100 billon-plus in just seven years.
The effects of this rampant rulemaking are widespread. Among them: higher energy rates from the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan”; increased food prices for both people and pets as a result of excessively prescriptive food production standards; restricted access to credit for consumers and small businesses under Dodd–Frank financial regulations; fewer health care choices and higher medical costs because of the Affordable Care Act; and reduced Internet investment and innovation under the network neutrality rules dictated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
On-Budget Costs of Regulation. As the number of regulations grows, so does government spending on regulatory enforcement. According to the latest budget figures compiled by Susan Dudley and Melinda Warren (of George Washington University and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively), administering red tape in fiscal year 2015 was forecast to cost taxpayers more than $57 billion, an increase of 4.3 percent over 2014, and 83 percent more than in 2001. Part of the cost is the increasing number of regulators who write and enforce ever more rules. Dudley and Warren report that there were 277,000 employees at regulatory agencies in 2015, an all-time high.
The taxpayers didn’t seem to matter there.
That’s the tip of the iceberg.
It’s probably a good idea for liberals to just never say anything about taxpayer money.
It’s meant nothing to them for years and years and years.
Did Price make a mistake? Sure, you can make that argument. However, it’s not like that wasn’t the status quo. In many ways it was. He should have been smarter than that though and he ended up helping Trump send a pretty solid “drain the swamp” message.
The way things have been done for years is over and Trump has made that pretty clear.