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Still has a shot at Secretary of Foreheads

Georgia Rep. Tom Price, Donald Trump’s pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, is about as ethically conflicted as anyone who’s won Trump’s love, and is posing for his closeup before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today. Yes, that’s even though news just broke that he’d purchased shares in a medical device company right before introducing legislation which ended up making the stock a lot more valuable. It’s nice work if you can get it! The Trump transition team is quite certain it’s no big, since the shares were purchased by a broker, not by Price himself, so maybe he didn’t know he was going to enrich himself, and what do you plebs have against hard-working people making money anyway are you communists you probably are!

The deets on the deed, from CNN:

Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN.

Less than a week after the transaction, the Georgia Republican congressman introduced the HIP Act, legislation that would have delayed until 2018 a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulation that industry analysts warned would significantly hurt Zimmer Biomet financially once fully implemented.

OK, but that’s really not so shocking, is it? The regulation would have made all medical doohickeys less profitable, probably, not just the ones made by the company Zimmer owned stock in, and we also know that all regulations are bad, so therefore delaying one that would personally make him money is merely a happy side effect of his strong principles. Clearly, any fool can see that.

Nonetheless, three Democratic senators seem to think maybe it would be a good idea to slow things down a bit and delay Price’s confirmation until his ethics issues have been investigated. Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, and Tammy Baldwin (who would look great on a poster together, we are just saying) are asking for a postponement of Price’s hearings because of other medical investments he’s made, to the tune of some $300,000 in stocks that could have been influenced by legislation Price sponsored and supported. Price has also reportedly helped campaign donors get approval for drugs and medical devices, which may sound bad, but is really just very aggressive constituent service. You might almost get the impression that Price saw his legislative job as a way of lining his pockets, which is just silly, because who ever heard of a public servant doing such a thing? Besides, the Trump transition team says everything Price did was within the law, and if you can’t trust Team Trump, then who can you expect to ruin your life once they’re in power?

And then there’s Price’s dedication to gutting the ACA, privatizing Medicare, and letting medical providers get at seniors’ life savings through deceptive billing practices, but there’s no suggestion he’d get rich off those — screwing patients is more a matter of principle for him in those areas.

In any case, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee doesn’t even get a vote on Price’s nomination — they’re holding the hearings, sure, but the vote on whether to advance his nomination to the full Senate will be held by the Senate Finance Committee, which hasn’t even set a hearing date yet. Price will probably get all his conflicts of interest taken care of by then, and if not, it should be easy enough to simply reframe them as not actually a problem, because as everyone knows, ethics are for little people.

[CNN / Politico]

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  • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

    The medical device industry ponders what is Tom’s Price.

    • Nounverb911

      All of it, Katie.

    • Tallmutha

      As long as my penis pump is covered, it’s all good.

  • Nounverb911

    “All I’m doing is trying catch up to Betsy DeVos’s fortune.”
    –Tom Price

  • h4rr4r

    Ethics issues?
    Why is this not a case for the SEC?

    Seems like a clear case of insider trading.

    • o’look Skwerl!

      Congresscritters are exempt from the law.

      • h4rr4r

        Why in the hell not?
        I thought this was addressed in 2012?

        • o’look Skwerl!

          They repassed quietly it about a week later when the spotlight was no longer on the issue. Bi-partisanly.

          • h4rr4r

            How nice.

            When can we get a real opposition party in this country?

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            We’re it.

          • h4rr4r

            So what are we calling ourselves?
            I feel a run for school board coming on.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      So-called ethics laws erode the entrepreneurial spirit.

      Some Republican is going to say this. Calling it now.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        That’s the Wall Street mantra.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Posted this above, but from the Politico link:

      Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, called for an SEC investigation into whether Price violated the 2011 STOCK Act and other federal laws with his health stock transactions. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN on Tuesday that he thinks Price may have broken the law with a purchase of stock in a medical device company.

      Let’s roll!

      • Little Lulu ResistanceFighter

        NOW!

      • h4rr4r

        I wish, but I don’t expect.

    • PubOption

      The stock involved was Zimmer, Price has been framed.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    The Price Is Shite.

  • ManchuCandidate
  • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

    After listening to Orrin Hatch’s questioning, he has a post Senate career in operating a glory hole biz.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Only the good die young, apparently.

  • Are Trump butt plugs medical devices?

    What about Hitachi Wands?

    • o’look Skwerl!

      They are, but they will cost you your retirement savings.

      • Creepoman

        So you’re telling me they’re free?

  • Me not sure

    The sad fact is that this took a cabinet level nomination to become public. The ethics enforcement of Congress against it’s members is a joke.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      But still terrible enough to merit being abolished. The fact that one of them MIGHT, IN THEORY, get keelhauled is enough to give most GOPpers the shivers.

      • Me not sure

        Frog walk ’em all.

  • Oblios_Cap

    between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares

    He’s not a big risk taker is he? Are you sure he’s a Georgia Republican?

    • SmokinGood

      My guess is that the amount turns out to be just ever so slightly below some mandatory reporting threshold.

      • Oblios_Cap

        So, $14,999?

      • That was my guess

  • memzilla Ω

    Hey, you can’t make an omelet without stealing a few chickens.

  • are you communists

    Well… Bush Jr. and Wall St.’s looting of the world economy pushed me from being a libertarian to being a liberal.

    The continued asshattery of Republicans during the Obama years pushed me from being a liberal to being a democratic socialist.

    So… four years of Trump just might push me from democratic socialism to wearing red and calling for the upper class to be lined up against the nearest wall and shot… with votes, of course…

    • Oblios_Cap

      I am pretty dyed in the wool Socialist, myself.

      • ViveLaPeésistance

        The older I get, the more Socialist I become.

        • House0fTheBlueLights

          I’m so far to the left sometimes I’m afraid I’ll go all the way around the circle and end up back on the right.

    • h4rr4r

      I guess we can credit them for one good thing.

      It took a world recession to fix that? Slow learner?

      • Libertarianism sounds very reasonable in theory. In practice, once you realize that the financial and capital class are largely made up of greedy, stupid, short-sighted assholes who would destroy the company that hired them, the world economy, and millions of people’s lives for a good quarterly bonus, the whole theory breaks down pretty fast.

        • h4rr4r

          Fun fact, same thing turned me off communism.

          Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.

          • Oblios_Cap

            The Dictatorship of the Proletariat phase is a real bitch to bring to a close.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          I like the anaolgy of two libertarians, neither of whom wants to live downstream of the other. Ain’t enough rivers in the world.

    • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

      Wobblie syndicalist here. Friends and family just nod their heads when the topic comes up.

      • JH Marx, Resister

        I was gobsmacked years ago when I saw the Wobblies had a web site.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Re:libertarianism

      I’m going to suggest this link for light reading:

      http://www.zompist.com/libertos.html

      For the record, I have friends who identify as Left Libertarians. But that’s not the problematic big L Libertarianism.

      • To a degree I regard Libertarians as RW and Anarchists as Libertarians on the LW

      • h4rr4r

        Lefty Libertarians are the big L ones.
        Right Libertarians stole that name.

        • C4TWOMAN

          Most registered lefty L’s bailed from the official party in 2008 when Ron Paul’s Newsletters resurfaced and no one on the forum, not even Rockwell, was answering their questions. There were a lot of bannings tho….

          Basically the L party used lefties to build a base. Then told them to go screw themselves–the Party no longer needed to pretend to be tolerant. Yeah, it’s one big scam.

    • arglebargle

      I thought the color scheme was more of an olive drab. Are you telling me I need to go shopping?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Why did Trotsky wear red suspenders?

      • Mr. Blobfish

        To keep his pants up?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Larry Noble, general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group… said Price’s motivations may have been pure, but the timing of the stock purchase raises eyebrows.

    “When you join the government, you are held to a higher standard,” Noble said. “And you are supposed to work for the public and not for yourself.”

    The next four years are going to be even longer for Larry than they are for me. Keep up the good fight, man!

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, called for an SEC investigation into whether Price violated the 2011 STOCK Act and other federal laws with his health stock transactions. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN on Tuesday that he thinks Price may have broken the law with a purchase of stock in a medical device company.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4aa565e1174efc18b53d6d0731b04e44387ed0923e5bb1b073cda95f6faa516e.jpg

    • h4rr4r

      I wish I could believe something will actually happen.

      • ViveLaPeésistance

        “Me, too.”- Martha Stewart

        • h4rr4r

          When was she a congresscritter?

  • Vincent Ricola

    I’ve been watching the Tom Price confirmation and it’s infuriating. This man puts the “asshole jerkoff” in the “corrupt asshole jerkoff” soup.

  • Nounverb911
    • Wild Cat

      Eurasia vs. Eastasia. Corruption Is Morality.

      Get used to the new normal.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        We have always been grifting off Eastasia.

    • SmokinGood

      Shocked. I am it.

    • Isn’t that pretty much the definition of “insider trading”? Is that still illegal, or are we officially dropping all pretenses that the rich have to follow the rules?

      • calliecallie

        Martha Stewart might have something to say about that. IOKIYAMR.

  • Oblios_Cap

    O/T, but enquiring minds want to know…

    Where is the Wonkette babby today?

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      “In hiding, waiting for a civilized being to become POTUS!”

      – Donna Rose

      • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

        In hiding, waiting to be POTUS.

        • JH Marx, Resister

          That would be a step down from God Empress!!

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Wherever she is, I know she’s dressed better than I am. Wonkette babby obviously has great fashion sense.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      I MISS HER! I WANT HER BACK!

  • ViveLaPeésistance

    Us: Trump cheats on his taxes.
    Trump Flying Monkey Brigade: That makes him smrt!
    Us: Trump skims off his “charitable” foundation, taking money meant for sick kids.
    TFMB: That makes him smrt!
    Us: Tom Prices uses insider information from his elected position to enrich himself in ways that would get the rest of us fired.
    TFMB: That makes him smrt!
    Do you guys think they will ever wake up? Or are these issues just too complex for the wingnut brain?

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      I don’t think it’s about complexity but rather, ethics. As old as Aristotle.

      • TJ Barke

        6 of one, half dozen of the other.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      It does actually explain a lot tho, that in their worldview literally everyone is out to cheat everyone else. Genuine altruism is as foreign to the TFMB as the touch of the opposite sex.

  • ken_kukec

    Like the good Lord, Price’s discretionary broker helps those who help themselves, I guess.

    • Oblios_Cap

      And works in mysterious ways, his wonders to behold…

  • Vecchioivan

    Dr. Trumpiari’s Cabinet of Deplorables.

    • Wild Cat

      Please . . . not the Judd Nelson remake!!!

  • fawkedifiknow

    Taking money from drug companies and device makers in exchange for prescribing their medicines and using their fancy doo-hickies is just a way of life for quacks like this guy, Price.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Every federal department has its Price.

  • SessileRaptor

    I feel like everyone needs to be introduced to George Washington Plunkett. Plunkett was a member of the Tammany Hall political machine in NYC and would expound on the merits of machine politics to anyone who would listen. A reporter transcribed and published his talks and it’s still a fascinating book. The man literally wanted his gravestone to read “I seen my opportunities and I took ’em.”

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2810

    • ken_kukec

      They need to learn Plunkett’s distinction between “honest and dishonest graft.”

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    “Not actually illegal” is the GOP’s ethical compass.

    • ViveLaPeésistance

      And “I was never indicted.”

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        “I was only indicted. Never convicted.”

      • SmokinGood

        “It was settled out of court, with no admission of wrongdoing.”

        • Vecchioivan

          “And they all lived happily ever after.”

      • shastakoala

        I know you are but what am I?

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      “The Supreme Court has never specifically said it violated the Constitution.”

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      “we passed legislation to enshrine this sort of behavior as acceptable” is the GOP’s ethics approach

    • Shibusa

      “Mistakes were made.”

    • OneYieldRegular

      “I’m the President, see? I can do what I want.”

  • Mavenmaven

    anti-vaxx pro-kickbacks

  • Nounverb911
  • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

    So while we’re worrying about Trump’s nominees, guess who is considering becoming your next governor of California? It’s Petey! Is it me or does his support for a “California Exit” campaign seem like a backdoor way to his white nationalist dreams?
    https://qz.com/885995/peter-thiel-considers-california-governor-bid-for-2018/

    • Nounverb911

      I read on the internets that he will sue anyone that doesn’t vote for him.

      • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

        That sounds like a joke now but imagine what would happen if someone like him, who has a record of anti-immigrant (specifically black and brown immigrants) and racist beliefs, has control over a state like California. Trump’s win opened the floodgates.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      California Exit is supported by Thiel and Russia? Why on Earth would Russia, as it seeks world domination under Putin, be interested in the U.S. fragmenting and breaking apart?

      I can’t wrap my head around it – it’s too fiendishly complex!

      • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

        Who knows? Maybe they just want to see the U.S. fall apart. You know? That contrarian/disruptive thing?

    • Historicat

      We need our own candidate in that election – Callyson for Governor!

  • Ilgattomorte

    The Trump team is demanding an apology for the attacks on Price, so I did some research. The definition of ethics:

    eth·icsˈ/eTHiks/ noun
    plural noun: ethics; noun: ethics
    1. moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity.

    The Trump team my be right. Price is a an extreme right-wing politician who,by definition, has no morals to speak of. So therefore, the moral principles under which he acts can be inherently evil and/or self-benefiting and still be considered ethical, under the strict definition of ethics.

    Under that strict definition, I believe the Democrats should withdraw their accusation, apologize for calling Price unethical and simply state that he is a douchebag.

    • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

      You’re throwing furrin Greek and French words around. Sad! /s

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    There’s a toilet under there, right? His face says, “Yes.”
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/821772494864580614

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Standing in for Donald Trump is the embalmed corpse of Donald Trump.

      • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

        the people at Tussaud’s Wax museum are doing good work these days.

        • CogitoErgoBibo

          Funny you should mention that. They’re already on it. http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/18/politics/trump-waxwork-madame-tussauds/

          • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

            OMG. the UK red fox population is proud of the sacrifice one of their own took to sit on the statue’s head and maybe eyebrows.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            I was just wondering what colors they’d pick, since the original is so variable from one day to the next.

          • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

            It probably depends on the acidic content of the pee?

    • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

      Needs moar flags

    • NastyBossetti

      Winter White House? No. The White House is the White House in every season.
      I do like how the pad is flipped up so you can’t see that it’s totally blank. That desk looks like it has never been used.

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        Well, and more proof that he’s computer illiterate. I can’t imagine anyone in politics (other than him) drafting in longhand. Guess that makes him a “job creator.” Someone has to transcribe his chickenscratch.

        • NastyBossetti

          I’m surprised he is not dictating it to someone who CAN use a computer.

          • SmokinGood

            You can’t doodle boobs on a word processor.

          • NastyBossetti

            You’re not trying hard enough!

          • SmokinGood

            Sorry. Let me rephrase.
            Donald Trump can’t doodle boobs on a word processor.

          • Nounverb911
          • CogitoErgoBibo

            Of course, we’re both presuming that he’s writing it at all. No matter what he says, I’m presuming it will be ghosted.

          • NastyBossetti

            You’re right. Does anyone actually believe he’s writing it?

        • House0fTheBlueLights

          Actually a lot of writers draft in longhand. Someone told him that, so he’s doing it to look smrt. However, an actual writer would likely be using foolscap, for the greater length and because the yellow color is easier on the eyes (source: professional writer who uses foolscap for initial drafts)

      • Nounverb911
        • Antonin Dvorak

          In the past, he has tried to sue PBI because of the noise, so I’m sure he’d be all for it.

          • Nounverb911

            I fly into PBI to visit my parents, is it even bigly enough to stuff a 747 into it?

          • PubOption

            He can use Hair Force One, and bill the government.

    • Nounverb911
      • Thiazin Red

        I feel like that baboon and my cat would get along. They have similar views on the issue of should they knock my stuff off the table.

        • LucindathePook

          This always reminds me of the “Fuck this, fuck that, fuck these two things, fuck this in particular” cat gif. And I ROTFL.

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      That picture is politically obscene.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      If you leave your jacket on while you write, the cuffs wear, and your jackets look like shit.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        He was only sitting there long enough for the photo to be taken. Of that, I’m 100% certain.

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago! FFS, he really is a complete shit bag.

      • jowgajen

        There is some history to that. Marjorie Merriweather Post originally built Mar-a-Lago with some idea that she would give it to the government to be a Winter White House.

        • CogitoErgoBibo

          And not unprecedented. Truman had his “Little White House” in Key West. https://www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com/

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          That is somewhat appropriate in that the current owner, the Russian Puppet, is really stickin…giving it to the American people now.

      • Lizzietish81

        You know who else has a Winter Palace?

      • Rick Hill

        I wouldn’t be doing any vacaying there, on the off chance there is a gawd with a bag of hurricanes waiting to do some smiting

      • exinkwretch

        “Winter Whorehouse” has a nice ring to it.

        • Rick Hill

          No, she’s staying in NY

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      He’s on the first half of the first page, and he’s already stymied?

      • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

        Hell, he’s still on the first LINE.

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          Dear Penthouse, I never thought it would happen to me,

      • Rick Hill

        Stymied?! No way. He only had the pad for a photo op. He’s going to wing the speech. You can bet on it

    • SmokinGood
    • Jenny

      And his speech will be a horrible garbled mess and everyone will be like really it took three weeks for him to come up with this shit?? Impeach!

    • Mr. Blobfish

      What a dumb person thinks smart people look like.

    • Nounverb911

      That office looks foreign, Russian maybe?

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        Having trouble seeing the puppet strings, myself (even though I know they’re there).

    • Mr. Blobfish

      F-A-R-T!!!

    • Shibusa

      Even he knows that it would be awful. It’s all about lowering expectations. He has a ghost-writer, for sure.

    • Jenny

      Also who sits down to write a long speech in a tiled chair?

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      JESUS H FUCKING CHRIST DON’T CALL IT THE WINTER WHITE HOUSE YOU FUCKING AWFUL PERSON AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH HELP ME HELP help sob

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        (the likker ain’t workin’ anymore)

        • Rick Hill

          Try some Kroc….

    • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

      ???

    • Rick Hill

      I’d bet my laast dime that pad is blank or pertaining to his other business interests

    • Suttree

      I’m surprised he didn’t call it the Winter Palace. I’d bet he is unaware of what happened to the Romanovs.

      • Rick Hill

        Give him time, he’ll come around to the ruling mindset, once he gets his legs under him

    • PubOption

      Does he mean Winter Palace?

    • OneYieldRegular

      Gah! Did he get that eagle sculpture from Ross Perot?

    • Paul

      He hasn’t written a fucking thing!!!!!!!1! Otherwise he wouldn’t be holding up the corner of the pad to ensure the page can’t be seen.

      Blank paper, just like all those “files” piled up on the desk at his press conference.

      The real kicker proving it’s a photo-op is he’s holding a pen and not an orange crayon. Fuck this guy eight ways from Sunday.

      ETA Should’ve read further, these points are already made, as usual.

      • DahBoner

        It’ll be his usual stump speech full of blowhard nonsense

    • Lizzietish81

      Misha Collins, my Lord and Savior AND former White House Intern had this in response…

      https://twitter.com/mishacollins/status/821794716857438208

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Reason #6, 453 not to watch the Inauguration. Trump’s speech will be 20 pages of sentence fragments that never express a single whole thought.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Can we rename the position as “Health” and “Human” “Services”?

    • Look Closer

      Let’s rename it Harmful and Hateful Services.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Hey, he left behind this book, To Serve Humans.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Health and Human Sacrifices.

  • Jo Mathie

    Is there anyone in Trump’s cabinet that isn’t absolutely awful? Seriously. I’m asking as a Brit and we did Brexit (sorry about that – I voted to stay). Could everyone stand at the inaugaration together and be electricuted Ala “King Ralph? ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Ralph ( I mean not actually die, but perhaps get their brains re-weird a bit with the whole empathy and compassion parts and perhaps some scientific knowledge thrown in)

    • NastyBossetti

      Sorry, their brains don’t even have the empathy and compassion parts, so there’s nothing to rewire.

      • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

        Perhaps whoever is in charge of the gene pool could issue a recall for recent Republican models.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        You’re being snarky, but Shankar Vedantam has reported that this is the literal truth for rich people.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Who’d believe the first “Billionaire Cabinet” would be full of irredeemable assholes?

      • Rick Hill

        Why, nonsense! If you took a bunch of average Joes of any construction site, I’ll bet you find more than your share of guys who’ve run a scheme that broke laws and made them millions of dollars and don’t even get me started on how many housewives have written legislation for their own benefit, out of their kitchens.

    • Vecchioivan

      The fact that the one guy among all of these wretched people who gets good reviews is nicknamed Mad Dog should tell you something.

      • Jo Mathie

        Yeah, you’re all screwed and I only have one spare room and a blow up mattress for my US friends :(

  • TJ Barke

    I’ve got this medical device, and if you leave it in your pocket you’ll be immune to homosexuality, liberal indoctrination, and whiskey dick. Now, it may look exactly like a rock, and tests may indicate that it’s essentially a piece of basalt, but why are you regulating me? You’re killing the jobs of my bums that I pay for each rock, err, medical device, they bring me, and you’re killing my entrepreneurial spirit!

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      I know just the web sites and AM radio shows you can sell it on.

    • DQKennard

      I felt compelled to look up “whiskey dick”, and now know that (a) it’s alcohol-related erectile dysfunction, and (b) there’s a heavy metal honky-tonk band called “Whiskeydick”, from Yeehaw, Texas. I think that the existence of the latter is a good thing, regardless of whether I would like their music. I am not convinced that “Yeehaw, Texas” is a real place, though it should be.

  • Rick Hill

    But they’re all successful business people! Just wait till they’re grifting the government for OUR benefit! Who’ll be laughing, then?

  • DoILookAmused2u ?
    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Moral arc, etc.
      The lines are going to flatten out for a while, but yeah – the GOPtards and the fundie mentalists are headed for irrelevance. Kicking and screaming (and whining) all the way.

      • DahBoner

        I don’t know how old you are, but my guess is not in our lifetime. This is a coup and they ain’t gonna give up power to Democrats, ever.

    • DahBoner

      Fuck this guy. This is only a snapshot and can turn on a dime depending on what Pooty Poot wants. What a worthless pile of shit.

  • goonemeritus

    If the last 8 years have taught me anything it’s that the Republican bench is deep and overflowing with candidates that are almost indistinguishable from each other in the awfulness.

  • Shibusa

    “FAKE NEWS!” ~ Tom Price

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Well, he’s a rich guy right? So what possible reason would he have to unethically get more richer? And also too, that’s stuff he ALREADY did anyway so he just won’t do that anymore, how can you hold past behavior against him, I mean that’s no indication that he’s going to continue to be a lying, weasly, grifty, pile of thievery, right?

  • Nounverb911

    In a recent WAPO interview, Trump announced he’s planning for 2020 already.

    https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/821698486324383744

  • Rick Hill

    You can see why that party wants to keep poor people from getting entitlements. If they don’t do that to make government efficient then there’s no money for them to steal, I mean earn.

  • Lizzietish81

    I’m surprised Michele Fiore didn’t get a nod what with her medical services experience.

    • C4TWOMAN

      Maybe they’re saving her for the Bureau of Land Management.
      Not sure what post her bosoms would get assigned to….

      • Lance Thrustwell

        You’re saying, because of her huge tracts of land?

      • PubOption

        Something to do with Silicone Valley?

    • Suttree

      Cancer is just fungus amungus! Rub some baking soda on that shit! It’ll clear it right up.

      • MamaBrown

        Hell yeah! All those “doctors” and “researchers” and “scientists” are just sitting around playing solitaire and checking their Instagrams, while they rake in that sweet NIH cash.

  • Suttree

    It’s nice that he is in favor of cutting single people off of Medicaid if they “don’t have jobs or are actively looking for jobs”. Shit like this is always bound to kick as many people off of the rolls as possible.

    • Vecchioivan

      Gotta punish the undeserving poor.

  • Shoto

    Wait: Tom Price is grafty? I thought he was grifty.

    I stand corrected.

    • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

      What’s a little vowel play between consenting adults…know what I mean, wink, wank?

  • DoILookAmused2u ?
    • Shoto

      In addition to being fucking monsters, these people are A Idiots, also, too.

      JFC

    • DahBoner

      Comfort the Comfortable and Aflick the Aflicted

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Red Bird Resistance Engineer

      Fake news!!!!1111@1!!!!

    • BadKitty904

      Thanks, GOPee!

    • ViveLaPeésistance

      “WRONG!!! Weak, sad pollsters using fake liberal facts!!! DJT is a ratings MACHINE !!! Ivanka, get Pootie Poot on the phone. The Fake News is being mean to me again. Hengghhhhh!!!…”

  • Nounverb911

    The Naked Cowboy is still auditioning for the coronation.

    https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/821771603780440065

    • Vecchioivan

      God bless his heart.

    • DahBoner

      Whaaa, is he South America Naked Cowboy, because nYC nekkid is out of season

  • DoILookAmused2u ?
  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Warren just hammered Price on wanting to cut a trillion from Medicare/Medicaid in the next 10 year. He keeps saying that the system is “inefficient” so services won’t be cut; only money will be cut.

    I guess living, breathing people are inefficiencies in the system. He’ll clear that riiiiight up.

  • Nounverb911

    Latest list of entertainment for the coronation has been released.
    https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow/status/821763281148899329

    • Rick Hill

      You know who’s not going to be there? Poppa Chubby

      • DahBoner

        But Trump will try to dub in King Tubby.

    • Wild Cat

      Kate Smith took a Flyer?

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      So Ted Nugent said no? Just kidding. Of course he said yes.

      • Rick Hill

        They need some kind of shit show to take attention away from how small a shitshow it really is

    • Wild Cat

      Are they being paid with Bitcoin or naked children?

    • Celtic_Gnome

      Anybody else out there automatically think George and Barbara Bush’s medical issues appeared now to give them an excuse to not attend the Inauguration?

  • BadKitty904

    OT: Because these “Cabinet” “hearings” are a pointless, GOPee travesty…

    5 Things to Watch for at Trump’s “Inauguration”
    http://www.onionstudios.com/videos/5-things-to-watch-for-at-trumps-inauguration-5074

  • Nounverb911
    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Warren just snagged another 2 minutes of hammering Price by pointing out that the person before her went over by 2 minutes into her own time. You do not shortchange Lizzie.

    • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

      “the Benghazi hearing was 11 hours, you fuckwits.” There, I fixed it.

  • Crystalclear12

    I find it interesting that all of Trump’s appointments so far will increase the death rate in his base with their policies.

    Something. . . something. . . branch you are standing on.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Oooo. Price is “personally offended” by Warren’s laying out the specifics of his grifting. Awww. Poor sensitive little flower.

  • Rick Hill

    Any betting sites taking odds on how many of the trump administration will be doing the perp walk in the next four years?

  • BadKitty904

    Only somewhat OT:

    Republicans Vow Not to Repeal Obamacare without Detailed Plan for Disposing of Patients’ Disease-Ridden Corpses
    http://www.theonion.com/article/republicans-vow-not-repeal-obamacare-without-detai-55069

  • Nounverb911
  • natoslug

    Is there a betting pool yet on how many tries it is going to take Shitgibbon to correctly recite the oath of office? Yes, I realize he can have someone just say it, and then respond with an “I do” but I really hope he tries to say it himself the first twenty or so times.

  • CogitoErgoBibo
    • beingreleased

      There are of course many things wrong with this answer, but here are some things that come to mind:
      1) Sure, he can’t know everything, but lead in the water is a major issue that anyone following the news should know the answer.
      B) As a conservative Republican, I have no doubt that his future answer to the question will be based on what fits his predetermined economic views rather than what the experts at his agency tell him.

    • BadKitty904

      Nor care about.

    • Ducksworthy

      Well, when its 100% lead you have to heat it up to 622 degrees to drink it.

      • ViveLaPeésistance

        He doesn’t know that either.

        • Leonordhardiman

          Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !ud516c:
          On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
          !ud516c:
          ➽➽
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          • ViveLaPeésistance

            What did you do with Lori?

    • Kooolest G

      the correct answer is “depends on the color of the person drinking it”

      • Unpresidented Ron

        This is why you read the talking points and evasions manual BEFORE your hearing.

  • Nounverb911
    • DahBoner

      A lesser Jewish festival?

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Oh nos! Now Babs Bush is in the hospital (fatigue & coughing) and Bush 41 is in intensive care (in recovery after a “procedure”). So sayeth MSNBC.

    • Poorly Behaved Résistanista

      They’d rather be dead then see Hair Fubar take the oath of office.

      • yyyaz

        Guilt. The first thing — always — that comes into my mind every time Bush I is a topic is “carping, little liberal Democrats.” Fuck him for supporting the gangrenous party of thieves that got us here.

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        They already weren’t coming to the inauguration, but I guess they wanted to double down on that decision.

      • DahBoner

        Anything to get out of a Coronation!
        https://media.giphy.com/media/QCLtcUiTIzgmA/giphy.gif

  • Lizzietish81
    • BadKitty904

      I’d be happy to talk with Bamz about bois any day o’ the week!

      grr-OWL…

    • HazooToo

      DAWWWWWWW! “She kicked me out of the garden” so cute!

  • Scrofula

    Dem Senators: “Here is damning, irrefutable evidence that the nominee is actually a Satan-worshiping, baby-eating agent of evil.”
    Senate: 52-48, approved.

    • Ducksworthy

      Nice to know that Satan worshiping baby eaters are now so well represented in the Senate.

    • Lizzietish81

      Satan Worshiping baby eating agents of evil libel!

    • ViveLaPeésistance

      Trump supporters: “That just makes them smrt.”

  • nightmoth

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Moving vans arrived at the White House on Wednesday to remove all traces of competence and dignity.
    Working around the clock, movers started clearing out the optimism and progress that had accumulated during the past eight years.
    “Once we’ve packed up that stuff, we’ll start moving out the wisdom and maturity,” one of the movers said. “The guy who’s moving in wants all of that gone.”
    After the movers complete their work, a cleaning crew will come in and scrub the White House of every last speck of compassion.
    The movers are working under a strict deadline, since the White House needs to be totally stripped of decency by nine o’clock on Friday morning, the mover said.
    “The new guy wants the place to be completely empty, ” he said. “He has a lot of crap.”

    • Ducksworthy

      The next guy (Eric?, Don Jr.?) will have to have the place fumigated.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Tim “Harmonica Dad” Kaine is trying to guilt Price into admitting it’s bad to inject uncertainty into the healthcare system or to unnecessarily worry people about their coverage. Psych! Price has no ability to feel guilt.

  • Rick Hill

    What does it matter that none of these people are qualified? They’ll have plenty of industry shills who will be more than happy to show them what they should be doing.

  • Darkest Timeline Zach Morris
  • VagendaofNastyWoman

    Price is one of the worst of the swamp creatures. He represents everything that people hate about MD’s, all rolled up into one package. Arrogant, and insensitive for starters.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Wow. Lamar Alexander is sounding sort of sane. “We need to repair the bridge we have. Then we can talk about building new ones.” Of course, Tennessee knows what it’s like to try to provide insurance coverage for the entire State, so maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised that this is coming from a Republican.

    • HazooToo

      They’re still trying to sell us a new bridge, though. Nothing means the same thing anymore.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    Remember when this was a plot on “The West Wing” except it was an isolated coincidence and he had to give up his salary and donate the money to charity? Apparently Congress doesn’t want to meet the ethical standards of a TV show.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Might explain why the GOP wants to get rid of House Ethics Committee.

  • anon_the_great

    Here’s the test Rethugicans. Are you going to confirm another white guy who will be indicted within months?

  • pragmatist3

    Trump drained the swamp to make room for a cesspool.

    • BaTsHiT_cRaZy

      Trump is a cesspool.

  • Carpe Vagenda
  • alpacapunchbowl

    He’s grafty! He gets around. He’s grafty! He’ll keep us down. He’s grafty! I’ve got a gripe. He’s grafty! And he’s just Trump’s type.
    (Apologies to the Beastie Boys. Rest in power Adam Yauch.)

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    John Lithgow will portray Tom Price in the inevitable Trump movie…

  • Hairstrike Alpha

    But did he have a private email server? QED LIBTARTS HE AIN’T COORUPT!

  • Historicat

    Have I mentioned how much we are so utterly screwed?

  • chicken thief

    THE PRICE IS RIGHT! Come on down, Tom!

  • DahBoner

    You know, I’m starting to get the slight suspicion these clueless imbeciles are here to DESTROY America, not help it.
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md2wu7VNUc1qffnzto1_1280.gif

  • azeyote

    they don’t care if they’re crooks – trump won the election by a landslide of such magnitude that it went clear off the richter scale – crony capitalism should be it’s own cabinet, not all the cabinets

  • Mike Steele

    Definition of irony: Person who takes Senate responsibilities most seriously (wait for it…) Al Franken!

  • Panika MCD

    a) if I had money, I’d totally buy that poster (or, rather, a travel mug). just sayin’.

    b) if you have a rural GOP congress critters, you may want to remind them that the Grande Detour has been talking about Health Savings Accounts which are as bad for their constituents as Education Savings Accounts are. many stupid “school choice” bills are blocked in red states because the rural GOP team up with the Democrats on the issue. there’s no reason this can’t be done with HSAs.

    c) US Sen Fi hasn’t set hearing dates? that doesn’t bode well for Price. but I understand they intend to have a floor vote even if both committees pan him. it’d be hilarious if they had to be told “FFFFFUCK NO” 3 times. you guys could slap that on a mug also too!

  • Celtic_Gnome

    He looks a little crepey to me.

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