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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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Robbin Young. Fair use so we can all see the boob picture she sent to her 12 true loves.

Robbin Young starred in the Roger Moore masterpiece For Your Eyes Only as the seventh female lead, "Girl in Flower Shop." She also starred in a bunch of Playboys, and the DM's of a humble Romanian hacker who stole her heart. But he was not a humble Romanian hacker, he was 12 Russian military intelligence officers in a trench coat. And now Young has shared those DMs and pictures of her buzzies with the Sun, because that's the one that's fookin' classy.

See how she loved! See how Guccifer ghosted her ass! See how she loves him (them) still! See how she was all up in Seth Rich and shit! (We think Young's judgment might not be awesome.) Also she wrote this "erotic poem," and we're going to need you to read it.

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And now it is time for your weekly reminder that in the Trump era, FUCKING APESHIT OUTRAGE WORKS.

On Monday, Donald Trump, the transactional president who for some godforsaken reason sees Vladimir Putin has his one true father, discussed making an Art Of The Deal with Russia that involved letting Robert Mueller interrogate the Russian spies who hacked America in 2016 (with Russian supervision, of course, in Russia) in exchange for sending Putin whichever American citizens hurt Putin's poor fragile butthurt pansy-ass feelings the past several years. One of Putin's targets is Michael McFaul, the former ambassador to Russia, whom Putin just hates. Hillary Clinton isn't on the official list yet, but give it a few weeks.

On Wednesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders looked at reporters and told them Trump's people were considering the idea, but hadn't decided yet, because it's so hard for the Trump administration to decide how many treasons to do per week.

But hooray! The White House has decided that, after literally every American with a patriotic bone in his or her body said, "THE FUCK YOU SAY," they will not send Americans to Putin's gulag after all. The Washington Post reports:

The White House announced Trump's opposition Thursday as the Senate prepared to vote on a resolution telling the president not to honor Putin's request, which would have exposed former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul, among others, to Russian questioning.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Oh my fucking Lord, Shuckabee, did you really type that Putin's offer was "sincere," or did Donald grab the statement after you finished with it and add those words in illiterate Sharpie in the margins, along with "DOES NOT MEAN PUTIN IS NOT MY BEST FRIEND" and "NO COLLUSION"?

By the way, that resolution passed the Senate with flying colors:

WOMP WOMP, Trump! Sorry American freedom and democracy stepped all over your dick again! Guarantee it's gonna happen again! Go fuck yourself! Enjoy the 48 Big Macs you have for dinner tonight! Don't talk directly into the soccer ball Putin gave you, 'less you want it to talk back to you in Russian!

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