Tom Price reportedly tapped to be Health and Human Services secretary

Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican and a strong critic of Obamacare, will reportedly be appointed as the next secretary of Health and Human Services.

CNN reported Monday night, citing “an official briefed on the decision,” that the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump will make the official announcement Tuesday.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump repeatedly vowed to replace Obamacare and will have a strong ally in Mr. Price, who had been an orthopedic surgeon before entering politics.

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Who is Tom Price?

Congressman Tom Price was first elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in November 2004.  Prior to going to Washington, Price served four terms in the Georgia State Senate – two as Minority Whip.  In 2002, he was a leader in the Republican renaissance in Georgia as the party took control of the State Senate, with Price rising to become the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia. 


In Congress, Rep. Price has proven to be a vibrant leader, tireless problem solver and the go-to Republican on quality health care policy.  He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means.  In the 114th Congress, Price was named Chair of the House Committee on the Budget.  In previous Congresses, he has served as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.  Committed to advancing positive solutions under principled leadership, Price has been a fierce opponent of government waste and devoted to limited government and lower spending.


For nearly twenty years, Rep. Price worked in private practice as an orthopaedic surgeon.  Before coming to Washington he returned to Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, teaching resident doctors in training.  He received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Emory University.

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I also go on this website often because I want Trump to know that he has my undivided support in assembling the most capable team to Make America Great Again. Why turn against Trump when we supported him so strongly during the primaries and in the general election? Let's not become traitors to the cause and to America! Instead, let's continue to support Trump 100% as we have done in the past.

President Trump makes another great choice. With Dr Price he picks a seasoned politician who has been in Washington for 12 years and in Georgia politics before that. Dr Price knows what's up and how to maneuver to get things done. Trump, his team, and all of us who supported him will Make America Great Again!

and... he is pro-life!

Trump's Treasury pick promises biggest middle-class tax cut since Reagan:

President-elect Donald Trump is going to ensure that the country gets "the most significant middle-income tax cut since Reagan," Steve Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury secretary, told reporters Tuesday. 

Mnuchin said at Trump Tower in New York that Trump's tax plan would be a top priority for the incoming administration, and that it would include lowering both corporate taxes and personal income taxes for the middle class. It would also get companies to repatriate their overseas earnings to the United States and include benefits for child care, he said.

"This is going to be a tremendous boon to the economy," he added.

The Hill's Naomi Jagoda explains:

What do you think of Donald Trump's Cabinet picks so far?

I love it. Trump knows what he's doing.27%
I hate it. Trump is just putting new cronies in play.12%
I'm reserving judgement.60%
Who cares?2%

Donald Trump has put together just over half his cabinet. Politico calls it a “conservative dream team,” repeating a claim by the Club for Growth PAC that “It’s the most conservative [cabinet] since Reagan.”

Now that’s a very low bar. So let’s see if it lives up down to it.

Chief of Staff: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus – Nothing conservative about this pick. He’s a party hack and establishment GOP through and through. While chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, Priebus became an intimate of Rep. Paul Ryan, a big government, globalist, open borders, amnesty-supporting faux conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce lackey. In 2012, Priebus was responsible for allowing the Mitt Romney campaign to manipulate the primaries and discouraged Ron Paul supporters — composed of a mostly younger crowd just cutting their teeth in politics, civil libertarians and doves of a more leftist bent — from participating in an obviously rigged system. And if that weren’t enough to turn off the Paul supporters, Priebus and his cronies humiliated Paul supporters on the convention floor in Tampa, Fla. Then, when Romney fell short on election night to a Barack Obama who received 3.6 million few votes than he did in 2008, Priebus was part of the GOP establishment blamed Paul supporters and the conservative Tea Party for not turning out.

Chief White House Strategist: Former Breitbart Executive Chairman Steve Bannon – Bannon served a stint in the Navy in the 1970s and ‘80s, culminating his military stint with a gig as special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon, cementing his status as an inside-the-beltway guy. From there he joined Goldman Sachs as investment banker, then joined with several GS colleagues to form an investment bank specializing in media. After a deal that sold Castle Rock Entertainment to Ted Turner, Bannon became a Hollywood mogul, producing and financing films. He became a founding member of Breitbart news, and was elevated to executive chairman following the death of Andrew Breitbart. and Breitbart Radio align with conservative thought on immigration, and they are America-firsters, but Bannon’s Pentagon stint and Breitbart’s fearmongering over Muslims and their promotion of neocons like John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani should give conservatives and non-interventionists  pause.

Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions – As AG, Sessions will have a lot to say about illegal immigration and how current immigration laws are enforced. That’s good. But Sessions doesn’t believe in privacy and is a big promoter of the faux war on drugs. This summer, Sessions offered an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform bill that would bypass warrant requirements for accessing private data if the FBI deemed the information was needed for “an emergency.” Last April, Sessions stated, “We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it is in fact a very real danger.” As AG, Sessions will likely target and destroy the budding marijuana industry springing up in states that have legalized its sale and the faux war on drugs will grow, leading to increasingly militarized, militant and funded federal and local pol....

Housing and Urban Development Secretary: Dr. Ben Carson – Carson is an outsider but has little to no executive experience (by his own admission) and would have probably been a better pick for Health and Human Services or Surgeon General. Carson proved during the primary he’s a big government faux conservative.

Health and Human Services Secretary: Rep. Tom Price – A vocal opponent of Obamacare, Price is one of the few Republicans who has put forth a plan with which to replace the (un)Affordable Care Act. But his plan is a government solution rather than a free market one. In 2013, Price claimed his plan was designed to control costs, solve the problems of portability and pre-existing conditions, and improve the healthcare delivery structure. In other words, it’s just more central planning; the difference is it’s Republican rather than Democrat central planning. Price is also a long-time confidante of House Speaker Paul Ryan (see above), serving on his “Jedi Council” since 2008.

Transportation Secretary: Elaine Chao – To the appointment of Chao we say, “Wow!” Chao is the wife of Senate Majority turtle Mitch McConnell and a former member of the cabinet of Bush the Lesser (Labor Secretary). She’s a long-time Republican insider and former bankster, serving at Bank of America Capital Markets Group and Citicorp and, after her stint under Bush, on the board of directors at Wells Fargo. This was obviously nothing more than a bone to McConnell and the bankster class to ensure Trump’s Cabinet picks sail through the Senate.

Education Secretary: Betsy DeVos – As a campaigner, Trump repeatedly said Common Core  has been a “total disaster” and he would get rid of it if he landed in the White House. So he promptly named DeVos, a staunch Common Core advocate, to head up the Education Department. DeVos claimed in a tweet following her nomination that she opposes Common Core. That’s a surprise to all the grassroots folks fighting against Common Core that she used her big bank account to beat in local legislative battles.  DeVos is a board member of Jeb Bush’s Common Core-supporting education foundation (and one of its biggest donors), and is closely aligned with Sen. Lamar Alexander, who pushed a bill giving the feds greater control over local school board decisions. Bush praised Trump’s choice of DeVos, saying she was “an outstanding pick.” Former Michigan State Representative Tom McMillan told Truth in American Education that DeVos was one of the “main leaders defending Common Core when I was fighting it in the legislature. In 2013 I know she was strongly supportive of Common Core and high stakes testing.”

Treasury Secretary: Steven Mnuchin – The Trump campaign’s national finance chairman, Mnuchin (pronounced mah-NEW-chin) worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years and then moved to OneWest Bank, which got into legal troubles over home foreclosures during the 2008 crash. One judge overseeing the proceedings called the bank’s tactics “harsh, repugnant and repulsive.” Mnuchin, like most banksters (and Trump) have a history of political contributions to leftists, including Hillary Clinton. Former Goldman CEO and former Treasury Secretary (under Bush II) Hank Paulson – who helped engineer the bank bailout — applauded Mnuchin’s nomination. In 2007, Paulson said the housing market was at or near the bottom and the economy was “very health” and “robust.” The next year the Great Recession began.

Commerce Secretary: Wilbur RossStraight out of Rothschild, Inc., billionaire investor Ross is a specialist in leveraged and distressed buyouts and at making a killing of the Federal Reserve asset roller coaster. Ross was a member of the Wall Street secret society Kappa Beta Phi, made up of high-powered finance wizards. Other members include Robert Rubin, Jon Corzine and John C. Whitehead. A graduate of Yale and Harvard (of course), Ross’ net worth is about $2.9 billion. He’s a long-time Trump friend who helped Trump hang onto his properties during the last crash.

As a candidate, Trump vowed to “drain the swamp.” I doubt Trump voters understood that to mean replacing the swamp water with sewer water and the alligators with crocodiles.

It’s evident Goldman Sachs will continue to run U.S. government, with an assist by the Council on Foreign Relations. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

GOP SET TO PICK NEW ENERGY AND COMMERCE CHAIR: Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) is the favorite to be the next chairman of the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee, GOP insiders tracking the race told The Hill on Wednesday.

The House GOP's Steering Committee will meet on Thursday to consider committee chairmanships for the next Congress. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) needs to yield the Energy gavel because of term limits, and Walden and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) have worked to court the votes necessary to succeed him.

Walden, who has had two successful cycles as the House GOP's campaign chief, appears poised for victory. As the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) chairman, Walden has campaigned and raised cash for many of the lawmakers who will ultimately decide the chairmanship.

"Walden is going to walk away with it," said one House Republican who sits on the Steering Committee and has spoken with all three contenders about the race.

"And I wouldn't be surprised if Ryan weighs in for Walden during the Steering meeting."

Shimkus carries slightly more seniority on the panel than Walden. In a letter to members earlier this month, the 20-year veteran of the House noted his time serving on each of the committee's six subpanels, and his work crafting a major rewrite of federal chemical safety laws, which became law earlier this year.

Walden brings experience on the committee's technology and telecom subpanel, and he's worked on healthcare issues in Oregon. But his trump card could end up being his time at the campaign committee.

"He's running on his NRCC record," said a senior GOP leadership aide. "And he exceeded expectations both times he was chair."

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OPEC TO CUT PRODUCTION LEVELS: The oil-producing nations of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Wednesday agreed to cut production levels for the first time since 2008, a move designed to raise global oil prices.

OPEC delegates agreed to reduce output by 3.7 percent to 32.5 million barrels per day, Bloomberg reported early Wednesday.

The production deal could cause increases in oil prices, which crashed globally starting in 2014 due to a worldwide supply glut and have only increased modestly since then.

Prices of Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, climbed 8.8 percent to $50.47 per barrel on Wednesday; American oil prices hit $48.98 per barrel, an 8.3 percent increase.

The new deal is likely to have worldwide consequences. It could help major oil companies that operate in the U.S. that slashed thousands of jobs due to low prices the last two years, while nations that depend highly on oil revenues are also likely to benefit.

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Raising oil prices will hurt every American and its economy. Trump will have a harder time balancing the budget. Oil is connected to just about every item we use to live.

We have got to get off of this ponzi scheme that has been our nemesis from its beginning. It has been the reason to raise prices on every product manufactured.

God has the answer. Every 50 years ( Jubilee) debt is wiped clean and property etc is returned to its owners. No one ever loses their land. If we did this our nation would be the greatest in the world and would be the envy of all nations. 

''You shall count off seven Sabbaths of years, seven times seven years; and there shall be to you the days of seven Sabbaths of years, even forty-nine years. Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. You shall make the fiftieth year holy, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee to you; and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee to you. In it you shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself, nor gather from the undressed vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. You shall eat of its increase out of the field. In this Year of Jubilee each of you shall return to his property.''

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EPA STANDS FIRM: Federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks will stay at projected levels between 2022 and 2025, regulators announced on Wednesday, despite a push from automakers to lower the levels.

The EPA proposed Wednesday that the standards should remain in place and do not need to be revised for cars and small trucks from model years 2022 to 2025.

The proposal is part of an EPA review to determine whether President Obama's car efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions rules, which target an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon in 2025, are still attainable and sufficient.

"It's clear from the extensive technical record that this program will remain affordable and effective," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement.

The decision is a loss for automakers, who had complained that the EPA's earlier projections on the standards were too rosy. Auto groups said compliance going forward would be much more expensive than the EPA thought.

"Rather than asking whether the auto industry can build a vehicle that achieves MY2025 compliance, the agencies should be asking whether the auto industry will be able to sell a fleet of vehicles that meet these future targets," the Auto Alliance wrote to the EPA in response to a July report on the standards.

The group wrote to President-elect Donald Trump this month asking him to change the standards, something he can do through a new rulemaking process after he takes office.

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If you are planning on buying a new car - truck -pick-up - a what-ever .....





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Angry Dem Impeachment ‘Witness’: Pam Karlan Donated Thousands To Hillary And Was On Clinton’s List For Potential SCOTUS Nomination

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The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, kicked off its first impeachment circus Wednesday morning.

The four ‘witnesses’ testifying have never actually witnessed any of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine firsthand — the four witnesses are law professors offering legal analysis.

One of the witnesses the Dems rolled out is an angry Hillary Clinton donor who was on Crooked’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

No wonder why this unhinged, dowdy woman is so pissed off!

“Professor Pam Karlan donated thousands of dollars to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination. So she certainly has no vendetta against President Trump,” GOP Rep. Mark Walker said.

Congressman Walker also pointed out that Noah Feldman, the Dems first partisan witness in Wednesday’s hearing tweeted about impeaching Trump right after he was sworn in.

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker

Meet Noah Feldman, House Democrats first partisan witness.

Look at the date of this tweet. He has been trying to get @realDonaldTrump impeached since 46 days into his presidency.

His reason? Trump criticized President Obama.

This is a sham impeachment with sham witnesses. 

Noah Feldman @NoahRFeldman

Trump's wiretap tweets raise risk of impeachment  via @BV

Rep. Mark Walker   RepMarkWalker

The next witness, Karlan, has donated thousands to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

So she certainly has no vendetta against @realDonaldTrump.

These witnesses are as serious as House Democrats impeachment case: not at all.

The entire sham show trial is stacked with partisan hacks who have wanted to impeach Trump from the moment he won in November of 2016.

Norm Eisen, the Democrats’ counsel who is blasting Trump and questioning witnesses in Wednesday’s show trial, tweeted about impeaching Trump before Donald Trump was even sworn into office!

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