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: http://bit.ly/2gyNmFQ.

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. Breitbart.com 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."

Read more here.

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.

Read more here.

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

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Trump National Diversity Coalition's Bruce LeVell: President’s Support Among Blacks, Hispanics Will ‘More Than Double’ In 2020

Bruce LeVell, the National Diversity Coalition for Trump executive director, said on Sunday evening he predicts President Donald Trump will win even higher levels of support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020 than he did in 2016.

“Pastor Darrell Scott is the CEO, we started this back in 2015,” LeVell said on Breitbart News Sunday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Sunday evening about the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. “It is the largest diversity coalition platform in history for a Republican candidate, not to mention a sitting president, and there are millions of guests that sign on and sign up that are part of this. If you look on the website, you see African Americans for Trump, Haitian Americans for Trump, Korean Americans for Trump, Chinese Americans for Trump, Hispanic Americans for Trump–all very large. They all stand in one agreement that they believe in this great president and that he is here for all and wants everyone to be successful. It’s pretty flattering, honestly, to be a part of this. It just totally debunks everything that they try to make him out to be–a racist, which he’s not. The numbers prove that he’s not. You can see where he’s rising in terms of the Hispanic vote, and the African American vote. It’s just really going to be mind-boggling on the next go-around. I guarantee it. It’s going to more than double because people are happy; they’re working.”

LeVell, when asked for his rationale on why he thinks Trump’s support in 2020 among blacks and Hispanics will more than double, attributed it to the results President Trump has gotten for those communities.

“Sometimes you have to speak things into existence,” LeVell said. “The president said, ‘What do you have to lose?’ That challenge, especially in the underserved communities, well, yeah, what do we have to lose? We tried it this way for 30 or 40 years. Some of these cities and municipalities were under Democrat rule, as you might say, for many years, and then you say, ‘You know what? Let’s make the ask.’ You know, the president made the ask. Sometimes, you just have to ask, ‘Hey, what do you got to lose? Try this.’ Let’s try one of the biggest, strongest bills that he’s signed, that was so beneficial, called the Opportunity Zones. This bill right here alone is bringing a lifeline to some of these underserved communities and is projected to bring in over hundreds of billions of dollars in these underserved communities, which are predominantly African American communities. For example, in Atlanta, there are minority business contractors teaming up with other business contractors building a hotel in an Opportunity Zone. This community has just been blighted for God knows how long. These are the things that people are starting to see–the light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s a businessman that understands what I call a balance sheet, a P & L sheet of profit and loss. The president wants to see the country profitable, not losses. So that’s what he does. He says, ‘Okay, where can we improve? What can we do?’”

He continued, “Like I said earlier, I think the Opportunity Zones is a sleeper; it has so many moving parts to it where you can sell a piece of property for $2 million and instead of paying that very high capital gains [tax] you can identify those funds over the zone, and then, you can build another little hotel or a shopping center for economic empowerment for that community. So there’s so many initiatives out there for people of color, like myself, who see opportunities. You know, how about this? You live in a black community under the Trump administration, you walk down the street and say, ‘Wow, 98 percent who live in the community are African American,’ and you say, ‘Why don’t you build that grocery store? Why don’t you build that gas station?’ Wow, you’re right. I can. The programs that are out there, like in the Small Business Administration, you get as little as five or ten percent down, and they can maturize it to 30 years, and if you’re a veteran, they waive the fees. There are so many tools out there, and you saw the president when he adjusted Dodd-Frank last year; that was a terrible, terrible deal they did in 2009 and 2010 that literally almost just choked and killed the business community because of the Dodd-Frank, going in there and regulating these small community banks, which were life support for these small communities especially in the African American community, where he readjusted that last year and made it work. These are the things this president understands that as a businessman he can bring his lifelong talents to the White House and can help America. The biggest thing about this is, remember, the president is not beholden to any special interest group; this is a very key part of this conversation right here because he can go in there and govern without having to worry about paying back favors.”

According to NBC News analysis in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, Trump actually outperformed now-Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)–then the former governor of Massachusetts–in the 2012 election when it came to both the black and Hispanic communities.

“Trump claimed 29 percent of the Hispanic vote on Tuesday, compared to Romney’s 27 percent in 2012,” NBC News wrote. “With blacks, exit polls show Trump claimed 8 percent of the vote to the previous Republican nominee’s 6 percent.”

If Trump is able to double support in the black and Hispanic communities in 2020, as LeVell predicts he will, no Democrat will stand even close to a chance of defeating him; the margins they would need for victories in a number of states would be significantly eroded. Perhaps that is why the Democrats are now attempting to paint Trump as a racist amid his battle with the so-called “Squad” of socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasi0-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). The new faces of the Democrat Party, the “Squad,” in other words, is worried they may lose the election in 2020 if LeVell and other Trump backers are right. But the scurrilous accusations of racism for quick political gains, which have also been leveled at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden in recent weeks, LeVell warns, may undermine the ability to stand up to actual racism where it exists.

“At first, it was kind of bizarre,” LeVell, who knows Trump well and has known him prior to his run for president, said of the false racism accusations. “Now, it’s just plainly un-American. It’s so anti-patriotic. You know, the interesting thing about it for me as a black conservative or Republican–I like to define myself as a Frederick Douglass Republican–most of the name-calling comes from people who actually look like me, 90 percent of it. It’s bizarre, and it’s because our thinking process is not lining up with theirs. It’s the only playbook they have, like I said earlier, which is, ‘Let’s just use the race card.’

LeVell went on to say, “Getting back to the president, I’ve been around him–I was just with him at the rally–in very intimate settings, behind the scenes at the rally, and you’re right: I’ve traveled with him, been on the plane with him. I’ve been in private meetings with him. I’ve talked with him, and you know–let me tell you something: I’m 55 years old, I’ve lived my whole life in the South, and I’m world-traveled. Let me tell you: I know racism when I see it. This man is nowhere near being a racist. It’s so sad because it does such a disservice to this great nation that they would throw that name and throw those words around. I mean, you have people calling Biden racist. They’re calling Pelosi racist. They’re calling the dog-catcher racist because he impounded the black dog instead of the white dog. Come on. What’s next? You know, it’s kind of sad because it’s pretty much watered down things that are legitimate, to where people are just going to get so numb with it, and people are just being like, ‘Wow, are you serious?’”

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