As the taxpayer-footed price tag of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s private travel balloons to over $1 million, he’s probably wishing that he could take back some of his harsh statements about “reckless” government spending right about now.
On Sept. 21, Politico reported that Price took private charter planes when inexpensive commercial options were available. These private flights reportedly ended up costing the public more than $300,000.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg. On Thursday, after learning that Price also frequently took military jets for travel abroad, Politico adjusted the cost to taxpayers to over $1 million.
Price has vowed to pay back the government for the cost of his seats on the planes. But his promise of $52,000 doesn’t quite stand up to the total “price” tag. Heh.
The massive bill is especially galling considering his past statements about government spending. While in Congress, Secretary Price was a harsh and outspoken critic of bloated budgets. He frequently berated Democrats for spending during a time of deficit, and for mishandling money.
Fortunately for us, the internet never forgets. And these self-righteous tweets about “reckless spending” are definitely not a good look.
Reckless spending habits employed by Democrats in Washington are driving the debt. We need #spendingcutsnow
— Tom Price (@RepTomPrice) May 31, 2011
POTUS says Obamacare has nothing to do w/ debt. He should read the bill to find out what’s in it. HINT: lots of spending & econ pain
— Tom Price (@RepTomPrice) September 27, 2013
Governing is just so gosh-darn difficult for Democrats when the public demands a halt to reckless spending and trillion dollar deficits.
— Tom Price (@RepTomPrice) May 17, 2010
Jobs report shows econ still weakened by those who insist on defending a broken status quo, more spending & failing Washington…