Morning Reads for Friday, January 20, 2017

Enjoy the Inauguration festivities today.

Take it home, Eagles!

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Benevolus
Benevolus

If Price would have just sold that stock right after he found out about it and donated the money this would not be an issue for him.

The Eiger
The Eiger

You mean sell the 26 shares and the $300 he’s made since the purchase……….?

Yeah, this isn’t a story. I can’t remember who said it, but it was on the twitter. If Tom Price is a crook he is pretty lousy at being a crook.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Oh right, he should give back the campaign contribution they made to him too. Thank you.

You are actually too trusting on this. It deserves further investigation. I mean, what are the odds that he would write a law benfitting on 6 companies in the whole world, and unbeknownst to him a broker buys stock in one of those companies for him, at the same time he is writing the law? Maybe a coincidence, but if there is nothing to hide, let’s look into it.

The Eiger
The Eiger

What about the donations given to the democrat members in the Senate that are overseeing Price’s confirmation? They have many more trades that Price yet voted to help large pharma companies while sitting on the Senate HELP committee. I’m happy to continue this debate, but the facts are in my favor. http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/05/breaking-senate-dems-attacking-trumps-hhs-nominee-also-own-healthcare-stocks/ “Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, owns stock in major insurance companies that benefit from Obamacare, including. Aetna, United Healthcare and Anthem. He also owns stock in many biotech companies, including Amgen, Celgene, Biogen and Gilead, as well as pharmaceutical giant Merck and the prescription-writing company Express… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

“You are actually too trusting on this.” No, I’m not. I just have more information than you do. The bill he was writing started almost a year before the stock purchase and it has only gone up $300. Come on.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Look, I have a lot of faith that Price is upstanding and probably did nothing wrong here. But, if you were an investigator looking for trouble I think this is exactly what it would look like: Something that on the surface looks like an obvious quid pro quo but is too minor to be a problem. Everybody says “Oh it’s nothing. Move along.” The issue isn’t that the stock went up only $300, the issue is is there anything else that we haven’t seen yet. That is why you have an investigation. It’s just too weird of a coincidence .

The Eiger
The Eiger

So a company in Tom Price’s district has an issue with a study that they believe is inaccurate and they contact their congressman’s office with assistance in dealing with the federal agency that posted that study. That is called constituent service. If you would like help like this from John Lewis https://johnlewis.house.gov/serving-you/help-federal-agency

Or Hank https://hankjohnson.house.gov/serving-you/help-federal-agency

The Eiger
The Eiger

The only reason people know about this is becasue has has to disclose everything he owns and this is the only thing the democrats can find to tarnish his image. He has been filing these reports since 2005 and this is what they have. Again, come on.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Exactly what I mean when I say you are too trusting. You assume that the disclosures are all there is. You have to think like a cop.
Look at that Tex McIver shooting. It looks like an accident, but a weird one. So you investigate, and you find out that she owed her company a million dollars, and was “very close” to her boss. And who knows what else you might find. Maybe he’s a gambler or something. That’s why you investigate. Maybe it’s still an accident in the end, but maybe not.

The Eiger
The Eiger

So Tom Price is in the same ballpark as a murder? Okie dokie.

Why do you think the Office of Congressional Ethics hasn’t taken this up? Why hasn’t the SEC? Because there is no there there.

bethebalance
bethebalance

so, i certainly didn’t know all that detail abt the pharma connections to congresspeople. thanks for that eiger. i believe the likely scenarios are that the congressman knew his health care industry well, and had a standing order to his broker to have a % of his portfolio invested in those industries. now, that’s walkin a line of sorts, but these relationships, and the inability to police every conversation between a man and his broker (similar to communications re: “independent” committees) just equals this is the way that politics is done. it’s hard to begrudge ppl their careers, but in… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump’s pre-inauguration concert: 10,000. Obama’s pre-inauguration concert: 400,000. Sad!

The Eiger
The Eiger

BHO = No longer President
DJT = President

The reason Trump didn’t have 400,000 people is becasue Toby Keith was singing. No one wants to listen to that crap.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

But what about 3 Doors Down? They requested time off from their shifts at Applebee’s to come and play this concert.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Damn! I missed them. You know you listened to Kryptonite.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I also used to think puka shell necklaces were cool…. Lot of regrets from my teenage years. Lot. of. regrets.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Lead singer is worth $8M so I doubt he’s working at Applebee’ unless it’s just something to do.

xdog
xdog

Well, Lee Greenwood will be there. So will Tony Orlando. Marie Osmond offered to perform but no one got back to her, and I find that sad. Sorry, Marie.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Did Scott Baio encore as MC?

augusta52
augusta52

Sad are the numbskull demonstrators up there who think they can block streets and damage property with impunity. Doubtless there will be more of them at the so-called “womens march ” up there tomorrow, where those still not over the election can rant to the upteenth degree. But hey, that probably plays right into Trump’s hands….

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

LOL, that reliable far-left “news” network MSNBC estimates 10,000 people and others repeat! Hmm… do I believe them or my lying eyes? I watched the mix-of-America concert, saw the huge crowd, which actually grew larger as the concert went along, leading to spectacular fireworks. Not to mention the military bands and chorals, that actually exemplify what this is all about. The pics shown online comparing 2009 to now are a joke – shots of the Lincoln area yesterday before people came in, shots while they were beginning to gather, midway during the concert, etc., but none of the crowd in… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Most of Trump’s working class voters are not able to get off from their jobs

But I thought Obama shipped all their jobs to Mexico and China?

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

It’s a little early for whining and excuse making…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

More “partisan competitiveness”:

Trump’s inauguration crowd smaller than Obama ’09 and ’13 and Bush in ’01. Was likely smaller than ’05 as well.

Some “movement.”

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

verifiable sources for those numbers? (as if it mattered)

I guess only anarchists in the streets qualify as a “movement.”

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

The inauguration ceremony is a Joint Session of the House and Senate. It is the duty of every elected Congressman and Senator to attend. The grand-standing publicity seekers in Congress who have used boycotting as a fund-raising tool (just check all the requests for contributions in my loaded inbox!) most definitely should not be paid for today. Sure, that’s peanuts to them but at least taxpayers would see even those who feel themselves above the law have consequences to their actions.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Several outgoing presidents have declined to attend and we survived. I reckon we’ll survive this.

But if these boycotters have upset you they have probably, in some small way, achieved their goal.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Not outgoing presidents, Benevolus. Sitting congressmen and women are still in office, supposed to be doing their jobs.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Good lord, you have got drunk on the Kool Aid. This doesn’t have to be a Cult of Personality, a religious experience. He’s not the 2nd Coming.
Enjoy the day though. The hard work is still to come.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Of course he’s not. And I don’t like Kool Aid. From either the right or the left. I’ve had plenty of elections where the candidate I supported didn’t win — good example, 2008 when Hillary won the most votes in the primary fair and square, but the DNC gave the nomination to Barack instead. First time in history the person who won the primary was not the party nominee. I sucked it up, accepted the outcome, supported Prez Obama. All the snark on here is not necessary. Maybe some folks could take a civics lesson from the Talladega University Band.

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Two words: Emoluments Clause.