September 20, 2017 9:36 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for 9/20 Morning Reads for 9/20 By edatlanta Politics 17 Comments Who picked Mississippi State over UGA with 10 confidence points in the GAPol Pick Em? Oh wait, me. (Go Bulldogs!) “Red Clay” by Jack Wilkins. Georgia State basketball’s culture of winning has it poised for another NCAA Tournament run. Financial Times: Does anyone else remember when Atlanta-based Equifax’s CEO was named one of Atlanta’s top CEOs? On Atlanta’s often-unusable sidewalks. Buckhead’s parking mess will hopefully begin to be contained if City Council has it’s way. Brookhaven’s stretch of Peachtree Road could be much nicer in the future. Falcons are second-best in the NFL. Again. March 28 should be National Falcons Day IMO. Brunswick, and likely numerous other cities, sewers can’t cope with hurricane barrage. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 17 Comments Indypendant You missed one… https://theweek.com/speedreads/725715/hhs-secretary-tom-price-flown-private-jet-work-trips-5-times-last-week-alone September 20, 2017 10:19 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Here’s a photo of the type of jet champion of fiscal responsibility Tom Price chartered to fly from DC to Philadelphia. Even as VP, Joe Biden took Amtrak from DC to Wilmington. Apparently, Tom Price thinks he’s too important from having to sit on a plane or a train with common folk. Although, given the increased number of people who will be living with untreated communicable diseases as a result of his efforts to take healthcare away from tens of millions of Americans, maybe we should all try private jets. September 20, 2017 1:33 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger I think it’s important for you to know that Dr. Price was on a tour announcing $144 million dollars worth of grants to community health centers and another $200 million dollars to fight the opioid crisis. You have been going after Noway on another thread about the opioid crisis. Price was highlighting the opioid crisis in three of the hardest hit states while announcing what his department is doing to help. I know that doesn’t matter to you. You only care to make crap up like “Although, given the increased number of people who will be living with untreated communicable diseases as a result of his efforts to take healthcare away from tens of millions of American.” …. I hope some of your friends that are hooked on opioids are able to take advantage of that $144 million that HHS just gave out to community health centers. Or that $200 million to opioid treatment centers. Why don’t you tell them about that? I know. It’s because it doesn’t fit with your narrative that Tom Price is an evil man. September 20, 2017 1:52 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Price doesn’t need a private jet to travel to Philadelphia for an event. It’s a 90-minute train ride… he can even use the quiet car. Previous HHS Secretaries have made due with commercial air travel. It’s a level of wanton waste that is particularly hypocritical from someone like Price, who has long railed against unnecessary government expenditures. … As for opioid funding, I’m more concerned with the impact of draconian Medicaid cuts for states already struggling to combat the opioid crisis; the addicts and former addicts that will lose insurance coverage after their addiction is declared a pre-existing condition; and the folks who’ll no longer have access to affordable mental health services after states allow insurers to make mental healthcare “optional.” I applaud what Secretary Price is doing to help combat the opioid epidemic, but I’m also very cognizant that the “healthcare” bill currently supported by Price and the GOP is bound to undo whatever good will come from that $344 million. … Speaking of moral abominations, BCRA and AHCA (also supported by Price) would also have allowed insurers to deny coverage to opioid addicts and former opioid addicts on the basis of their “pre-existing condition” as well as allowed insurers to refuse to market plans containing mental health care to those individuals. So before we lionize Tom Price for being a selfless warrior in the fight against opioid addiction, let’s make sure we acknowledge how hard he’s worked to make life harder for people struggling with addiction. September 20, 2017 2:14 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger Things are not always as simple as you would like to make them in your head. On the day that he went to Pennsylvania, not downtown Philly, but over an hour outside of Philly, he was also dealing with the response to two major hurricanes and needed to get back to DC as fast as possible. There was a public heath emergency declared in Texas, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Georgia. You can nit pick all you want, but you are wrong. September 20, 2017 2:31 PM Ellynn Asking out of actual interest, not snark – why not reschedule the Philly, Maine, etc… trips and attend to the emergencies? No one would have faulted him for doing so in the wake of a national emergency. He could of done a live feed to the events, sent in an senior staff member and so forth. Why was it vital to be in New Hampshire, Maine or Philly then back in DC ASAP for declared public health emergencies (regardless of how he traveled)? September 20, 2017 2:53 PM The Eiger Because with the help of an airplane he was able to do all of the above. If the events were scheduled on the West coast I’m sure they would have been canceled. September 20, 2017 3:10 PM Andrew C. Pope Bruh, he took 5 trips via private jet just last week. If he’s as deeply concerned with the public health crises in USVI, PR, etc. as you say he is, then why isn’t he just staying in DC and focusing on emergency response? … Please, spare me the “he needed to save time” argument. There are plenty of ways to get between Philly and DC that don’t necessitate a private jet. If he’s adamant on flying, there are 10-11 flights per day between the DC airports and Philadelphia. In fact, Price’s jet left Dulles at 8:27 a.m and a United flight left Dulles for PHL at 8:22 a.m. Is an extra 5 minutes of sleep really worth the extra $25,000? … Sebelius and Burwell rarely, if ever, used private charters, and when they did it was for travel to inaccessible locales, not a major metropolitan area. Again, this wouldn’t be as big a deal if Price hadn’t spent decades with a stick up his butt about wasteful government spending. September 20, 2017 3:14 PM Ellynn Oh look.. a fake news outlet. https://www.apnews.com/f97fbf53c0c84468ae046f861ecf3b64 September 20, 2017 11:24 AM Log in to Reply Mr. Bear Vincent Castillenti, one of the three arrested at the Georgia Tech riot, is on Linkedin. He’s an “Education Management Professional”. Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it? September 20, 2017 1:53 PM Log in to Reply edatlanta No. September 20, 2017 4:43 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 On a lighter note, did y’all see the witch Tucker interviewed last night ? Absolutely gorgeous! Hell, she might could convince me to go librul!! September 20, 2017 5:33 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I know I’m surprized! https://www.mediaite.com/tv/exclusive-watch-msnbcs-lawrence-odonnells-unhinged-outtakes-for-eight-crazy-minutes/ September 20, 2017 7:10 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime.” —Michael “Lock her up” Flynn on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last year. Guess who’s offer to testify is conditioned on a grant of immunity? Many of the Trump bunch handle things like a first grader’s fart. They think it won’t be traced to them if they first call someone else on September 20, 2017 10:33 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Trump said to the UN Tuesday: “If it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself, and for his regime.” , Sarah Sanders’ tweet when Trump’s remark was treated as the crazy that it was: “Presidents have always been clear to deter threats: “We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals.” @BarackObama last year” . Here’s the Obama quote with the sentences that were on each side of it: “It’s not something that lends itself to an easy solution. We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals. But aside from the humanitarian costs of that, they are right next door to our vital ally, Republic of Korea.” – Barack Obama . Sanders takes a sentence out of context to specifically convey the opposite of what was meant it to convey. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. GOP policy is MAGA! September 20, 2017 10:36 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Perhaps sometime in the 21st Century sanitary sewers will become closed systems. Even after spending billions under Mayor Franklin to modernize Atlanta’s sewers we still mix storm water with our Shinola. September 21, 2017 1:19 AM Log in to Reply augusta52 Dang, Andrew…what is it, about 135 miles from DC to Philly? That is about the distance from downtown Augusta to DeKalb County near 285. I think Amtrak’s Acela would be the more civilized way to go! I did not realize there were so many flights anyway from DC to Philly; seems like there would really have to be a good reason to fly that short distance (unless connecting to another flight—but why would anyone connect to Philly for another flight?) when one considers traffic to airport, security checkpoints and delays on the runway. September 21, 2017 10:39 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.