What a little sunlight will do: after the approximately $1 million tab for Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s charter and military jet travel hit the news, and President Trump made it clear that he was “not happy,” Price announced that he will pay the cost of his private jet travel. Price released a statement promising, “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.”
Admittedly, as someone who's spent about as much time on planes as Sully Sullenberger, I sympathize with Price. Between the slow, handsy airport security and the airlines turning jets into flying sardine cans that squeeze every passenger and every nickel, flying has degenerated from an exciting adventure to an iron maiden with beverage service.
Incidentally, the press recently tried to gin up a similar scandal involving Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. But that crashed and burned when it was revealed that DeVos, who is part of the family that founded Amway, not only covers all her travel expenses, she’s not even taking a salary for the job. That’s one of the benefits of filling offices with Republican business people instead of Democratic political operatives. The Republicans get rich BEFORE their “public service” careers, not during.