From The Wall Street Journal:
Resignation comes after facing criticism over use of private jet and military flights
By Stephanie Armour and Michelle Hackman | Updated September 29, 2017 7:47 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday over his extensive use of private jet and military flights, ending a rocky tenure during which the Trump administration failed in its push to get Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
President Donald Trump had no immediate comment following the resignation, but earlier on Friday he expressed his displeasure with the flights and signaled a decision was imminent.
“He’s a very fine man,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “I was disappointed because I didn’t like it cosmetically or otherwise.”
In his resignation letter, Dr. Price referenced his work on health care and said: “I regret that the recent events have created a distraction from these important objectives.”
Dr. Price told Mr. Trump he was resigning “in order for you to move forward without further disruption.”
Late Friday, the administration announced a revised travel policy that will require prior approval by the White House chief of staff for travel on noncommercial flights.
There’s more at the original, but I’ve got to wonder how Dr Price feels about having given up a very safe House seat to work for eight months in the Trump Administration. That he was replaced in the House by another Republican, Karen Handel, after the Democrats poured millions of dollars into the special election campaign left me laughing my Ossoff.
The left are, of course, gleeful that they’ve managed to bring down a Trump Administration cabinet member, but they were able to do so because even the President’s base have problems with the frequent use of private jets for this kind of travel. The working class voters who put Mr Trump in the White House are lucky if they can even fly coach, and don’t see why, absent some urgent need, an Administration official could not travel via commercial flights.
We are facing another half-trillion dollar deficit, and the President wants to cut taxes; we should not have Administration officials wasting money for things like this, and having the White House approve all travel on non-commercial flights is absolutely the right thing to do. If it’s not essential, officials should fly commercial.
But, more than that, the Administration should take advantage of 21st century technology, and eschew unnecessary travel for videoconferencing. We have previously noted that all of those flights just add to air pollution, and it can be a lot less expensive to use that technology.
As a candidate, Donald Trump often talked about “draining the swamp.” Well, part of the swamp is the penchant for Administration officials thinking that they’re just better than everyone else, and the notion that the patricians shouldn’t have to mix with the plebeians is part of that. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a billionaire, also travels by private jet, but at least it’s her own plane, and she pays for it herself. Still, that presents yet another patrician vs plebeian image, and it would be better if the Secretary used commercial flights, and had to be among the people she supposedly serves. Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter, chose to fly commercial on September 26, 2017, and even flew in coach last December, after her father had been elected, but before his inauguration. The problems she encountered in her December flight, with a leftist cretin verbally attacking her, illustrate that there can be legitimate security concerns, but the Secret Service was diligent enough to protect her during her first-class flight last Tuesday.
One of the things that the Democrats never understood is that Mr Trump connected with many voters, who saw the Democrats as nose-in-the-air elitists. With Dr Price now having ‘been resigned,’ maybe the Republicans will learn that, if they discontinue the practices which separate the public from our government, they can retain the loyalty of the working class voters, as well as saving the taxpayers money.
Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.