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Rand Paul returns unused money from office budget to the government
American Thinker ^ | 02/22/2013 | Rick Moran

Posted on 02/22/2013 7:53:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Would that our bureaucrats had this kind of attitude.

From CNN:

Sen. Rand Paul cut another six-figure check to the United States Treasury Wednesday, taking the money he said he didn't need from his office's budget to make a tiny dent in the nation's massive federal debt.

"We watch every purchase," Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said at an event next to an oversized check for $600,000. "We watch what computers we buy, what paper we buy, the ink cartridges. We treat the money like it's our money, or your money, and we look at every expenditure."

The $600,000 reflects more than 20% of Paul's annual office budget, according to a press release. Another GOP lawmaker, Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, said he would return $160,000 to the federal government, or 12% of his office budget.

"At a time when Americans are tightening their budgets, I have made an effort to do the same with my Congressional office budget," Mulvaney wrote in a statement. "'My office has found ways to save money while continuing to provide necessary services to the constituents of the Fifth District. As requested when I returned over $160,000 last year, I ask that Speaker Boehner use this money to pay down the national debt."

Last year Paul returned $500,000 to the Treasury, and said he hoped other members of Congress would follow his cost-cutting lead. In total, Paul's office says they've returned $1.1 million that was unspent from his office's operating budget.

Last week Paul delivered a tea party-sponsored response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. He also said on Sunday that he would decide next year on whether he'll run for president in 2016.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; government; randpaul

1 posted on 02/22/2013 7:54:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

2 posted on 02/22/2013 7:55:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Right thing to do,

but if he thinks he’ll shame any ‘rat congresscritter into following suit,

he’s greatly mistaken.


3 posted on 02/22/2013 7:58:27 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Better yet they will re-distribute it to one of those dims’ office.


4 posted on 02/22/2013 8:01:29 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

That could cover furloughs for 120 workers. only 879980 to go.


5 posted on 02/22/2013 8:03:32 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SeekAndFind

those other jokers better do the same thing


6 posted on 02/22/2013 8:07:05 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good for him.

IMHO Representatives and Senators shouldn’t such extravagant budgets to begin with.

Its a rare CEO that has the office budget of a U.S. Representative. I’d love to see a true itemization of how some of them spend that budget.


7 posted on 02/22/2013 8:09:09 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Liking Rand Paul more by the day.
Still holding my breath just a little wondering if he’ll go nutty like Ron.


8 posted on 02/22/2013 8:09:59 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: SampleMan

RE: Rand Paul returns unused money to the government

And what’s the ‘government’ going to do with it?


9 posted on 02/22/2013 8:10:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

My opinion of Rand Paul is growing almost daily.


10 posted on 02/22/2013 8:21:17 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: SeekAndFind

And what’s the ‘government’ going to do with it?

Obama is sending it to Hamas.


11 posted on 02/22/2013 8:21:17 AM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Dalberg-Acton

RE: Obama is sending it to Hamas

Rand Paul might as well have kept it then.


12 posted on 02/22/2013 8:22:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Dalberg-Acton

The Otraitors can’t see thousands.


13 posted on 02/22/2013 8:26:56 AM PST by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: SeekAndFind

These guys will be smart to figure out that the ONLY winning position will be to educate the voters to answer the question, “is it good for the country?”

That being said, good for him. A sacrificial position is easy for anyone attempting patriotism.

Alas, he could’ve hung onto a few bucks and used it for a good haircut.


14 posted on 02/22/2013 8:36:16 AM PST by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

This gives you some inkling of what the others are throwing away.

Just think of what we could save by grounding Obama and the Wookie.
If Air Force One and Wookie One were grounded we could save in the Billions.


15 posted on 02/22/2013 9:04:36 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

You know, geeze. OK, this is from WIKI:

The president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment.

We know he doesn’t have the millions to spend on his and her vacations.
Whatever those (We the people or his financial backers) expect in return for the millions they spend, it cannot be good for the Republic.
So where are Hannity and O’Reilly on this subject”; not to mention the mainstream media.


16 posted on 02/22/2013 9:15:37 AM PST by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind

BTTT!


17 posted on 02/22/2013 9:19:49 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"At a time when Americans are tightening their budgets, I have made an effort to do the same with my Congressional office budget,"

Totally awesome! Maybe there is at least one pol that is not a nasty selfish crook with the taxpayers money!

18 posted on 02/22/2013 9:22:08 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: X-spurt
“wondering if he’ll go nutty like Ron.”

This is Rand Paul's biggest obstacle. People thinking he's his dad. What can he say? “My dad is nuts.” “Yeah, my dad is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.”

The TRUTH is, Rand Paul is NOT his father, but I'll bet he loves his father. I'll bet he respects his father.

When asked last time if he would run for president, he said that if his dad didn't run he might consider it. If his dad ran he would support his dad, and that's what happened.

He can overcome this problem with most people by just being himself while getting greater exposure. When people get to know him better, it will become obvious that he is not his dad.

This same problem will be a blessing as he will inherit all the crazy Ron Paul supporters. He will get the Libertarian vote. He will get the Conservative vote. He will get the Liberal pot head vote. He'd decriminalize small amounts of pot to make room in prison for rapists and killers.

He is for a strong defense, but won't get us involved in every war that comes along. I don't know about you, but I am SICK of war. I am SICK of seeing our heroes without arms & legs. I am SICK of seeing our heroes under flag draped coffins, being used as a photo op by politicians like B.O. and HRC. I am sick of seeing our heroes being tried for war crimes. It's WAR! You can blow their brains all over the ground, but don't you DARE pee on their dead bodies. It's called stress relief. The dead guy didn't mind.

So, let's not give the left any help in trying to discredit
Rand Paul. Trust me, they don't need any help.

Paul/Palin? Paul/Carson? Paul/Cruz?

19 posted on 02/22/2013 9:23:16 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow...unheard of. And if he returns 600,000 how much of a budget does each freaking congressman and senator get???


20 posted on 02/22/2013 9:25:31 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: SeekAndFind

But Ron Paul should have returned the Stormfront money?


21 posted on 02/22/2013 9:27:51 AM PST by EEGator
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To: DouglasKC
Wow...unheard of. And if he returns 600,000 how much of a budget does each freaking congressman and senator get???

No kidding! If he said that $600K was 20% of his budget, wouldn't that be $3 million?

Good for Rand!
22 posted on 02/22/2013 9:33:54 AM PST by Girlene
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To: faucetman
This is Rand Paul's biggest obstacle. People thinking he's his dad.

Quite a few on FR will be leading the attack. The GOP shills on here will be ready to pounce.

23 posted on 02/22/2013 9:34:27 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: DouglasKC

RE: Wow...unheard of. And if he returns 600,000 how much of a budget does each freaking congressman and senator get???

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According to the article: The $600,000 reflects more than 20% of Paul’s annual office budget, according to a press release. You do the math.

$600,000 is 20% of $3,000,000. That’s just OFFICE BUDGET.

Doesn’t include the others budgets — Personnel, interns, fact-finding missions, studies conducted, etc.


24 posted on 02/22/2013 9:49:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The pentagon could do exactly this same thing and the number would be more than the extra money they are being given this year.

They promised extra money and now they don’t want give as much extra money.

Rand’s example proves they didn’t need to promise extra money to everyone, that the amount they had was already too much.


25 posted on 02/22/2013 10:24:08 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: SampleMan
Its a rare CEO that has the office budget of a U.S. Representative. I’d love to see a true itemization of how some of them spend that budget.

That would be a nice little rule that Boehner could have placed into the House rules. "An itemized list of expenditures must be supplied to every constituent of your district on an annual basis."
26 posted on 02/22/2013 11:09:02 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: SeekAndFind
$600,000 is 20% of $3,000,000. That’s just OFFICE BUDGET.

And that's just ONE Senator. Multiply by 100 and you get $300 MILLION just for Senators' budgets! Add to that whatever each Representative gets and WOW!!
27 posted on 02/22/2013 11:24:21 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder what Jesse Jr. would have done with the money. Another remodel? 30-day world cruise? Ferrari?


28 posted on 02/22/2013 1:39:59 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: SeekAndFind

He may indeed be the only chance we have to stop out of control statists in the 2016 election.


29 posted on 02/22/2013 1:59:25 PM PST by pythonjavaawk
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He may indeed be the only chance we have to stop out of control statists in the 2016 election.

I like Rand. I wish Cruz had a couple more years under his belt for 2016 - if he's even eligible. Governor Walker just disappointed today me with his cave on obamamediscare. I was hoping he would run, but now, meh...

30 posted on 02/22/2013 2:51:12 PM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: faucetman

First of all, Cruz can not do it. As a diehard Constitution lover, he’d be the first to say that, because of his Canadian birth he’s not NBC.
Not knocking Cruz, he’s my man!

In 2012 Rand needed some years more in grade. In 16 if he keeps nipping their heels like recently, he would be a force for the left to fear.


31 posted on 02/22/2013 10:39:48 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: Eagle of Liberty
And that's just ONE Senator. Multiply by 100 and you get $300 MILLION just for Senators' budgets! Add to that whatever each Representative gets and WOW!!

Socialism Is Legal Plunder - "The Law", Frederic Bastiat 1801-1850

32 posted on 02/23/2013 12:42:13 AM PST by PGalt
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