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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ron Paul Returns $100,000 of His Congressional Office Budget to Treasury

Photo by Gage Skidmore

This is the kind of integrity and fiscal responsibility we need to see from more of our politicians. In a press release dated March 1, 2010, Congressman Ron Paul's office reports his frugality with our taxpayer money:

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For Immediate Release
March 1, 2010

Congressman Paul Returns Over $100,000 to Treasury

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ron Paul has continued to run his Congressional office in a frugal manner, and was able to return more than $100,000 from his allotted office budget to the Treasury this year, an increase over the $90,000 returned last year.

“Since my first year in Congress representing the 14th district I have managed my office in a frugal manner, instructing staff to provide the greatest possible service to the people of the 14th district at the least possible cost to taxpayers,” said Paul.

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Now that is true fiscal conservatism! Despite powerful incentives to do otherwise, this is something Congressman Ron Paul does every year. You see in Washington, if you spend less money, then the you often get less in your budget the following year.

So bureaucrats and politicians have an incentive to spend every last cent, even wastefully, so their budget doesn't get cut. Some even go over budget in order to get a larger allotment the following year. Not Ron Paul's Congressional office.

Politicians can rant and rave all they want about the deficit, but most do absolutely nothing about it. Democrats claim fiscal conservatism then run up the deficit to historically unprecedented levels. During their time in power, the Republicans did the same thing.

But just a very few politicians actually practice what they preach and have the record to prove it. In terms of all his voting and even in how he conducts his personal affairs and Congressional office, Ron Paul has shown for more than ten terms as a Congressman, that he is that rare breed.

Good for you Ron Paul!