I Wish More People Did This
I once tried to return money from my budget to my finance department. After about a month of pushing, I had to give up, and then I got yelled at for not spending the budget I was allocated. After that, I finally punted and just started taking zero budget for any given cycle, then begging for the extras that people couldn’t figure out how to spend. It took more effort, but ended up saving the company money.
Paul’s office returned half a million dollars about this time last year, adding up to a grand total of over a million dollars in savings in just his two years in the Senate. Again, taking the time to bother with even just the itty bitty chunk of the federal budget allotted to you may be a small thing, but it’s a good one. What if all Congresspeople, administrators, officials, agencies, bureaus, and departments were this frugal, instead of operating under the current use-it-or-lose-it mentality? It can be done, and that could very quickly amount to billions of dollars in government savings. It isn’t entitlement reform, but it ain’t nothin,’ either.
Responsibility is everyone’s gig. It would be nice if more people remembered that.