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Rand Paul returns budget surplus to treasury
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I like him more and more every day. This is classy and something I wish would be done across the federal sea. I spent a brief time of my life working for the Federal Government and am all too aware of the out of control surplus spending at the end of every year.

The Blaze: Rand Paul Writes Giant Check to U.S. Treasury

Quote:Sen. Rand Paul cut a six-figure check to the U.S. Treasury on Wednesday in an effort to do his part to put a tiny chip in the federal debt.

The Kentucky Republican returned $600,000 in funds he saved from his Senate office budget in the last year, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
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csmith;81706 Wrote:I like him more and more every day. This is classy and something I wish would be done across the federal sea. I spent a brief time of my life working for the Federal Government and am all too aware of the out of control surplus spending at the end of every year.

The Blaze: Rand Paul Writes Giant Check to U.S. Treasury

Quote:Sen. Rand Paul cut a six-figure check to the U.S. Treasury on Wednesday in an effort to do his part to put a tiny chip in the federal debt.

The Kentucky Republican returned $600,000 in funds he saved from his Senate office budget in the last year, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

this is something his dad did every year as well.

just imagine if every single politician did that on a yearly basis...
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No doubt it's a bold (and generous) move, but I'd rather see that money go back to the taxpayers, who will use it more appropriately and efficiently than the government, 100 fold.
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bac0nfat;81710 Wrote:No doubt it's a bold (and generous) move, but I'd rather see that money go back to the taxpayers, who will use it more appropriately and efficiently than the government, 100 fold.

no doubt.

I wonder if he'd legally be able to have his office cut a check to every single individual within his state who is of age to vote for the amount he sent back in to the treasury.
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bac0nfat;81710 Wrote:No doubt it's a bold (and generous) move, but I'd rather see that money go back to the taxpayers, who will use it more appropriately and efficiently than the government, 100 fold.

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I wonder if this will make the rounds on the liberal TV talk shows?
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That money was spent before the Feds even cashed the check!!
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andrewjs18;81708 Wrote:just imagine if every single politician did that on a yearly basis...

No need to imagine anything because everybody knows it would make zero difference. Now if he, unlike his dad, voted not to accept all the real money going to his state, that would be something beyond political theater. And if each person decided to stop accepting all the .gov bucks including mortgage interest deductions (cough) something may actually change. Until then, meh!
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Dave;81738 Wrote:
andrewjs18;81708 Wrote:just imagine if every single politician did that on a yearly basis...

No need to imagine anything because everybody knows it would make zero difference. Now if he, unlike his dad, voted not to accept all the real money going to his state, that would be something beyond political theater. And if each person decided to stop accepting all the .gov bucks including mortgage interest deductions (cough) something may actually change. Until then, meh!

How is a mortgage interest deduction equivalent to "accepting gov bucks?" It just lowers your taxable income, letting you keep more of YOUR own money. It's not a handout from the government.
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bac0nfat;81742 Wrote:How is a mortgage interest deduction equivalent to "accepting gov bucks?" It just lowers your taxable income, letting you keep more of YOUR own money. It's not a handout from the government.

Yep, lowers your tax which is paid for by increasing the debt. Why should others help pay your mortgage interest? It's not just this but billions upon billions of additional deductions along with billions more of entitlements such as SS and Medicare why we are in the mess we are in.

Everybody cries about .gov spending just as long it's not their benefits being cut.

Don't get me wrong, I own a business and my returns are 58 pages long with even more deductions than most make a year. It's all a racket but we should at least be honest that the enemy is us not some crack head with a.gov phone.

A flat tax with no deductions would fix the unfairness but that would also mean most pay more of their way, and we just can't have that.
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