In a day when even minor public officials feel like they need full-time bodyguards, private planes and police escorts, this is refreshing:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he will send a $600,000 check to the U.S. Treasury, returning the part of his operating budget as a senator that was not spent.
Paul made the announcement at press conference in Kentucky on Wednesday. According to a press release from Paul’s office, the sum is over 20 percent of the total operating budget.
I have no idea if this is unusual or how unusual it is. I would suspect that most senators max out their spending, but would like to see some hard figures on it.
In any case, while half a million isn’t much by government standards, it’s a nice gesture from the supposed crackpot from Kentucky. I’ve known a few other Senators who eschewed the trappings of office (Orin Hatch, George Allen) and practice what preach on government spending. We need more.