Lots of politicians talk about the need to cut spending and find ways to get the federal budget under control - but in most cases, their cuts start somewhere else, with someone else's money. But two South Carolina Congressmen - Jeff Duncan and Mick Mulvaney - are setting the example by making the tough cuts first with their own budgets.
Last week, Duncan announced that he was turning over roughly $200,000 - or 15 percent - of his Congressional budget unspent. This week, Mulvaney returned over $160,000 - approximately 12 percent - of his office budget for 2012.
Last year, Duncan and Mulvaney were among those who returned over $1.4 million of their budgets.
Duncan pointed out to the move as an attempt to set the example for fiscal restraint:
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I try to run this office the same way I ran my small business. It’s important to apply to our Congressional Office the same common sense principles that we all use to manage our homes and our businesses. If the entire federal government did that, we wouldn’t be $16.5 trillion in debt.
It may be small, but those pennies add up and fiscal responsibility is everyone's job. Duncan and Mulvaney are doing their part to set the right example.