By Tim Devaney-The Washington Times
Political newcomer Markwayne Mullin, a congressional candidate from Oklahoma tapped to deliver the weekly Republican address, says the Obama administration is smothering small businesses in overregulation.
â€œOur economy doesnâ€™t need more meddling â€” it needs more certainty,â€ Mr. Mullin said. â€œAnd we donâ€™t need more regulators â€” we need more representatives who understand what it takes to create jobs.â€
â€œIf weâ€™re serious about keeping jobs here and bringing jobs home, we need to stop burdening small businesses with excessive and unnecessary regulations,â€ he added. â€œWe need to get government out of the way.â€
Mr. Mullin, a small business owner, is running against Democrat Rob Wallace, former assistant district attorney, in a race to fill an open seat held by Democrat Rep. Dan Boren, who is retiring after this term.
Mr. Mullin talked about taking over his fatherâ€™s debt-burdened plumbing business and turning it into the largest service company in Oklahoma.
â€œMy dad came to me and said, â€˜if you want to take over the family business, itâ€™s yours. If not, Iâ€™m shutting it down,â€™â€ Mr. Mullin said. In less than four years, the company was debt free. Now, it employs more than 120 people and has more than 80 trucks on the road, he said.
â€œIâ€™m proud of what weâ€™ve accomplished, especially when I think back to how unsure I was about what I was getting into,â€ Mr. Mullin said. â€œMany of the folks I meet on the campaign trail have the same hesitation about the challenges our country is facing. They ask me, â€˜Have we gone too far off track? Do you really think we can turn this around?â€™ My answer, hands down, is â€˜Yes.â€™ And I know exactly where I and many of my fellow small businesses would start.â€
That would be government regulations. Mr. Mullin pointed out that the Obama administration has pushed some 4,000 regulations, which together cost small businesses $1.7 trillion a year, according to the Small Business Administration.
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