By MARKWAYNE MULLIN
If you listened to President Obama’s State of the Union speech in January, you probably heard him reference the middle class a few times when he laid out his Middle-Class Economics plan, which included raising taxes and broadening the scope of government in our lives.
When we look at the budget that the president submitted this year to Congress, we see more evidence that he has no concept of how the middle class lives. The very notion of staying within a budget, reducing debt or making tough choices are lost on a president, whose $4 trillion budget never balances and exceeds by over $70 billion the spending caps that are in law.
Most people work hard and they are willing to sacrifice to see their children and grandchildren have a better life. This not just a middle-class concept, it is an American reality at many income levels.
This is the ambition that built our country. It is what propels entrepreneurs to take risks, create jobs and work tirelessly to see that the business succeeds for the sake of their families and their employees. It is the same motivation that my wife and I had when we were building our business and worked round-the-clock for three years in order to save the company and bring it out of debt.
It is deeply frustrating that the president does not get this message. Instead, he proposes to extinguish that drive through higher taxes, excessive red tape from his bureaucrats, proposals for more hand-outs and by creating financial incentives for people not to work at all.
I wholeheartedly disagree with the president’s vision for America. You can count on my continued efforts to fight his deeply flawed vision for the middle class and for our entire country. We must hold him accountable for the overreach and the attempts to take more money out of the pockets of hard-working Oklahomans.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, we are working to develop a budget that truly helps the middle class, focuses on spending priorities and puts us on the path to a balanced budget situation in a reasonable amount of time. Even more, we are working to reduce the size of government.
By decreasing the size of our federal government, we can remove burdensome regulations on job providers, balance our nation’s budget and ultimately create an atmosphere of opportunity for our children.
This is my goal as the House goes through its budget process. But this is also about you and your family’s future. So as always, I encourage Oklahomans to contact my office with their thoughts and concerns as we fight to get our country on the right path.
(Markwayne Mullin is the congressman for the second district of Oklahoma. His email address is: http://mullin.house.gov/ and his phone number is (202) 205-2701 )