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The American Dream

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Oklahomans deserve every chance to pursue their dreams, whether the goal is to open a restaurant, run a small business, or innovate something new. The federal government should not stand in the way of these goals. Instead, it should create opportunity and support our dreams. I am working to give Oklahomans these opportunities by cutting red tape, and eliminating obstacles caused by an overpowering tax code and burdensome regulations.


Small businesses are the backbone of Oklahoma’s economy. Together, they paint a clear picture of what the American dream can be. In Claremore, city leaders are urging the community to dream big by implementing the “Claremore Dreams 2025” initiative, with hopes to grow the city’s business presence as well as overall quality when it comes to roads, infrastructure, retail, and dining. This is the type of initiative we need across the state. Claremore is pursuing the American dream and implementing economic growth for their entire community.


My priority in Congress is to keep government from interfering in Oklahoman’s aspirations and to provide a fair chance at succeeding when they decide to own and operate their own small businesses.  In order to do this, overreaching government regulations that put excessive burden on small businesses must be removed. This year, the White House and Congress have worked together to save an estimated $60 billion in regulatory costs and passed 42 bills into law in order to roll back the Obama Administration’s regulatory overreach.


Limiting the control of the federal government allows us to focus on the development of our communities so that together, we can all achieve the American dream. Our small businesses are being weighed down by a tax system that is too complicated to understand and a tax rate that is higher for businesses than anywhere else in the world. Across the country, job creators are forced to spend 8.9 billion hours and $409 billion every year just to file their tax returns. This is time and money that could be spent growing our nation’s businesses, and it would also allow employers to hire new workers and invest in their communities.  In turn, employees could earn a better wage and keep more of their hard earned dollars.


House Republicans have a Better Way, one that opens the door to new jobs and creates new opportunities for Americans to achieve their own version of the American dream.  The American dream should be attainable for everyone. My goal is to implement tax reform and remove harsh regulations so that the people of the Second District have a fair chance at their pursuit of happiness and the opportunity to fulfill their American dream.

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