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Aug 17 2013

Mullin: Government $ for Me, Not for Thee

Remember Rep. Markwayne Mullin, the legislator who claimed that there is rampant fraud in food stamps because he saw someone physically fit using them at a grocery store? Turns out Mullin has been sucking at the government tit as well, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars:

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) who blasted a “physically fit” couple for using food stamps at a suburban Virginia grocery store, collected 370,000 dollars in federal stimulus money for his Oklahoma plumbing company. Mullin who brags about turning the plumbing company into a successful business never mentions the government help he received to make it thrive. Or if he did not need the money to prop up his plumbing firm, he never mentions that his business was “physically fit” and that he did not actually need stimulus money to keep it afloat…

After winning his GOP House primary in 2012, Mullin remarked “government needs to have a limited role in our lives. We can take care of ourselves.”  Of course, it is easier to take care of yourself after the federal government cuts you a few checks totaling 370 grand. No wonder Mr. Mullin looks so physically fit.

And I bet he also claims that the stimulus bill didn’t create any jobs at all, too.

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  1. 1
    Gregory in Seattle

    An obscenely hypocritical Republican Congressman? About as surprising as sunrise in the morning.

  2. 2
    Trebuchet

    And I bet he also claims that the stimulus bill didn’t create any jobs at all, too.

    It’s entirely possible that it didn’t, at least at his plumbing company. It probably went straight into his pocket.

  3. 3
    matty1

    It’s simple he is rich and that God wants him to have money so giving him more is just following the divine will. People on food stamps are poor, which proves God wants them to be poor so giving them anything is thwarting him.

    Sadly I’m not sure this argument is as far from how people really think as I’d like it to be.

  4. 4
    Modusoperandi

    Yes, but as a Job Creator, he earned that money. And anyway, $370,000 is a pittance beside the massive $200 per month for SNAP. Besides, you just know that everybody in that household was on food stamps, so the 2,470 people in that house took at least as much as he did every month to waste on food. And, furthermore, he earned that money.

  5. 5
    Alverant

    This is nothing new. Remember in history class about the “captains of industry” where “visionaries” in private enterprise helped expand the USA? They also had massive government support. The transcontinental railroad would not have been built without government land grants and a military to keep the natives away. Without government help Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc wouldn’t have had the guts to do anything. A fact that’s conveniently forgotten by those who want the government to have a limited role in their lives.

  6. 6
    exdrone

    Mullin, the legislator who claimed that there is rampant fraud in food stamps because he saw someone physically fit using them at a grocery store

    I am told that someone has seen Mullin use a public washroom, so by his own logic, his use of federal stimulus money for his plumbing business is equally a fraud. There’s your hypocrisy. … er … I think. … Anyways, grumble, grumble, government hand-outs.

  7. 7
    Marcus Ranum

    No wonder he hates welfare fraudsters: they’re competition.

  8. 8
    Marcus Ranum

    This is nothing new. Remember in history class about the “captains of industry” where “visionaries” in private enterprise helped expand the USA?

    And even that’s nothing new. Consider that the USA was founded by a bunch of grifters who managed to get so wealthy “off the books” selling slaves, cotton, rum and tobacco that they triggered a revolution against England when the crown attempted to tax the proceeds of their enterprises. Of course setting up their own little tax haven of power and privilege didn’t work out so well for the people, who fairly quickly had a higher tax rate than anyplace in the British Empire. Thus began the great USA tradition of leadership by tax-shirking con-men.*

    (*Traditionally, at this point, someone will laud Jefferson’s brains and erudition. But at best he was the best of a bad lot.)

  9. 9
    kantalope

    Taking 154 years worth of SNAP benefits all in one go is just smart business.

  10. 10
    iariese

    Stupidity caused Marcus Ranum to say – “But at best he was the best of a bad lot.” For being a “bad lot”, those men and women sure accomplished a large number of pretty great things. Certainly not up to what YOU have accomplished, Marcus, though. Right?

  11. 11
    pilch62

    And if we’re going around judging people by their “looks”, Mullin doesn’t look much like a Cherokee to me (if you follow the links, the original article about Mullin receiving federal stimulus funds states he is a member of the Cherokee Nation, thru which he received the funds), and as such not deserving of said funds, just like the physically fit food stamp users. Live by the “look”, die by the “look” . . .

    He is a real piece of work . . .

  12. 12
    democommie

    “He is a real piece of work . . .”

    I was thinking, “piece of”, but not, “work”.

    Mullin claims to be part Cherokee? Gosh, I’m sure that his republican colleagues will applaud him and praise his “multiversitymessosity”. Well, that’s what they do when other people claim to be “part Cherokee”:

    http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/05/elizabeth-warren-is-part-native-american

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