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February 4, 2013

Mullin holds town hall meeting at KTC

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Mullin stressed the importance of becoming involved.
“Remember, the Constitution wasn’t written by one person, so everybody’s opinion counts,” he said.
District 17 state Rep. Dr. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, asked about the possibility of getting a law passed requiring food stamp recipients to get drug-tested. That would require federal action, since the food stamp program originates under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
While Mullin didn’t disagree with the concept, he pointed to the experience of the state of Florida, which did institute such a program.
“It’s costing them more to do the drug tests” than they’re saving by cutting off food stamps to those who test positive for drugs, he said.
Mullin said he had a “pity party” one night when he was far from home at the nation’s Capitol and he felt his family needed him. However, he said he eventually fell asleep after realizing he was making an effort to solve the nation’s problems.
He exhorted those present to participate more in helping the nation meets its challenges.
“We’re all going to have to get involved; we’re all going to have to sacrifice a little bit.”
He also cautioned those present about thinking he could work on everything they want.
“If I try to solve everybody’s problem, I’m not going to be effective at anything,” Mullin said. Those who want the same things he’s working on will be pleased, Mullin predicted. Others... not so much.
“What I challenge you to do is choose your target,” Mullin said. “What are you passionate about? What is your pet peeve?”
“I want you to do more than what you’re doing,” Mullin said.
“Are you going to stop the first time it gets hard or someone says you can’t do it?”

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