With members of Congress perennially listed as among the least approved group in America, an Oklahoma congressman is setting the bar even lower. At a recent town hall meeting he said that taxpayers don’t pay his salary.

Sounding like an entitled elitist, Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin is telling constituents that he won’t honor a term limit pledge because he doesn’t work for them.

“You say you pay for me to do this? That’s bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,” Mullin told an audience.

Sadly, Mullin is only putting to words what many Members of Congress seem to believe. The idea of being public servants was tossed out the window long ago, as Members of Congress from both parties found they could serve themselves in public office.

So you can be ignored, or insulted. Either way, Mullin and too many of his cronies think you work for them.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Michael Quinn Sullivan and his wife have three children. He is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. Check out his podcast, “Reflections on Life and Liberty.”