Obama’s Unhelpful Advice: Call Uncle Sam

On his recent taxpayer-funded campaign tour, President Obama was asked a question by a farmer worried about burdensome new regulations from Washington which he fears will encroach upon his livelihood. The President, in response, told the farmer that there was a lot of misinformation out there (no doubt from we dastardly bloggers) and that the farmer should call the USDA directly.

Here’s the video:

The problem is that the President’s advice wasn’t all that helpful. A reporter for Politico tried to take the President up on his advice, and spent two days being shuttled from office to office on the phone while not getting any answers.

The idea that a citizen can just call up a branch of the federal government and get a helpful response from a bureaucrat is kind of a myth. The federal government has become a confusing labyrinth of bureaucracy, and the sheer size of it alone leads to confusion as to what the government’s agenda really is.

That Obama is either clueless to this reality, or aware of it but unwilling to acknowledge it, doesn’t speak highly for him as president.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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