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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  • Right-in-Texas

    Wow if this is the USDA that supposedly has been in power long enough to be organized. Can you imagine if you need to get a new hip, kidney,  or whatever and try to get through the obamacare beauracrats?

  • robert108

    “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was just a movie.  It’s not real life.  The govt doesn’t deal with individuals, only groups, and it helps if you are in an activist group, or are part of a lobbying group.  That’s why there are so many lobbyists.  If you want to get your message to govt, find a lobbyist who represents your issue.
    Of course, obama was just deflecting a question that would have embarrassed him, if he had answered it honestly.

  • Jimmmypop

     “A reporter for Politico tried to take the President up on his advice” this is good journalism. we need more of this on the alphabet soups.

  • SigFan

    My experience with ANY branch of the Federal Government has been even more aggravating than a trip to the local state run DMV.  Mindless drones who have no idea that they are supposed to be “public servants”, that can’t answer simple questions, and are too lazy to go find the answers.  You’re more likely to get a helpful and intelligible answer from your dog than most of these people.

    When my brother passed away three years ago, it took five weeks and at least a dozen phone calls and two letters to get his SS payments stopped.  You would think they would jump at the chance to stop paying money back to those they stole it from.

  • Spartacus

    In 2013 we can run an ad in Kenyan newspapers offering him for free to any good village needing an idiot.

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