Farmer at a town hall event asks President Obama how he can obtain information about new regulations that he, as a farmer, may need to know about. So he can, you know, follow them and stuff.
Obama tells him to “contact the USDA.” This brings knowing chuckles from other farmers in attendance. To which Obama responds, “Talk to them directly. Find out what it is that you’re concerned about.”
So a Politico reporter tried to do just that. He contacted the USDA to get an answer to the farmer’s question. Nine phone calls and, by my count, 14 buck-passing bureaucrats later, the reporter is finally rewarded with . . . an ass-covering, buck-passing press release from the USDA.
So, still no answer to the farmer’s question.
Keep in mind, this was merely an attempt to find out what the regulations are, so the farmer can abide by the law.
(Related: It’s August 18th, and I still haven’t received my 2010 federal income tax refund.)