The Washington Times - August 26, 2011, 02:25PM

Speaker of the House John Boehner asked President Barack Obama to identify and specify the cost of all the proposed rules and regulations coming from the administration, reports Reuters: 

With a battle looming over regulations on businesses, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner asked President Barack Obama on Friday to identify all proposed rules with a projected economic impact of at least $1 billion.

Boehner said he wants the information before Congress returns early next month from its summer recess. He said the House will consider legislation calling for a congressional review and approval of any proposed federal government regulation.

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President Obama recently was asked by a Illinois farmer about the new costly regulations that would negatively impact his business. President Obama, flustered by the question, told the farmer to simply call the USDA for an answer to his question. Apparently, according to a Politico piece not only was the president clueless to the plight of the farmer, the USDA was as well: 

At Wednesday’s town hall in Atkinson, Ill., a local farmer who said he grows corn and soybeans expressed his concerns to President Barack Obama about “more rules and regulations” — including those concerning dust, noise and water runoff — that he heard would negatively affect his business.

The president, on day three of his Midwest bus tour, replied: “If you hear something is happening, but it hasn’t happened, don’t always believe what you hear.”

When the room broke into soft laughter, the president added, “No — and I’m serious about that.”
Saying that “folks in Washington” like to get “all ginned up” about things that aren’t necessarily happening (“Look what’s comin’ down the pipe!”), Obama’s advice was simple: “Contact USDA.”

“Talk to them directly. Find out what it is that you’re concerned about,” Obama told the man. “My suspicion is, a lot of times, they’re going to be able to answer your questions and it will turn out that some of your fears are unfounded.”

Call Uncle Sam. Sensible advice, but perhaps the president has forgotten just how difficult it can be for ordinary citizens to get answers from the government. 

When this POLITICO reporter decided to take the president’s advice and call the USDA for an answer to the Atkinson town hall attendee’s question, I found myself in a bureaucratic equivalent of hot potato — getting bounced from the feds to Illinois state agriculture officials to the state farm bureau.

The regulations coming from the Obama administration have only added to the further downfall of the economy and how the president can explain that this is a “shared sacrifice” is beyond those small businesses and farmers who he obviously shows contempt for when he is willing to send them through an exhaustive bureaucratic process that leads to nothing.