Despite a recent Gallup poll showing that just 26 percent of Americans approve of his handling of the economy, President Obama encountered amazingly few critics over the course of his taxpayer-funded bus tour across the Midwest. It wasn’t until the final two stops on the tour, in the small Illinois towns of Atkinson and Alpha, that questioners broached what has been a principle grievance among many in the business community for quite some time: an overly burdensome regulatory regime.
“Please don’t challenge us with more rules and regulations from Washington, D.C.,” implored a man on Wednesday, describing himself as a corn and soybean farmer in Atkinson. “We would prefer to start our day in a tractor cab or combine cab rather than filling out forms and permits to do what we’d like to do.”
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