Overall your statement that small business owners are getting the shaft from both obsolete government regulations and big corporations which game the system to gain unfair competitive advantages is correct.

The author should have specified large corporations instead of lumping all of us in his diatribe against the worst excesses of free market capitalism.

As a small business owner, I know how it feels to get squeezed from both sides. If you aren’t large enough to afford an in-house HR and accounting to deal with payroll, withholdings, insurance, collecting and paying retail taxes, etc., running a business can be a nightmare for an owner, while your big corporate clients grind and coerce you on every bid.

But you made some specific statements that are just flat out wrong. I’m only going to examine one of them (addressing everything would take hours):

…lets be honest, government has never shown, not once, to be a good steward of ANYONE’s resources…

I can think of more than zero instances where government is a better steward of our resources than private companies. Here goes.

Health insurance

Meanwhile, it is documented in numerous studies that going to single payer (which is not socialized medicine — it is simply eliminating the for profit middle men who run the health insurance system, creating a Medicare for all), would pay for itself with the cost savings from eliminating all the waste created by private insurance companies:

http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-system-cost

War Profiteering

Contractors reap $138bn from Iraq war

A 2011 report from the commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan estimated that defence contractors had wasted or lost to fraud as much as $60bn — or $12m a day — since 2001.

Watch this documentary. It’s shocking how badly we taxpayers got screwed by the private sector.

Pharmaceuticals

And now we’ve got the next level of anti-competitive behavior in the form of price gouging scandals like the EpiPen and the infamous Martin Shkreli (the a-hole who bought a company and then raised the price of Darprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill).

The Commons

End of rant.

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