We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
No doubt about it. Government regulations generally end up working in favor of large, established industries and companies, and, in effect, suppress competition. It takes a large legal department to try to make sure of compliance. Upstarts become discouraged, or just blow off the rules and hope nobody notices.
Just see what they are doing to Uber. Customers love Uber.
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
In my experience, small businesses are almost never in full compliance with all relevant (local, state, county, federal) rules and regulations and only are aware of the obvious ones. The only beneficiaries are lawyers. Government rules and regulations are our bread and butter and I am not proud of that.
I operated several and served as a consultant to start-ups and small businesses for 40 years. No way would I start one in the environment of today. Between federal, state, county, township, city, village, etc. regulations, one had sufficient problems then. Now the foot-pages of federal goes to the moon and back.
And compliance is no protection from abuse and extortion.
A local climate controlled warehouse manager was telling me about a valve on one of their systems that was grandfathered in but no no longer on the EPA approved list. They got cited, the lawyer and the EPA said they could go to court and win, but they'd just be cited next inspection and they would have to do it all over again. Cheaper, as in expensive but got the government men off their back, to change the perfectly functional and until whimsical regulation change approved valve to a new one off the new list.