Pundit Matt Yglesias discovers how hard it is to start a business in America. “Red tape, long lines, inconvenient office hours, and other logistical hassles… a large and needless deterrent to the formation of the humble workaday firms that for many people are a path to autonomy and prosperity.” A conservative is a liberal who’s trying to rent out a condo (the business he’s trying to start.)

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Bonfire of the Absurdities February 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

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Mead’s article answers the question we’ve all asked ourselves:

“Many college students and academics like to think that the reason that these populations are often more liberal than the average American is that they are smarter and better educated. Yglesias’ experience with the deeply dysfunctional Washington DC bureaucracy and the shock and surprise his column expresses at this experience suggests another explanation: that progressive intellectuals, like academics, have less experience with the real world than other people, and don’t understand the social consequences and costs of the measures they so naively and impractically think will make life better for all. “

CO2Insanity February 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

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The effiing insurance comapanies and banks are just as bad nowadays if not worse then the government.

Navyvet2 February 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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I dont know how to get around the maddening insurance co bureaucracy, but I suggest with banks, you go to a small local or state bank. I changed and it is a pleasure to deal with them. They answer the phone and transfer you to the correct department that also answers the phone. The correct department answers your question. The whole transaction takes 2-3 minutes. With a big bank, you arent even through the automated answering maze in 2-3 minutes not to mention the half hour you wait on hold for someone to tell you that you have the wrong department. Screw Big Banks!

ooddballz February 4, 2013 at 2:01 pm

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I use a credit union. Will never use another bank in the states.

poppajoe49 February 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

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I’m with you ooddballz, I am with a credit union and couldn’t be happier.
They require a $5 minimum balance in a share (savings) account and no minimum balance in draft (checking). There are no other minimum balances or fees.
The debit card works like any other, and there are no fees if you do a purchase as debit or credit.
Mortgages and car loans are at a better rate than you will get elsewhere.
There is no better deal anywhere than at a credit union.

Not so silent February 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

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I have been a credit union member for 30 years, have no use for banks…..

PsychoDad February 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

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“Red tape, long lines, inconvenient office hours, and other logistical hassles probably won’t stop tomorrow’s super-genius from launching the next great billion-dollar company. But it’s a large and needless deterrent to the formation of the humble workaday firms that for many people are a path to autonomy and prosperity.”

“Almost thou persuadest me to be a Republican!”

poppajoe49 February 4, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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I know a guy that has been trying to open a mortgage company in Phoenix for nearly 2 years now. The Obama run banking commission is making it so hard for him to get licensing, that he is almost ready to throw in the towel.
This admin is so anti business that I’m surprised there are any jobs available anywhere. It’s a freakin’ disaster.

flashingscotsman February 6, 2013 at 6:02 pm

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“Almost thou persuadest me to be a Republican!”

A Republican? They’re responsible for just as much of the screwed up regulations and red tape as the Democrats. If Libertarians were in charge, it would be completely different.

poppajoe49 February 7, 2013 at 5:05 am

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We Hope.
Everyone gets there with good intentions, but something changes them.

sa_rose February 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

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Libertarians are a little TOO laizee fair for e. I would just like to see peole from whatever origin look at the country as a whole and try to work together to make and keep us strong. Everything going on and they want to cut the military? And who do you think they want out? The longr serving, more experienced people. They did it after WWI and look where THAT got us.

jcrowley1985 February 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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ooddballz February 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm

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All this red tape and hassle are put in place by the GOVERNMENT you fucking moron.

jcrowley1985 February 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

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ooddballz February 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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Just in case I have not mentioned it lately, you are a fucking moron and a welfare whore.
I call you a welfare whore because you have sucked more out of the system than you will ever contribute. You sell yourself for food-stamps.
I know there are folks here who are on disability, but the difference between you and them is THEY PAID INTO THE SYSTEM. Plus, they would RATHER be working if they could. You CHOOSE to be a whore to the system.
WELFARE GREED!

Not so silent February 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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Creepy Crowley you really are a stupid fuck..But since you don’t have a fucking clue about business and your transgender clown studies degree doesn’t lend itself to business you don’t know a god damn thing..Go back to either E-bay or play with your Ron Paul Butt plug. It’s not corporate greed we have to worry about, it retards like you who vote for asshats like Paul thus insuring we continue to have government that screws with those of us who don’t get free shit like you do…Having owned several small business I can tell what you DON’T know about business could fill an entire hard drive….Welfare leach….sucking on the government tit while trying to tell us corporations are evil and responsible for the fall of modern civilization…whats responsible for this countries problems are shitheads like you who are complete failures and sit on their ass and won’t do anything to change their situation…Your an epic failure if there ever was one, now go tell mommy the internet people where mean to you and call some government agency that gives a shit…

sa_rose February 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

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I actually agree that Corporate AMerica, through bribes, give aways, promised jobs if the Senator or Representative is not re elected helps get these regulations developed and passed. But the bottom line is it all comes back to Government. If our Legislators were honest, and represented their constituents (rather than their own pocketbooks) in an appropriate and ethical way. the corporations and other lobbying groups would have no power to control the development and instigation of so many stupid bureaucratic hoops. So it all goes back to GOVERNMENT greed in order for corporations to get any results.

Not so silent February 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

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Look at General Electric..They flat out bribed the president and members of the senate and the reward? No taxes on what,. 13 billion in profits..Amazing how that works. But that’s government greed rewarding the corporations that pay to play. (I had to throw that in before crowley starts drooling and thinks we are on the same team)

sa_rose February 7, 2013 at 10:06 am

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Agreed. We understand the reality of bribing and well, bribing by any other name. But I am not and will NEVER be on the creep’s team.

poppajoe49 February 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm

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IDIOT

Progressive Hemrrhoid February 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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“You didn’t build that” because we won’t let you!!!