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Not to undermine Doug's

Not to undermine Doug's point, but it isn't like there aren't 100s of family-owned, small burger joints around the US.

When it comes to regulations like environmental regulations, that is just protecting the environment. No one has the right to pollute. In fact, regulations allow companies TO pollute...in a free market, they would have no right at all. This would hamper every company, big or small.

When it comes to helping out the disabled, the regulations are so minor that they are not worth mentioning. Seriously, demanding that businesses have wheelchair access or are non-discriminatory towards crippled people is hardly a burden on business. There are no statistics to back this up, but I think this makes sense from a logical standpoint.

Worker's rights: So let us say that the government demands that companies give health insurance and provide a minimum wage. The argument is that small companies cannot pay for these things, and therefore, go out of business. However, without government intervention, what would prevent big companies from acquiring those workers in the first place? If a big company can offer higher wages, better healthcare, etc. it is going to be very difficult for the smaller companies to compete anyways.

White collar jobs already, by the market, demand much more than what government mandates companies pay.

One could argue that government still plays a role in hampering businesses that hire mostly blue-collar workers. They could hire some very unskilled workers that are not desired by big companies for lower wages. But look at a company like McDonalds, which is not the worst-paying company (starting average pay is over federal minimum wage, for example). The average cost for non-managerial employees who work 40 hours a week is US$27,000. That includes salary, benefits, payroll tax match, sick leave, cost of building operations, insurance, etc. And, it doesn't include tax breaks that companies get for hiring people who are disabled, rehabbed criminals, etc.

That comes down to 13 dollars an hour for each worker. If you can't manage to pay your workers 13 dollars (including EVERYTHING, like the cost of maintaining bathrooms, safety training, their uniform) an hour, what kind of business are you?

Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:

Overview: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/my-plan-for-reducin...

Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a