Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains...

So my wife and I have been looking at starting our own business either in the U.S. or in a couple of other countries with which we are familiar.

It is an utter nightmare.

Why?

Because of the piles upon piles of government regulations.
We thought about buying a plot of land and building a hostel. But do you know how many permits and inspections you need to build anything? And then of course you need more permits and inspections to open a hostel/B&B.

We also thought about opening a pub. But do you know how many permits you need to do that? Just to get a liquor license you have to wait months and pay thousands of dollars and even then you might be denied because some government official has decided that there are "too many" bars in your neighborhood.

We've also thought about a dive shop but there again permits, mandatory insurance costs, etc, make it an utter nightmare to even think about.

The rhetoric of politicians, as usual, doesn't match reality. We are told how important supporting "small business" is and yet the reality is that often the most insurmountable hurdle to starting a small business is the government itself.

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