While not everything is a "government plot",its pretty certain that the government plots to be in everything........and yes,the over regulation and taxation
,as C3shooter mentions,is certainly enough to hinder small business growth.
Along with the culture of frivolous legal involvement over every little thing sponsored by the entitlement mentality fostered by the nanny state government,I believe my point is quite clear.
At least,clear enough to anyone who sees the problem for what it is.
But in order to clarify my position,lawsuits as a remedy for serious and blatant negligence of another party are a part of how a free market regulates itself.
Someone sells a defective product,and it causes injury,then of course a lawsuit is in order.
However,the mentality that ones actions,such as placing a cup of hot coffee between one's legs,and then getting burned by it,are somehow to blame on the seller of the coffee,is absurd.
This issue is,at least to my reckoning,endemic to our society because people are taught that there is always someone else to blame for their problems.
To put it in context of an ammunition maker,someone buys a bunch of 9mm Parabellum for his .380,because hes a fool,and his pistol blows up which results in a lawsuit against the seller which would most likely result in an out of court settlement that in turn ends up costing the seller higher premiums on his insurance.
Also we have another example- someone buying ammunition for a defective weapon,having the gun malfunction,and doing what- filing suit.
So the customers stupidity,and not the negligence of the proprietor,ends up being a costly court case.
This is directly attributable to the entitlement mentality fostered by the welfare nanny state.
Because,you know,its not the fault of the crack addled layabout that he can't get a job,so therefor,productive members of the market have to pay the government to give said blameless and unemployable crackhead a welfare check.
And its ALWAYS the fault of some corporation or the ''1%'' or those who HAVE,that those who DON'T HAVE,HAVE NOT.
So the have nots elect politicians who promise them "free stuff" and demand government to take from others to give to them....and there is the entitlement mentality in a nutshell:
Its ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE'S FAULT.
And it not only reaches into small business-
One of the primary reasons health care costs continue to rise is because of the liability insurance doctors and hospitals have to carry.
And while if the doctor does something like amputate the wrong limb,a lawsuit is most certainly in order; but the vast majority of litigation brought against doctors are frivolous suits being pressed by ambulance chasing attorneys who thrive off the entitlement complex prevalent in todays society.
So,having to worry about such lawsuits certainly makes opening a business much more of a burden then a boon.
This is endemic in our market.
It causes people to have to buy expensive insurance,and hire expensive lawyers,and so many people who don't want the hassle don't bother.
Hence,over-regulation and the entitlement mentality costing the economy.
(not to mention liberty when some buffoon like Obama lets his pet harpy off her leash(pelosi) to create yet MORE regulation(obamacare) to "fix the problem".....)
Ultimately,this gentleman -the OP- should be able to open a business without fear of frivolous lawsuits or the burden of useless and frivolous government regulation.
But he can't and he isn't.
And this is costing either the help he COULD HAVE hired,or the companies whose products he were to need,or both- business and jobs.
And that lost business,is costing the economy.
And hence dies on the vine yet another perfectly viable and likely profitable small business venture.
Yet again,due to outrageous over-regulation by the federal government and the litigious populace of a nanny state that thinks blame for their actions are always assignable to someone else.
And we wonder why our economy is in the crapper.