One of the paradoxes of American politics is that our friends on the left (and even many on the right) are generally supportive of expansive regulatory regimes even as they rail against the evils of big business.

This is a paradox because one way businesses deal with complicated and costly regulations is through consolidation. The economies of scale better equip a company to deal with often byzantine compliance mazes they’re tasked with running. By promoting bigger and more muscular bureaucracies, we encourage bigger and more muscular business.

Case in point, consider this letter to the editor in the Fargo Forum today from a man whose wife runs a small business. An in-home daycare, specifically. His whole letter is worth your time to read, but consider this excerpt:

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