Autonomy is something that Socialism and other tyrannical forms of ‘leadership’ cannot tolerate! They think it's dangerous to allow individuals that kind of independence and opportunity for personal advancement, OUTSIDE the 'system'.
But on the simplest level, small businesses are simply irrelevant to all of the DC power players. They don't make enough money to become reliable campaign contributors; they are often run by cranky libertarians who won't go along with statist schemes to centralize power in DC; small business owners are already resented in their communities for their relative wealth; and there simply aren't enough of them to effect any serious political change no matter what DC does to them.
All this makes small business the perfect cow to milk when more tax dollars are needed. If onerous conditions demanded by DC and the state governments drive some of them under, so what? There's always another dreamer in a corporate office somewhere ready to blow his life savings on a new startup. And liberals never have to take any blame - they just say, "Well, your business idea wasn't very good then, was it?"
Whilst in full agreement, you do not carry this far enough as it applies to almost every government functionary. Small business, by definition is run by the skin of their teeth individuals with minimal resources. To be a success, they devote time, money and effort for risks that others would consider absurd.
The average government functionary / bureaucrat is almost the exact opposite in all respects. They are people of time clocks, ample resources, set goals and no risk. These types love to deal with large business because it becomes a mutually satisfactory arrangement for the most part. If there is a rule or requirement, big business has the resource to either do it or to challenge it in the recognized channels of lobbyists or the courts. In either case the government bureaucrat has a satisfactory check-mark on his file. On the cynical side, these encounters might lead to lunches, dinners, job offers or other individual advantages.
Now consider the encounter with the small business. Minimal resources means that cooperation with rule changes takes resources that may not be possible. Even the best meaning bureaucrat will become frustrated and antagonistic with the lack of progress in 'solving' the problem. Add to this that there is little to no hope for the individual benefit of the government functionary and the lack of appreciation grows.
It is my contention that large government is anathema to small business. Obama is just the tip of this spear and like all big government types has little to no appreciation of this economic sector. After all, his highly illuminating repeat of Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) dictum; "You didn't build this!" has never been withdrawn, has it?
Obama’s business model is the same as Lenin’s... making any profit is a crime and all businesses are collectivized into state run enterprises.
True and the bigger the business the greater the taxes.