Read this at PL and this at JOM. Now imagine how many tens or hundreds of thousands of man-hours were spent at taxpayer expense for the government employees and their various consultants and lawyers to figure out how to give something costing $100-600 a year away for free (and who should pay for the free stuff). Now think about how many hours were spent in the private sector figuring out (a) what the regulations meant; (b) what they could do about them; and (c) how to increase prices on x in order to pay for the now-free services to y. Question: how could anyone build a plant or start a business in this country when free is so expensive? Answer: for the most part, they don’t.