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You’ll recall George McGovern’s post-politics career as a Connecticut innkeeper. Over at Slate, Matthew Yglesias is undergoing his own McGovern moment:

Starting a Business Is a Huge Pain

I’ve been to three offices, filed five forms, spent $200, lost a day of work—and I’m not even close to getting the simple license I need.

In an ever more sclerotic America, government at every level throws too many obstacles in the path of its citizens for the economy to return to anything approaching meaningful growth.

And all poor old Yglesias wants to do is rent out his condo.



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