Politicians have taken this US class war to new levels - to the point of being very anti-business. Witness these "occupation" demonstrations for instance. Or take this example comment from Richard on a Yahoo message board (quoted in entirety): lets all pick a buissness and not shop or buy there for 6 months He wants to put a place out of business to make a point that they should treat people better. One can be anti-business. You can say that businesses need to be better to society. I'm not even going to argue the point. But growing government anti-business makes doing business harder. That hurts the economy (spittle flecked Krugman articles not withstanding). And if a worsening economy makes people more anti-business, then we have a vicious feedback loop.