Milton Friedman claims there are two conditions that must be met for the market economy to work. He says the market must be free from 1) coercion and 2) fraud. The past 20 years of merger mania has created an increased incidence of both. When there's less competition, there are fewer other businesses to keep the market honest or fair.
For years small to mid-sized businesses voted with the mega-corporations because their economic interests were roughly the same, but increasing monopolization in the global market place has left small to mid-sized businesses further and further behind.
What I meant to say is that they're being eaten alive by the bigger fish. It's not competition anymore when you get to make your own rules.
Want a great example? WalMart and GM are now starting to openly stump for some kind of state run health care system. Interesting, eh?
Locally, there's movement that doesn't involve the Democrat's plan in the Wisconsin Senate.
See what's up at the Business Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare.
You don't have to be afraid of a health care system when it makes good economic sense for your business.
Remember, it's net, not gross that matters.