This is an interesting debate, local vs. Federal, and it's a shame that the author can't distinguish between the disparate treatment that the Fortune 500 gets when they pursue destructive mountain top removal (no fines or enforcement applied in the face of big transmultinational money) and the extreme bias Federal agencies met out against small business. It's as if Federal enforcement, such as EPA laws apply only to small operators in order to wipe them out.
We call this unequal treatment: Racketeering which leads to powerful government-corrupting Monopolies, much as Walmart does to kill off Unions and local input, forcing the public to shop at Wall-Street-Mart or not at all.
Why is the Federal government not shutting down BP in the Gulf after Deepwater Horizon? Why is the Federal government not preventing arctic drilling in the face of widespread documented pipeline inspection fraud? (put stubones49 in search field).
It's an unacceptable double standard and it has ruined America.