“In the poker game of life women are the rake.” – Worm from the movie Rounders
I’d actually say the rake is taxation.
We are not creating new businesses in the USA at the rate we used to. A mixture of factors has contributed to this (as is pointed out in the attached article) but crony capitalism and overegulation (the two are tied) are the chief culprits in my estimation.
It’s always been hard to start a business.