I don’t have statistics, but I suspect that many, if not most small businesses like independent hair salons or tattoo parlors are not owned by fat-cat 1%-ers. Some are not even comfortably middle-class. It’s distressing to see the vitriol heaped on people who work just as hard as I do, at even greater personal risk. Why aren’t we going after the ones trying to game the system for cash they don’t need? Sorry, but any company that pays six and seven figure salaries to top echelon management (ie those hospital systems doing all the lay-offs. Better yet the chain restaurants and publicly traded corporations, etc.) has no business claiming they can’t make payroll. I would expect them to tap their own executives and shareholders first for the cash. Why should a small business go under so that the owners of the big corps don’t have to feel the pinch? They took the profits quickly enough! The old saw is right: we’re a country of privatized profits/benefits and socialized costs/consequences. (Looking at you, Walmart, Big Ag, Big Oil, Big Pharma, et al.)
When I view things in that larger context, I find myself empathizing more with the small businessperson fighting for economic survival, guns and all. Sometimes I think we’re raging at the wrong people on this one.