Starting my small business: Cities make it incredibly hard to get a business license:
Nothing makes you see the virtues of small government like starting a business. Matthew Yeglasias--a very well-known liberal writer--discovers what it is like to have to get the government's permission to rent a room out of his house. These are like a tax, though since they are taken out in kind they are seldom measured. An interesting point that he makes is that the rules are especially difficult to follow if you have limited English or a 9-5, inflexible working schedule, hurting precisely the kinds of working class people that liberals presumably aim to help.