Mather Byles' fear has come true.
Quick: Without looking anything up, name your city councilmen or county commissioners.
Remember, they can stifle business every bit as effectively as anybody in your state capital or in Washington, D.C.
For all the Two Minutes' Hate over the economy directed at the Dear Reader by the Tea Party crowd, he has a lot less influence over your local economy than do various licensing bureaus and zoning boards. And you have a lot less influence over him.
(H/T to Unc.)