Government said, You run the joint. Maybe I’ll try to help you.
And the chumps agreed, God bless you, Government. You’ve always been fair with me.
Now the chumps have got the Government as a partner. Any problems, they goes to the Government. Trouble with a bill, to the Government. Trouble with jobs, liquidity, healthcare, they calls the Government.
But now the chumps have to pay the Government… every week no matter what.
“Business bad? Fuck you, pay me.”
“Had a fire? Fuck you, pay me.”
“The place got hit by lightning? Fuck you, pay me.”
Also, now the Government could do anything. Like run up bills on the joint’s credit. And why not? Nobody will pay for it anyway.
Take deliveries at the front door and sell it out the back at a discount.
Take a case of booze and sell it.
It doesn’t matter. It’s all profit.
Then finally, when there’s nothing left… when you can’t borrow another buck from the Chinese… you bust the joint out.
You light a match.