" I am doing it, on my own, for my own business. That I sure as hell did build. Without your or the government's help."
This kind of attitude really annoys me. The government helps you in MANY ways. Let's break it down, shall we?
" am here at 2 in the morning, reading a little /. after testing a hard drive for errors so I can install it in a customer's computer in the morning."
Why does that customer want their computer? Probably to do either work or recreation on the Internet. Which wouldn't have ever come into existence without taxpayer dollars. We've seen how private enterprise did when they tried to make their version of an "internet". Compuserve, GENie, AOL, all isolated little walled gardens. "The government" that didn't help you actually created an entire industry, and your little PC business most likely wouldn't exist without it because prior to the internet age, the number of PCs sold was a fraction of today since the average Joe didn't see a need for them. Take a look at how many businesses like yours are in the area and ask yourself how well you'd be doing if you had to compete with all of them for only 30% of the current customer base.
But let's step back and have an even more granular look. How much did you pay the local mob boss this month to prevent his boys from coming into your store and trashing the place? Oh, that's right you didn't have to do that because government law enforcement prevents shakedowns like that in first world countries. And those computers and equipment you plug in at work, you don't have to worry about their power supplies being so shoddily put together that they might start the place on fire when you're not around, why is that? That's right, government standards being enforced on those same goods. When your suppliers deliver goods to you, they can't turn around and demand an extra payment for any random reason because you have a contract with them, the provisions of which are dictated by the laws of your country, and enforced by the judicial branch of that country.
Or on an even more basic "life" level. When you go to the supermarket and buy milk, you don't have to worry that the manufacturer spiked the milk with melamine to artificially raise the protein count on quality tests. Your parents didn't have to pay out of pocket up front to send you to a school to learn to read and write. You don't need to worry about roving gangs doing home invasions on your house (OK, this can happen, but it's not a weekly event like in far too many parts of the world).
The big bad government provides the framework that allows your business to even EXIST. Try imagining your life if you were born in even a relatively stable country in Africa like Nigeria. You really think you'd have even close to the same level of success?