Nick Schulz over at the Enterprise Blog draws our attention to an apparent crackdown by the IRS on the flexible employment arrangements used by many independent contractors and small businesses. It's not clear what impact this will have but, anecdotally at least, there have been reports that many new and young businesses in this recession have been turning more and more to freelancers and contractors. And we've seen the average size of new companies shrink over the past few years by about two employees--as noted in the story above, this likely indicates increasing use of such flexible arrangements.
Put this together with the anti-angel provisions in the Dodd bill (which I think may have been slightly diluted recently), and it seems as if someone has declared a war on startups. Which is, in other words, a war on job creation and economic growth.