Today’s Must Read – Atlas is Shrugging

After listening to hours of business bashing at a public hearing, this man annouces that he’s just quitting.

My name’s Ronnie Bryant, and I’m a mine operator…. I’ve been issued a [state] permit in the recent past for [waste water] discharge, and after standing in this room today listening to the comments being made by the people…. [pause] Nearly every day without fail — I have a different perspective — men stream to these [mining] operations looking for work in Walker County. They can’t pay their mortgage. They can’t pay their car note. They can’t feed their families. They don’t have health insurance. And as I stand here today, I just … you know … what’s the use? I got a permit to open up an underground coal mine that would employ probably 125 people. They’d be paid wages from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. We would consume probably $50 million to $60 million in consumables a year, putting more men to work. And my only idea today is to go home. What’s the use? I don’t know. I mean, I see these guys — I see them with tears in their eyes — looking for work. And if there’s so much opposition to these guys making a living, I feel like there’s no need in me putting out the effort to provide work for them. So as I stood against the wall here today, basically what I’ve decided is not to open the mine. I’m just quitting. Thank you.

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2 Comments on “Today’s Must Read – Atlas is Shrugging”

  1. Its pretty astounding, isn’t it?

  2. Car in Says:

    No, actually it’s not. It’s astounding that we’ve reached this point. But now that we’re here, it seems like the most natural thing.

    Why fight? We go through hoops, red tape, regulation, all that BULLSHIT, when what you want to do is open a business, employee people, provide a service, and make an income.

    No. Government – from local to national – see you as the enemy. They’ve completely lost perspective that THEIR OWN FUCKING SALARIES come from business folk doing business.

    /pulls hair out.

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