Skip to comments.Right Out of Atlas Shrugged’..Exasperated AL Businessman Tell Feds – ‘I’m Just Quitting’
Posted on 07/26/2011 11:32:26 PM PDT by STARWISE
Right Out of Atlas Shrugged: Hear an Exasperated Alabama Businessman Tell the Feds Im Just Quitting
Leaning against a wall during a recent Birmingham, Alabama, public hearing, Bryant listened to an overflow crowd pepper federal officials with concerns about businesses polluting the drinking water and causing cases of cancer.
After two hours, Bryanta coal mine owner from Jasperhad heard enough and, in a moment being described as right out of Atlas Shrugged, took his turn at the microphone:
Audio .. (turn up volume)
(note from audio site: For readers of my website, this is the audio of Ronnie Bryant at a public meeting in Birmingham on July 20, 2011. The recording was made on my iPad just to have a record of correct quotes, so the audio quality is poor since it wasn't intended for broadcast purposes.)
Nearly every day without fail men stream to these [mining] operations looking for work in Walker County. They cant pay their mortgage.
They cant pay their car note. They cant feed their families. They dont have health insurance. And as I stand here today, I just you know whats the use?
I got a permit to open up an underground coal mine that would employ probably 125 people. Theyd 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. Whats the use? I see these guysI see them with tears in their eyeslooking for work. And if theres so much opposition to these guys making a living, I feel like theres no need in me putting out the effort to provide work for them.
So basically what Ive decided is not to open the mine. Im just quitting. Thank you.
The Blaze contacted Bryant, and he remains as resolute as he was at last weeks public hearing. To him, its just not worth the time, money, and regulatory hassle to open up a new mineeven one located in a remote area with less environmental impact.
Worst. President. Ever. In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle:
Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers.
He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket.
He wasnt kidding.
In January the Obama Administration, for the first time ever, blocked an already approved bid to build one of the largest mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian history.
And, on Wednesday it was reported that Obamas energy plans will cause electricity rates to necessarily skyrocket
Just as he promised.
Via US News and World Reports:
Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data.
Overall, the rules aimed at making the air cleaner could cost the coal-fired power plant industry $180 billion, warns a trade group.
Many of these severe impacts would hit families living in states already facing serious economic challenges, said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Because of these impacts, EPA should make major changes to the proposed regulations before they are finalized, he said.
The EPA, however, tells Whispers that the hit the industry will suffer is worth the health benefits.
For the record For every green job created by the Obama EPA, four jobs are lost in the economy.
Madness. Rebellion is truly in the air.
This might finally be time for the overused quote “So it begins.”
Same article but from a different source - there are many really interesting comments.
Could you imagine if all the coal power plant operators said, you know these new regs from the EPA, well, we decided this is no longer the business we want to be in, we are selling everything to highest bidder in pieces. Who wants to buy this stapler, the feds would freak.
In our little town, a gravel mining operation is fighting a battle to open up a new section of an above ground mine. There is not problem with the mine itself, but the fact that the trucks hauling the rocks will have to travel over public roads is the reason for the stoppage of work. The locals are actually fighting because there may be as many as 12 trucks an hour passing their houses. I don’t know exactly how many jobs this will create, but the number will be zero if the locals have their way.
We should just let these people forage for themselves without a penny of support.
I am amazed at the very real stupidity of people that bite the hand that feed them and give them real freedom.
But this is exactly what the administration wants.
Every time there is a similar story I have to wonder - - how many of these out-of-work men Bryant talked about, and their wives and families, always vote Democrat and will vote Democrat again? I often wonder how many people are truly capable of connecting the dots.
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Comment from above site .. shows ya, the John Galts who are old enough will surely be growing in #’s
“My dad closed his business after 30 years of operation because of the environmental theocracy. He wasnt huge-just employed 6 uneducated, otherwise-unskilled workers. He wasnt polluting in fact, he was awarded a U.S. patent for a waste-free plating system.
But the government bureaucrats need someone to pursue to justify their own existence, and slapped him with a lawsuit demanding mounds of paperwork, fines for not previously keeping paperwork they way they liked (fines: $25k/day by statute), environmental impact statements, etc.
He shut down. He now owns nothing. He spends his days plays golf, with his model trains, and with his grandchildren. His only income is now Social Security.
His quote: These government parasites spent years hounding and harassing me. Ill parasite off them for awhile and see how they like it.
Madness. Rebellion is truly in the air.
Yes. Civilizations just do not lay down and die when an imbecile becomes the head of state. The Neros, Caligulas and Elagabulus’ of the world do not endure long, or go quietly.
I guess everybody’s seen that Nissan Leaf ad with all the little dirty gas engines powering everything. That ad freaks me out. It’s images are compelling, but the whole thing is a dirty lie. It’s promoting a rhetorical fanatasy. I guess what freaks me out is the realization that this kind of rhetoric can easily prevail over stolid reason.
Yes, a horrible story - one of many. And that’s what the government people do - harass citizens to justify their existence. I saw it many times when we had our construction business.
It’s the US Government v We The People.
"But I wonder how long its going to be before businesspeople really do start walking away and deciding its not worth doing business in America today. Or it it already happening and we just dont know it?"
Um, checked the unemployment numbers lately, esp the U6 numbers? IT'S HAPPENING ON A MASSIVE SCALE RIGHT NOW!!!
Sorry to shout -- and it wasn't directed at you, Aria -- but just WOW!
Caption: “Regulations never hurt MY job”.
Yes, there are many personal stories describing how the regulatory state puts Americans out of business. That is one of the best series of Internet comments I have ever read.
But hey, let's assume some super genius figures out a way to MAKE it work with NO environmental impact. Well, the EPA, animal rights groups, and every ever leftscum group will stop any actual implementation for excuses ranging from “you are killing (some common worthless creature with a cute name) by doing this” to “by converting that energy you are causing global warming/cooling/no change (which is bad because climate should change).”
And people believe this garbage. Most of ‘em. Frankly, they deserve their coming fate...
Agree. The comments on that story are worth reading. I am not a businessman but I would not bother either. When over half your labor goes to feed or satisfy the government it can’t be worth it. Corporate America is winning.... they already employ lawyers, accountants, and politicians to maintain compliance. The little guy who does it themselves does not stand a chance in today’s environment.
i shuttered my 12 year old florida software company about 18 months ago
i won’t open it again... in the US
they don’t want it, they won’t get it. hell if i’ll ‘give’ (under threat of violence) 50% of my labor/time so they can have luxury retirement packages
the $210k/yr retired california lifeguard just frosted it for me. hell, my godfather was ‘only’ getting $80k/yr after serving 26 years in the USAF. a retired one-star former asst joint chief, nato cmdr in europe, multi decorations, fighter pilot... MThatcher even gave him a jag for everything he did (which was promptly given to the ‘gifts’ dept i believe). $80k/yr. wtf
he should’ve been a life guard... (/sarc)
Thats OK Mr Ronnie Bryant of Alabama.
I understand why you gave up on opening that mine. If the EPA didnt get you from one angle, Obama’s proposed higher taxes (becasue you are a evil rich man)will nail you from another angle. /s
Major slaps of reality like this need to be told. The truth needs to get out there.
They voted for Obama.
Change is starting to hurt.
“They voted for Obama.
Change is starting to hurt.”
If they voted for obastard, I hope the change hurts. A LOT. And it WILL!!!
This is necessary to fundamentally transform America.
I quit a year and a half ago. I am no longer a producer.
I am now a burden on the ever inflating government budget.
I am sitting on the sideline waiting for the time when I can again be a productive citizen of a great country, but till then I have nothing productive to offer.
Image if all the power companies and coal mines decided to just shut down one day next week and stay closed. That would be the end of the Democrats and Obama.
The way the EPA is going to shut down old nuclear power plants and coal-fed energy plants, and mines, if we have another heat-wave like this, thousands of older and ill people are going to die.
Let’s start to put the blame directly on Obama and his leftist shithole the EPA.
It’s not like most small business is profitable. After wages, product, fixed costs, taxes and satisfying government regs there usually is not enough money to pay the owner minimum wage. Why do it indeed.
Read the thread. This is reality. This is being repeated across the country. Each event a small number and therefore isn’t deemed news worthy but in sum this is a big, big deal.
Death by a thousand cuts. Our primary economic problems are from within.
Same here. I couldn't stand the thought that the tax paid on my productivity was being used to destroy the very way of life our fellow countrymen fought and died for.
Quietly accumulating ideas and hoping to join the restoration of America but also hunkered down for a rough period I see on the horizon.
Nearly every day without fail...men stream to these [mining] operations looking for work in Walker County. They can't pay their mortgage.I hope this doesn't go viral, because then we can all still blame everything on the "RINOS".
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 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.
Madness. Rebellion is truly in the air.
And Obama is ready for it, counting on it. He will slap down any rebellion, so it will not be an easy one.
I want one.
At the same time, in my neck of the woods, the Bronze Horde’s underground economy grows by leaps & bounds, with little regulation at all. Restaurants with illegal workers/no signs in English, barbershops with no licenses displayed as per the law, anything is being done to keep their businesses open to prevent northern NJ from becoming the commercial ghost town it would be without a massive influx of illegal aliens.
Conditioning is still the most powerful shaper of minds. A million would-be Erin Brockoviches have nothing better to do than show up and spout Sierra Club nonsense.
Defund the EPA, and retire all Congressmen who refuse to do it...
...another Communist in her SEIU purple...you’re right...gang colors.
Ah, no. Ain't gonna happen. They are creating a future for political violence, just like we've seen in Europe over the past century and a half of socialism.
Hitler studied the Socialist movement in Germany, which was the largest, richest and most influential in the world. He took their methods to create his German nationalist workers movement in contrast to their international workers movement.
The socialists in this country just can't imagine that others will use their techniques against them. After they destroy elections, so that elections don't change anything, people will turn from elections to change things. The top people in their movement, like a Van Jones, intellectually want the chaos and violence, because they think they will pick up the pieces. They won't like the results of what is really going to happen.
How true piytar. The arrogance which so often accompanies the ignorance of environmental activists tempts letting them stew in the fruits of their ignorance. Unfortunately, the private sector they want to handicap, creating their Marxist Utopia, so the ski resorts won't be so crowded will be what remains for my children.
What is true of wave power, which, along with tidal power, has been a useless curiosity which gets revisited every few decades, is also true of wind power and solar power. Those who've driven the Altamont Pass in California and seen the wind turbine graveyard, blades still, because the subsidies and tax shelters ran out. Many saw the two enormous Silicon Valley buildings visited by Obama in January, Solyndra, surrounded by empty parking lots, having taken their half billion dollars in May of 2010 and closed shop in November. Those empty parking lots are potent symbols of why so many of the buildings in the high tech valhalla are empty. Marxist anticapitalists are killing the free maarket and the technology which grew from it.
People have died from falling from towers, and at least one, from a flying wind turbine blade. Many have died working on low tech solar panels, falling from roofs, and thousands would die each year if we ever build commercially sized arrays with tens of thousands of heliostats in fields six miles on a side, where servicing from cranes must be done at night. The issue is, of course, the low energy flux density and intermittence of wind and sunlight which makes it is all a pipe dream, dangerous both to our economy and our citizens. For those technologies the Marxists the cost of power from coal"...must necessarily skyrocket." For Obama, though he honestly made the comment about coal plants, he really meant oil, gas, and nuclear power which growth he has killed, using his Marxist, socialist, and communist comrades in EPA and green czar positions.
We can hope the Chinese and Indians will like our temperate climates enough to use our real estate for research centers, providing some income for those remaining in California, at least enough income to allow us to purchase what manufactured goods our diminishing currency will permit us.
The Chinese and Indians will have little use for our bureaucrats, but if they buy homes here, they may be willing to employ police, fire, and healthcare services. Their engineers and scientists are generally superior to ours, thanks to our high schools. Entering graduate schools they usually have about a two year advantage, having done coursework in science and mathematics our native born and raised students only begin in grad school.
We are learning how prescient Ayn Rand was when she produced Atlas Shrugged.
If you cloned a 1000 of her, they would not know the first thing about mining coal.
The Democrats are doing everything that they can to hold back, control, hamper, regulate and steal from businesses and those who start, own and run them. Ergo they are doing everything they cab to destroy the economy.
Corporate America is winning.... they already employ lawyers, accountants, and politicians to maintain compliance. The little guy who does it themselves does not stand a chance in todays environment.
It appears to me that socialism is winning.
She and the Wookie must have the same dentist.