Skip to comments.‘I’m just quitting’: A scene right out of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ in Birmingham
Posted on 07/25/2011 7:22:50 AM PDT by FreedomPoster
If it had been a scene in Atlas Shrugged, the guy would have disappeared into the secrecy of Colorado with a shadowy figure who we would later learn to be John Galt. In real life, the story will probably be more complex. 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?
The man you see in the picture at the right is named Ronnie Bryant. He operates coal mines in Alabama. Id never heard of him until this morning, but after what I saw and heard from him, Id say hes a bit like a southern version of Ellis Wyatt from Ayn Rands novel. What I saw made an impression on me.
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We have good friends who are veterinarians. You can sell property such as a clinic building, but the practice itself is so dependent upon the personal interactions of the clients with the vet, that it isn’t a commodity. No one *owns* a client base. About all a professional can do is grow into a corporate practice and then sell out to the remaining practitioner partners, assuming all that growth was actually successful or not so stressful as to almost not be worth it. A sole practitioner really has nothing to sell.
Nice. Looking forward to it.
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I just got off of a call from a friend of mine in the UK. He told me an anecdote about something Ronald Reagan ran across while touring one of the space centers here in the US.
A janitor was spotted in a hallway that was supposed to be cleared by Secret Service. Reagan spotted the man, who was shuffling his rolling cart and waste bucket, out of a door at the behest of Secret Service.
Reagan saw that the man was more than compliant, and after checking with security, greeted the man in the hall.
Reagan greeted the man, and as an icebreaker asked the man what he did there at the space center. From people there, as soon as he asked the question he sort of wanted to pull it back, given the man was pushing a janitorial cart.
What surprised him was the reply:
“Mr. President, I help build the finest spacecraft on earth, and they put men in orbit, and on the moon.”
There’s no such thing as ‘only a janitor’.
I have no idea whether this story is true. The point of it remains valid.
In any significant effort, all jobs matter.
Read the comments below the article. Chilling.
Bryant isn’t the only one throwing in the towel.
I frequently debate with a Lib in the office. He's a decent sort, if a bit misguided. I suspect that he thinks the same of me. :-)
He couldn't understand that people would actively *choose* to make less money. He just couldn't conceive of it. "I'm sure that, given a choice between making 50K/yr and 100K/yr, that people will always choose the higher number. Always, and without exception."
He didn't believe me when I told him about some of the businessmen I know. (see my previous posts)
Hell, I doubt he believed me when I told him that *I* choose not to make more money as, say, a Computer Consultant. With the Gov't taking 1/2 of the difference (say between my regular gig, and consulting) right off the top, what would be the point to working twice as hard and having far less job security? Unless there's a significant payback to accepting the risk (right now, there is not) ... why accept it?
Those who had their jobs destroyed will wonder what happened. The smarter ones will move on, or perhaps learn a new trade that still has a demand. Perhaps the slower of them will blame folks like Mr. Bryant.
Those who destroyed the jobs will self-righteously, and with a completely clean conscience, move on to their next target.
That's exactly what he did, and also (now that he's thinking about retirement) what he's now attempting to do. No one wants to step into his role as the "owner / manager".
He could sell to competitors (I think that he entertained an offer at one time), or close the practice completely (approximtely the same thing, only he makes $$$ with the former) ... but this evil, greedy, capitalistic so-and-so (/sarc) feels a responsibility to all of the people who work for him, and frankly, the patients, too. He doesn't want to put several dozen people out of work, esp. in a market like this.
So, he keeps on going. He's removed himself from a lot of the day-to-day - his people seem to have no problem with making decisions, so long as they don't accept responsibility to go along with them. :-) His attitude is, more-or-less, "Meh, I'm still making money, but don't really care one way or the other. Retirement is paid for, Kid's college bills are paid for, now I'd just like to get my own time and enjoy the grandkids." But the current environment, and his sense of responsibility, won't let him.
And don't get the guy started on Obamacare. Never mind the business side, he says that his medical training is going to come in handy for himself and the rest of his family, later.
If Ronnie Bryant meant what he said in that meeting, then I think I found a new hero. I will aspire to have cajones like that!
If Ronnie Bryant meant what he said in that meeting, then I think I found a new hero. I will aspire to have cajones like that!
Thanks. Such a shame to see this country run down by those who can’t even handle their own problems.
Teton County has high taxes.
Hmmmmm. That tank could easily have an interior partition full of subsidized ethanol for all we know. Mentioning Laz wuz the tipoff;-)
Thanks for the ping.
Perhaps we should keep a tally of the public “Gulchers.”
Until we get shed of Obongo Bozo and his LIEberal/Socialist/Marxist/Fascicst minions, there will be more businessmen and women who will just throw up their hands, close their business’s doors and go to their version of Galt’s Gulch.
PS Is it 2012 yet?
Obama and his thugs are doing to same thing to the natural gas and oil business here in Texas and Louisiana. He talks a good game on natural gas, but his departments and leftwing/marxist accomplices are actually destroying our domestic energy production with regulations and lawsuits.
He is also destroying the farming industry with the same stuff...so don’t think for a moment that you can escape the marxist’s grasp by going to your own private property..they are out to get that too. The next they they are going to do is try to raid everyone’s 401 accounts....mark my word.
They will blame it on Republicans generally...and George W. Bush in particular. It's all part of their scheme.
true. too true.
It would be better all around if conservative small business owners would just lie low and stop hiring and do their best to hang on until we KO Obammy and his tribe of czars.
Libertarians, on the other hand, relish in the opportunity of misery. Laid off workers and failed businesses in the name of “going galt” is the fairy tale dream.
Mind you, Galt is a fairy tale character in a fiction novel written by an anti-religious freedom materialist zealot from the Soviet Union. It’s destruction and ancharcy for the West to be cheered on. Freakin’ Freaks!
bookmark for later reading.
However, up around that Beartooth range would certainly make for an interesting ‘community.’
My thinking, though, is that if/when the SHIF, might be too many that will head for Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming - thinking that's where to go.
I have another place picked out - certainly not ‘majestic’ as to landscape - but FAR away from cities, plenty of woods, water, wildlife, good growing ground, etc - and a place where none the city escapees would even think to run to. Also, not prone to natural disasters and, if need be, not a long hop (hike) to Canada.
A nice community of like souls could make a good, sustainable, self protecting community that wouldn't be a blip on anyone’s radar - especially the goons.
As an Indian friend of mine wrote (song):
So store lots of food
& move far from town
Move close to some wood.
Put seed in the ground
& gather your fiends
& live close and quiet....
And he wrote this 2 decades ago - he “sees” way ahead...and he has done the above and teaching others to -
Interesting indeed. The following quote from blam’s thread, “Broke! 10 Facts About The Financial Condition Of American Families....”, from yesterday goes into considerable detail, and it is none too hopeful : |
“”The federal government bureaucracy has become so oppressive that it is amazing that anyone is still willing to hire workers in this day and age.
Hiring workers has become so complicated and so expensive that many small business owners want to avoid it at all cost.
For example, a small business owner identified as “007” recently left the following comment on one of my recent articles....
“”Speaking as a small employer, I would rather have a root canal than another employee. Lets see. You first have to hire someone you trust without some labor lawyer suing you for some type of discrimination. Then you have OSHA to make sure your work place is safe. Then you have workmans compensation insurance, unemployment taxes, health insurance, liability insurance, now Obamacare. Oh be careful not to be deemed to have a hostile work environment. Then you have to negotiate the labor laws. The Department of Labor is constantly cranking out regulation.
Then you get the pleasure of paying payroll taxes both state and federal along with the required filing of a multitude of payroll forms. Miss filing or paying these taxes and you will be crushed with interest and penalties.
Of course, you are competing with businesses that can hire at a fraction of the cost of American Labor and with very little regulations. In this economy, no one in their right mind is hiring into this unstable and declining economy.
If business turns down all you have to worry about is laying off workers. Of course your unemployment insurance tax will go up 200% for years. Then you only have to then worry about a wrongful termination law suit.
If you happen to navigate all of these hurdles and make a profit, watch out for greedy unions waiting to suck the life out of your business. Then you face Obama and the socialist democrats at the end of the day wanting to redistribute your wealth demanding crushing taxes that strip away your working capital. He wants to redistribute it to people who dont work or pay tax at all.
My view, let someone else be the crazy hero to put their life savings at risk to hire employees in this hostile employer environment. I think I will just get a computer to answer my phones, computerize every function of the office, I even have robot floor cleaners to avoid cleaning crews.
Truth is this country has made having employees a tremendous, beuracratic, expensive, legal risk. I am trying to keep the employees I have. However, this golden goose is on strike and will not be hiring further until it makes economic sense to do so.””
May God give us the strength, and the leaders to right the course of events : /
Winter 9 mo. a year. Gardening would have to be indoors (And it's cloudy). Plenty-o-bears though.
Ping to post #42
I really like that and completely agree. I have vast respect for every job and for those people in the jobs who realize that, no matter what the job, it is important. for example, a waiter can make or break a dining experience and it is a difficult job that takes intelligence and stamina.
This shows up particularly on that reality show where the boss goes out and does the jobs of various people in the company. Invariable the boss is completely blown away at the complexity of the jobs and the dedication of those doing them.
Thanks for the story.
They're not "wondering." Remember Obama's statement: "If you open a coal fired power plant, we're going to bankrupt you."
That statement says everything about how this administration looks at energy suppliers that aren't "green."
I had Coal miners in both my paternal and maternal sides of the family. My Grandfather and Great Grandfather were both Alabama Coal miners. My Grandfather retired as a Bureau of Mines - Bureau Chief for MESA (Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration) in Birmingham.
This is a cousin from a couple of generations back.
Photo caption: December 1910. "Shorpy Higginbotham, an oiler on the tipple at Bessie Mine" -- near Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.© 2011 Shorpy.com
Wow!!! sad, sad, sad.....
That’s a tough looking group of teenagers! Maybe some pre-teen.
We will welcome him at the Gulch...
Canada seems to be getting it's act together and shines much brighter than it did over many of the last decades.
He served as a Private in the armed forces during World War I. On Nov. 19, 1927, he married Flora Belle Quinton. On Jan. 25 of the following year he died in a mine accident at the age of 31, crushed by a rock, and was buried in Jefferson County. He became a father, posthumously, when his widow bore his child in the summer of 1928. His older brother Jack had already been killed in a mine accident in 1920.
People lived hard lives back then.
I went Galt Five years ago. Tired of dealing with the government.
Never looked back. Sometimes I look for people to help.
I’m just here because I won a bid on a contract. Yeah, 21 hours drive from TX, but the money is GOOD and the high was
Texas ain’t as sweet as some folks say it is, jobwise.
My contract included grilled Wapiti, as well.
I tried to get "the little woman" to move there, but she balked.
If only Montana had Wyoming's tax structure, the decisions would be trivial.
I was looking into a giant road trip that included a drive from Denver to Dallas. That seemed to be a relatively nasty leg timewise if one wasn't interested in stops along the way (I've pretty much explored that territory over the last few decades).
We decided to fly to Dallas and back and delete that part of the trip while deferring the rest for a few weeks.
yes on Canada = especially NS, NB. Laid back - much like 60 yrs ago here... and they seem to be pulling back from the brink while we seem hell bent on going over...
66 degrees at 10:15 mountain. Nice sunsets over the
Wish I could have brought the dingos, but they have cows to watch.
The mosquitoes are quite vicious here.
They are a Cargo cult. They just know that there is no such thing as producers. Cargo is delivered by a fleet of C-47s.
In other words, it’s called “The Aristocracy Of Pull”.
It’s the best decision I ever made to retire and shed my businesses. Life is Good!
Pretty much sums it up. Makes me wish Hank Rearden (sp?) ran an armory instead of a steel mill.
This should be repeated and repeated....
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