I’m Just Quitting

No, not me (though events conspired to prevent my posting yesterday). This gentleman is the quitter:

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.

The article at the link (written by David McElroy, who was in the audience listening to Mr. Bryant) is worth your time–and so are the comments. People are running up against the limits of regulation which they will accept as the natural cost of doing business and our federal government in particular seems to be largely unconcerned.


2 thoughts on “I’m Just Quitting

  1. Gee, that’s too bad. Looks John Galt will have to find a more sustainable way to make a living. Maybe he should consider coming to South Dakota, where regulations won’t stop him from exploiting people through usury.

    1. Let him know the location of coal deposits up by Lake Herman and I’m sure he’ll at least consider the possibility of relocating.

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