Why work?


Filed Under Races 2012 on Jul 27 

When the government makes it too difficult to work or create jobs, eventually it becomes not worth the risk of opening a business. Ronnie Bryant is one such example. His short speech was recorded at a public meeting in Birmingham on July 20, 2011 by David McElroy.


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.


  • Stephen Meehan

    “The world’s largest economy contracted 1.9 percent from the fourth quarter of 2007 to the last three months of 2008, compared with the 0.8 percent drop previously on the books, the Commerce Department said yesterday in Washington. Gross domestic product has shrunk 3.9 percent in the past year, the report said, indicating the worst slump since the Great Depression.”
    Willis, Bob, “U.S. Recession Worst Since Great Depression, Revised Data Show,” Bloomberg, 8/1/2009

  • Stephen Meehan

    Yes, that evil, evil government making it so difficult to start a business and create jobs by requiring the proper environmental permits and research done to insure that we aren’t doing more harm than good.
    If in the end, the research indicates that the mine would not cause harm, or that it will not if proper precautions are taken and procedures put in place, then they will be allowed to start mining. This is from a speech at a meeting discussing this topic. Should environmentalist not be allowed to have a say? Should we put an end to standard procedure because some mine operator is frustrated with the procedure?

    • http://www.sotr.us Cordeiro

      Yes, environmentalists should have their say.

      No, they should not be given the final say. Far too often the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) environmentalists trend towards becoming BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything) and thus make it impossible for anyone anywhere to make a living doing anything.

      I guarantee nobody on the environmentalist side ever took into consideration the 125 direct jobs and possible thousands of indirect jobs that won’t be created becasue Ronnie decided to pack up and go home.

      If you’re wondering why the unemployment rate is stuck hovering someplace in the 10% range, this is why.

      So, how’s that Hope and Change working for you these days?

      • Stephen Meehan

        How did the environmentalists have the final say here? They only had the final say because the (potential) business-owner backed down.
        Again, this was a meeting to discuss the concerns and plans of both sides and Ronnie decided not to go ahead after hearing the sides fighting. This is not even a situation where the EPA or state or local agency blocked the go ahead, the owner simply stepped down. I’m not sure how this is a situation of the government making it too hard to work.
        I’m sure that the unemployment rate is entirely because of the people with environmental concerns, and it’s pure coincidence that it happened at the same time as the worst recession since the Great Depression.

        • bob

          Show me the data the proves the Democratic talking point “the worst recession since the Great Depression”. It’s simply not true. Just a scare tactic to get a President elected and now an excuse for policies that have led to sustained 9%+ unemployment.

        • http://www.sotr.us Cordeiro

          The environmentalists had the final say because the (potential) business owner took a look at the headaches and barriers put up by said environmentalists and decided it wasn’t worth the hassle.

          This is a classic situation of the government making it too hard to work. Without the backing of the EPA and other regulatory agencies, the environmental lobby would be reduced to waving hand painted signs, chaining themselves to bull dozers, and setting fire to construction sites. Now all they have to do is threaten to bury business owners (driven by the evil profit motive) in mountains of litigation, environmental impact studies, and other paperwork.

          Ronnie weighed the barriers to entry for his potential buisness and found the reward less than the risk. Hence, some 125 miners are still on the unemployment line. Show me how many jobs have been created by that BANANA environmentalist on that panel.

          • Stephen Meehan

            So you would prefer they not have a say at all? Again, the government didn’t block anything, a (potential) business owner decided it wasn’t worth the time and effort to fight the environmentalist. Would you prefer the government say that environmentalist can’t have a say? Look, if the government (the EPA etc.) actually blocked progress, I could understand your anger — but a guy backed away, I don’t know what system you’d prefer.

  • http://pinterest.com/theatomicmom/ Joyce A (East of Eden)

    This truly breaks my heart. And yet, people still think government is the answer.