Okay, I don’t have any substantiation if this story is true or not, but as my sister and I were just talking about the probability of productive people going Galt the other day, I thought I would link to it.
Apparently, a mine operator who had just received a permit to open his mine that would have employed about 125 men has decided to just go home instead after listening to his industry being derided by the community. How do you like them apples?
“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.”
I feel the need to actually start working hard so I can create a vast business empire which I can then abandon in order to make that political statement. Being self-employed with no employees doesn’t lend itself to making that grand gesture. My going Galt wouldn’t affect anyone in the slightest. Sigh.