I would like to take this time to introduce myself as a new contributor to this website. My name is Michael Porenta – most people call me Mike. I was born and raised in southwestern Wyoming and for the past 6 years I have lived in central New Jersey – Baltimore, MD - Philadelphia, PA – New York, NY – Chicago, IL – and all over the state of Utah. My business partner and close friend, Hugh Vail, was recently made president of the American Preppers Network. He and I are committed to bringing the culture of preparedness into the main stream.
So why do I even want to take the time to post on this site? Simple. I want to provide our readers, both new and old, with information that can help them understand WHY they should be making preparations for the worst…while hoping for the best. This site and others are full of great information on HOW to prepare within any budget or mean. The comment I hear most frequently is: How do I convince those around me to prepare without sounding like a paranoid nutcase? Honestly, this is not a question answered easily. It really comes down to how much effort one wishes to dedicate to one’s education. I do not claim to be an expert in anything and I hold no formal degrees (which I wear as a badge of honor). Despite much time spent at institutes of higher learning, I consider myself to be self-educated. My most recent time spent in the world of academia has been at George Wythe University in southern Utah. Most of my time on this site will be spent discussing the economy and foreign policy. I believe these are areas which the average non-prepper can wrap their mind around without feeling like they are entering doomsday territory. I warn my seasoned prepper friends that I will never discuss topics of conspiracy unless such discussion is being made openly in the news by the conspirators themselves, i.e. George Soros writing about a new world order of global governance. I do not believe the discussion of shadowy conspiracies does anything to promote the benefits of the prepper movement; it actually is our Achilles’ heel. You may affectionately refer to me as “Mike the Debunker”. I cannot entirely debunk theories for which there is little evidence, only the logic being used to conjure such theories. I realize this will bring many angry trolls to my door, hurling insults of stupidity and arrogance.
In short, I want to provide you the reader with helpful information which can be used to wake up your friends and keep you out of the funny farm in the process.
If you have a topic which you feel needs more explaining, one you do not full understand yourself…. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t be shy!
To close this post I will refer you to this video below of the film I.O.U.S.A, produced by David Walker – former Comptroller General of the Untied States.
Bear in mind that the data from this film is from before President Obama entered the White House. The debt is much, much worse today. Today the federal debt is $15.3 trillion and the U.S. gross domestic product is about $340 billion less than the debt. This means that our debt-to-GDP ration is 102%.