Plan for the worst, hope for the best.
My home state of Wyoming is advancing a bill that would create a task force which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes. These would include disruptions in food and energy supplies, as well as a complete meltdown of the federal government.
The Casper Star Tribune is reporting that the task force would “examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.”
An aircraft carrier?
The WSS Buffalo Bill Cody….that’s what I would name her. Someone should let the state of Wyoming know that they are landlocked. Maybe they are concerned about Utah trying to take over the Flaming Gorge Reservoir?
The task force would also look at “the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed.” Now to me, that sounds like a better idea than reverting to a regressive barter system. Despite the overblown concern with strategic naval positions, this is what I would want my state government to be discussing on the floor of the legislative chamber – not just the currency bit, but all of it. Folks your local government is going to either be your best friend or worst enemy in a crisis. I give Wyoming a WWTJD (What Would Thomas Jefferson Do) shout out. I believe that if more Americans would take an interest in local politics, rather than investing so much time and energy into the national scene, this nation would be in a much better position to handle a catastrophe. Now I know that some readers might think that this state, which has a population smaller than that of Alaska, has sent a bunch of nutty preppers to the state capitol. This may be true, but I would be quick to point out that the Centers for Disease Control did take the time to assure the public that it does have contingencies in place for a Zombie Apocalypse. ;-) I don’t know what these two facts have to do with one another but they sure do make for a fun blog post.
Now keep all of this in perspective. This wouldn’t be the first time that politicians had been swept up in a nation-wide movement in order to look good to their constituency, but perhaps Washington, DC will take notice…one can only hope.