When people discuss prepping, they’re generally talking about preparing for the survival needs of their family or a small group in the event of a major disaster. Wyoming is raising the bar and doing what more “progressive” states should have considered a long-time ago, and is considering a “doomsday bill” to establish state government continuity in the event of a federal government collapse.
State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.
House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government.
The task force would look at the feasibility of
Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also 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.
Financing modern strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier is a stretch for a state of less than 570,000 people, even though it shows that legislators are thinking about being able to protect the state’s interests beyond its own landlocked borders. The only thing more surprising about Wyoming making these plans is that they happen to be first. Wyoming has a health economy compared to the rest of the nation, an extremely low tax burden, and significant energy and mineral reserves.
States with faltering economies, high tax burdens, and other significant liabilities should have started contingency planning in 2002 when the federal government creating their own commission. California, Michigan, and similar states should have begun preparing for the end years ago, but instead chose to pretend it simply can’t happen to them. Considering their past existence as an independent nation I’m a bit surprised Texas hasn’t once against made preparations to be on its own.
Such contingency planning seems to be both prudent and economical in even the stingiest of state economies. I hope that state legislators nationwide take note.