Sunday, February 26, 2012

I Wish That I Could Call This Absurd

From the February 24, 2012 Cheyenne Star-Tribune:
CHEYENNE — 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.
 Well, okay, the aircraft carrier might be a bit silly.  (Hint: look at a map of Wyoming.)  Unfortunately, I can only call the possibility of the U.S. government collapsing in its own economic madness unlikely, as opposed to absurd.  I have never had enormous confidence in the wisdom of democracy, but it is fast appearing that the political class is too busy padding the pockets of their owners (Solyndra, LightSquared, for example, on one side, and the constant screeching to cut taxes regardless of what it does to the deficits, on the other side) to realize that they are in danger of bringing down the house of cards.

If Obama gets re-elected this fall, it will be a sign of how incompetent the Republican Party has become at winning elections, not a sign of how good Obama is at governing.  I think continuation of the current political class in control will lead, if not during Obama's second term, at least within a few years thereafter, to national bankruptcy.  Wyoming and other states where adults are still in charge won't go alone; they might decide to form a new, much smaller United States.  They can use the current U.S. Constitution; we're not using it anymore.

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