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Wyoming Legislator Wants State To Plan For Collapse Of United States

There’s an odd little bill making its way through the Wyoming legislature:

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.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, has said he doesn’t anticipate any major crises hitting America anytime soon. But with the national debt exceeding $15 trillion and protest movements growing around the country, Miller said Wyoming — which has a comparatively good economy and sound state finances — needs to make sure it’s protected should any unexpected emergency hit the U.S.

Several House members spoke in favor of the legislation, saying there was no harm in preparing for the worst.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in this room today what would come up here and say that this country is in good shape, that the world is stable and in good shape — because that is clearly not the case,” state Rep. Lorraine Quarberg, R-Thermopolis, said. “To put your head in the sand and think that nothing bad’s going to happen, and that we have no obligation to the citizens of the state of Wyoming to at least have the discussion, is not healthy.”

Now I suppose there’s nothing wrong with having a plan, but I just have one question. Where, exactly, would Wyoming put an aircraft carrier?

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  1. Doug, will you please stop spreading the myth that there’s actually a state called Wyoming?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56uSDQECrRQ

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  2. Gold Star for Robot Boy says:

    I’d like to know what Wyoming plans to do to prevent a supervolcano’s eruption in the vicinity of Yellowstone. If these lawmakers are so worried about “complete economic or political collapse in the United States,” then they should acknowledge a sizable natural disaster would do the trick.

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  3. anjin-san says:

    I would like to hear more about the aircraft carrier thing. Has this guy ever looked at a map?

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  4. @anjin-san:

    Clearly being the only state that actually planned ahead means that the aftermath of the collapse would provide plenty of oppurtunities for westward expansion. You think Seattle is gonna be able to stop the rampaging hordes on their march to the sea?

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  5. @Gold Star for Robot Boy:

    I’d like to know what Wyoming plans to do to prevent a supervolcano’s eruption in the vicinity of Yellowstone.

    Wyoming’s Yellostone supervolcano plan was pretty easy to finish:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U7rOUSvYM8

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  6. Anyone who remembers the short-lived CBS series Jericho will recall that Cheyenne, Wyoming was the capital of the “Allied States of America,” a nation established by political leaders and apparently a defense contractor after they orchestrated a plot to destroy 25 American cities with nuclear weapons.

    Just sayin’

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  7. jd says:

    Wyoming is probably just assuming the collapse will occur AFTER the earthquake that drops the west coast into the sea.

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  8. de stijl says:

    Perhaps the state of Wyoming should contract with Vault-Tec to build a series of fallout shelters to prepare for the coming apocalypse. Beware though, emerging from the Vaults when the dust settles may not be a walk in the wasteland.

    (Sorry, I’m replaying Fallout: New Vegas right now.)

    Folks who have a post-apocalyptic fetish always scare the crap out of me. It’s like they want the world to end.

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  9. Herb says:

    “To put your head in the sand and think that nothing bad’s going to happen, and that we have no obligation to the citizens of the state of Wyoming to at least have the discussion, is not healthy.”

    Actually, I think the reverse is true…It’s not healthy to worry about a scenario that’s not even plausible in Robert Ferrigno’s lesser novels.

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  10. anjin-san says:

    I think the dog whistle here is that America under Obama is a dead man walking. I wonder if bithead is contemplating a move to Wyoming…

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  11. grumpy realist says:

    It’s either going to be hordes of thundering buffalo or ravaging zombies.

    AIRCRAFT carrier?!

    Maybe they’re expecting to extend Wyoming east until it hits the Great Lakes?

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  12. Franklin says:

    @anjin-san: “I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and I believe that our education like such as South Africa, and the Iraq, everywhere like, such as, and I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., or should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for our children.”

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  13. Ron Beasley says:

    Is it really that crazy? I’m not so sure. Wyoming can feed itself and doesn’t have large metropolitan areas which means it will be a lot easier for them when it happens and happen it will.

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