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Doomsday Bill in Wyoming

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    By JEREMY PELZER Star-Tribune capital bureau | Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 6:00 pm | (16) Comments
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    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.”

    Wyoming’s Department of Homeland Security already has a statewide crisis management plan, but it doesn’t cover what the state should do in the event of an extreme nationwide political or economic collapse. In recent years, lawmakers in at least six states have introduced legislation to create a state currency, all unsuccessfully.

    The task force would include state lawmakers, the director of the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, the Wyoming attorney general and the Wyoming National Guard’s adjutant general, among others.

    The bill must pass two more House votes before it would head to the Senate for consideration. The original bill appropriated $32,000 for the task force, though the Joint Appropriations Committee slashed that number in half earlier this week.

    University of Wyoming political science professor Jim King said the potential for a complete unraveling of the U.S. government and economy is “astronomically remote” in the foreseeable future.

    But King noted that the federal government set up a Continuity of Government Commission in 2002, of which former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson, R-Wyo., was co-chairman. However, King said he didn’t know of any states that had established a similar board.


    Contact capital bureau reporter Jeremy Pelzer at 307-632-1244 or jeremy.pelzer@trib,com
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  2. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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    Reminds me of that tv show Jericho.
     
  3. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    What????

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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Great that they are proactive on this line of thought, but where are they going to put the carrier, Yellowstone Lake.
     
  5. gunnails

    gunnails Hillsboro Active Member

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    Am I missing something here, what good would an air craft carrier do for Wyoming?

    Strike Air Craft, to protect you from Who?
     
  6. chariot13

    chariot13 Near Eugene/Springfield Well-Known Member

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    North dakota duh
     
  7. svxr8dr

    svxr8dr Vancouver, WA OathKeeper #004404

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    Damn those Scandinavians
     
  8. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    do they even have a lake/body of water big enough to park a air craft carrier? :laugh:
     
  9. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    Well, I don't know but just maybe the "aircraft carrier" part was added by an overzelous reporter? I have yet to read a single news story (where I am familiar with the details) that is totally accurate.
     
  10. doubletap007

    doubletap007 Beaverton Active Member

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    I think the aircraft carrier is for the 40 days and 40 nights of rain in the wyoming desert.if only noah had a committee like this he wouldn't have had to build his ark.
     
  11. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    They could park a retired carrier in Yellowstone Lake, buy a bunch of retired F-14 Tomcats, and get some of Noah's monkeys to fly them.

    Don't make Wyoming get their flyin' monkeys!
     
  12. doubletap007

    doubletap007 Beaverton Active Member

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    all the trained monkeys are currently holding positions in the whitehouse and senate.
     
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  13. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    That would make some members of the House untrained monkeys. That would explain some bills Carolyn McCarthy introduces.