A bill recently circulated through the Wyoming State House of Representatives outlining a contingency plan to be implemented upon the dissolution of the United States. It failed to pass by only three votes.
The bill proposed the creation of state currency, the formation of an independent, standing army and navy, and the purchase of advanced military technology, including an aircraft carrier.
Wyoming is not the only state currently planning for the worst.
More than 10 states, including South Carolina, Minnesota, Virginia, Tennessee and Idaho, have considered establishing currencies independent of the U.S. dollar, in an effort to protect their populace from the financial difficulties sweeping the globe. Senator Lee Bright, Michele Bachmann’s campaign chairman in South Carolina, recently made headlines by openly discussing the possibility of secession from the Union. A bill introduced by Sen. Bright to study the creation of a South Carolinian currency reads as follows:
[M]any widely recognized experts predict the inevitable destruction of the Federal Reserve System’s currency through hyperinflation in the foreseeable future…in the event of hyperinflation, depression, or other economic calamity related to the breakdown of the Federal Reserve System, for which the state is not prepared, the state’s governmental finances and private economy will be thrown into chaos, with gravely detrimental effects upon the lives, health, and property of South Carolina’s citizens, and with consequences fatal to the preservation of good order throughout the state.
Independent currencies have proven effective in the past at stimulating local economic growth and sheltering small populations from widespread economic fallout. According to one website:
The point of the regional currencies is to support local business. The money cannot be spent in a local McDonald’s or Wall Mart. Customers would have to go to a neighborhood store, and if there is no right product there to another one, even further away. The shopkeeper, in turn, will give the money to a local farmer; the farmer will spend it in a bar, at a barber, or would pay for municipal services.
As the dollar plummets and the federal government considers embroiling itself in yet another unconstitutional, incredibly costly war, it seems that some states are beginning to read the writing on the wall.