American Elephants

Gloom, Doom, and Pessimism — in Prodigious Amounts. by The Elephant's Child

Headline at Business Insider: “Americans Are Incredibly Pessimistic About the Future of  The Country.” It refers to a Politico poll that asks “Do you believe that the next generation will be better off economically than the current generation.?” The answer was No/strongly 49%, Yes/strongly 20%. No information on the sample.

Headline from Wyoming’s  Star-Tribune: “Wyoming House advances doomsday bill. 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.

Adjacent headlines on the Drudge Report this morning:

— Credit Card Debt Nears Toxic Levels
— Oil Price rise causes specter of global recession
— U.S. Water bills to Triple
— 3 Doomsaying experts who foresee economies devastation ahead

Many reports of gun sales up dramatically. Ads for emergency food for long-time storage— survivalist food.

Not a cheerful, optimistic start for a Monday. People are not confident, they are worried. Gas prices are up, and more increase ahead. President Obama is threatening massive tax increases.

Nevertheless, the sun is shining, there’s blue sky for the first time in days. There’s a Townsend’s Warbler with his flash of bright yellow at the bird-feeder, and a varied thrush cleaning up the spilled seed. Long term, I’m an optimist. Short term — not so much.

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” … and an aircraft carrier.” Wyoming is land-locked, with no major navigable lakes. This is clearly some wag’s idea of a joke. On the other hand, the state does have Nevada as a neighbor … .


Comment by Subsidy Eye

I know, I know. Funny line. Be fun to see an aircraft carrier on Lake Tahoe. Who knows what they were thinking.


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