Continuity of Government planning is important and should be taken seriously at all levels of government: federal, state, and local. However, like a newcomer to the World Series of Poker, Wyoming has apparently decided to go all in:
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.
That seems a little over the top. Well…maybe a bit more than that. But still, I’m sympathetic to any group that seriously wants to plan for the worst case scenario. Yet…
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.
What is not explained in the article is exactly how a land-locked state could access the aircraft carrier in times of trouble. If the situation is really as bad as requiring your own air wing and power projection capability, perhaps accessibility might be a problem if your borders don’t exactly have any deep harbors. But I could be going out on a limb here…
[A big tip o' the hat to Daniel Drezner at Foreign Policy for the link to this story.]