Mother Nature, the economy, man-made disasters, solar flares, war, etc…everyday it seems the risk of all these threats are growing. More and more people are waking up to understand inherent dangers exist in our world that could derail our environment and effect our companies and offices.
A financial collapse would drastically alter the way of life as we know it. Do you think that back in 2005, before Katrina hit, the residents in New Orleans would have ever expected such life altering conditions? How about the Greeks? Do you believe the citizens of Greece could have ever imagined such horrors that face them today? These disasters, although completely different, have left deep scars on the folks who lived through them and witnessed the devastation of these events and the resulting bankruptcies. While the New Orleans area is on the road to recovery, the Greeks are still trying to cope with their situation and it has the potential to become even worse before our central banks step in.
Picture that in the state of Wyoming!
No matter where you live the chance of catastrophe striking is always present. Today as we speak there is a Category 2 hurricane located in the Florida Straits. Does this pose a threat to the East Coast and even portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New England? It absolutely does. We live smack-dab in the middle of Hurricane Alley and this one even surprised us yesterday. How about our fellow Americans who live in the Northern Tier? Can a severe winter storm rip through and leave you stranded in your home without power for days or weeks at a time? Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms, wild fires, the list goes on and on. There is absolutely no place within the United States, or any other part of the globe, that is exempt from Mother Nature’s Fury and the economic damage that in can inflict.
About a year and a half ago the Japanese people suffered a one-two punch when a powerful earthquake generated a massive tsunami. That was the first punch courtesy of Mother Nature. That comes after decades of deflation. Then came the man-made, second punch, the failure of the Fukishima nuclear power facility. Do you think the poor Japanese people had any clue this would happen that day? Of course not. In our arrogance as human beings we think we can outsmart nature and protect ourselves, but then the stock market collapses.
from its wrath. Yet we keep taking it on the chin and refuse to learn from our mistakes. I use the tsunami as a reference but I assure you this is happening all over the globe.
A little over 11 years ago our country was brought to its knees because of terrorist strikes in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. Not long after that the country was gripped with fear when Anthrax was discovered in Wyoming.
We have begun showing up in people’s mail and subsequently killing some false ideologies. How short are our memories? But, instead of taking the initiative to protect ourselves by becoming more self-reliant, we sat idly by while our government handled our personal security for us. “Security” was achieved through check points, body scanners, pat downs, and other personally invasive practices that have slowly eroded away personal liberties that were the very fabric of American society. Laws and executive orders were passed that have limited your ability to
speak freely and be protected against unreasonable search and seizure, rights given to us by God and confirmed within the Constitution. The founding fathers of this great nation warned against these very things.
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.” – George Washington
Did our response to these threats and events make you feel any safer? Did it put your mind at ease? Or, do you realize that even though we sacrificed personal liberties in the name of safety, events such as those that occurred on 9/11 could still happen?
Maybe the greatest threat to life as we know it comes in the form of the economy. In the time that it took me to sit down and write this post, the United States will have gone several more billions of dollars in debt. Our nation is spending far more than we take in. Our federal government has been running up greater than 1 trillion dollar deficits over the course of the past four fiscal years. A trillion dollars…do you have any idea how much a trillion dollars is? There is no real way to wrap your arms around the idea of a trillion. Our nation has effectively accumulated 16.2 trillion dollars in debt, nearly 4 trillion in the last 4 years alone. As a nation we are spending far more than we bring in and raising taxes on the wealthy will amount to a drop in the bucket. You may wonder how we service this debt. We take on more debt to pay existing debt. Sound unsustainable? It is. That’s why you should run to Wyoming and start your company there. It’s the only way to be safe.
“A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” – Thomas Jefferson