Survival and the Fiscal Tsunami

I told Survival Sam I couldn’t even make it through the whole article I’d been reading. “I came across an archived Newsweek article,” I said, “featuring an interview with some hotshot GAO guy or somebody-or-other who says we’re in for a fiscal tsunami. It’s about such things as the state of Social Security in 2041, blah, blah, blah. Snoozeville!”

“Well, it is true that there’s no way our government can pay all the Social Security and Medicare benefits they’ve promised to all the Boomers coming into retirement age,” Sam said. “It’s bound to create a crisis of stupendous magnitude.”

“Oh, sure I suppose they’re talking about real issues for somebody,” I said. “I can’t connect with it. It’s too big to get my little mind around, especially when they’re talking about something that far in the future.”

“It’s difficult for most people I think,” Sam said. “Admittedly though, it keeps somebody busy dealing with these things, and Congress can pretend they’re doing their jobs by hashing these things out.”

“Putting it that way sounds pretty cynical,” I said. “I don’t mean to dismiss these issues out of hand. I just don’t get it or see how it’s relevant to us today.”

“What if it’s not relevant?” Sam challenged. “The fact is, however, that the myths we live by must be perpetuated. Consider This. The Federal Reserve is private and not an agency of the U. S. government. Yet it exercises amazing control over our country’s financial affairs. On the other hand, our currency is in danger of collapsing because it’s fiat money, not backed by any metals. But it’s not in the interest of the powers that be to let the cat out of the bag on either of those two truths because it would create loss of confidence in the system and might collapse everything.”

“Now I’m confused,” I said. “If things are as they tell us, we’re headed for big time economic troubles down the road. If things are like you suggest, we’re really in for it. What do we do? What about right now?”

“you mean what’s our survival strategy?”

“Yeah,” I said, “and not for something umpteen years in the future.”

“Looks like we have to figure that out ourselves, don’t we?” Sam asked. “The Establishment types aren’t going to be of much help. Recognizing that is the first step. As you may already know, a large part of the survival mindset is learning to wean ourselves off the system. If possible, be prepared to live without it at all. We have to think the unthinkable. One day we may be forced to look back on our present way of life as something from an alien planet. As for strategy, if someone’s new to the survival mentality, encourage your blog readers to take a look at what your advertisers and affiliates have to offer in the Prep Mart. An investment now in useful survival supplies and gear is a good form of personal social security and may make all the difference in the future, whatever it brings.”

 

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.