Those of us old enough to have voted for Ronald Reagan can probably remember very well the unexpected and very rapid collapse and dissolution of the U.S.S.R
What happened Did the Russian Army go away? Did the Russian Navy Go away? What was the real difference from Soviet Union Running the show and its disappearance?
Well we know the Central Government of The Soviet Union (The Counterpart to the Federal Government of The United States for this drill) essentially went bankrupt and failed. In the resulting power void the Nations that made up the USSR essentially assumed total sovereignty. Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland to name a few. East Germany reunified with West Germany. But there were state governments in place, all they had to do was start acting like sovereign states, which they did for the most part. The Assets of the former soviet union were essentially “Nationalized” by the state they were located in. Probably teh most notable assets that became property of the individual States; Soviet held lands and Real Estate, Military assets such as missiles, aircraft, naval shipyards, dock and ships, tanks and howitzers…
I’m sure we’ve probably all heard discussions or what if scenarios, contemplating the failure of the central government of the United States under its own fiscal red ink.
So what do you suppose would happen (dare I say WILL Happen) if/when the United States government joins the USSR on the back pages of history?
I’m not going to project my thoughts here but I am going to suggest that this is a serious issue that each state needs to prepare for and here are some of teh more serious issues.
What will States do with Seniors who are relying on Social Security Checks that stop. Will States pick up the tap and add another huge tax burden to the people? (who by the way would no longer be paying Federal Income Tax)
What will States do with Federal lands and Real Estate. (Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth, McConnel AFB, Federal Courthouses, Federal Prisons (Leavenworth)? and more specifically what will States do with Federal prisoners who are guilty of committing crimes against a Federal government that no longer exists but have committed no crimes against the State? Would we see these people set free because no one had prepared a legal solution in advance?
What will States do with Military weapons systems inside their borders, Aircraft, Tanks, Howitzers, Missiles…?
What if anything will States do with thousands of suddenly unemployed Federal Civil Servants who will no longer have a pay check?
Will States want to go it alone or will several smaller states band together with a few larger states to create regional Republics?
If there is one thing that is certain, it is that no man made thing lasts forever. So I ask, what would happen if The United States Government simply ran out of money and stopped operating?
The pat answer of course from most people will be, “Oh that could never happen” and in 1988 I would have bet my life the same would be true of the Soviet Union… not that I cared about the USSR but it just seemed impossible to contemplate that which came about.
I think the same forces that crippled the Soviet Union Financially (fiscally irresponsible people in government) are doing the same thing to the United States Government.
The former Comptroller General of the United States, who is not a politician he is an accountant put out a very bleek portrait of the future of the US Government a few years ago and the economic situation has gotten far worse since then. Here is a link to the video if you’d care to watch…
Just like a personal or corporate checking account its impossible to keep spending more than you earn without ending up broke, but that is the hole our Federal government is digging for itself…