FIVE YEAR PLAN
I liked the article Monday at Rawles on Japan with its debt at 300% of GDP. Of course, if we would just listen to the West Podunk Community College School Of Business all that would be necessary for the Japanese to do to increase their productivity and hence lower their debt, even in the radioactive ruins of their industrial parks, is to stop giving those whiney lazy bitches handouts like free shelter and meals. And to stop taxing the rich, since we all know all rich guys spend all their money on consumer items so it is all magically trickle down. They never send their money overseas for safekeeping or increased returns. But since we don’t listen to WPCCSOB, we are all doomed to economic ruin. The article mentioned the end of this decade as Really, Really Bad Times To Come. So, you have at most eight years to prepare by buying fortified zucchini farms atop mountains in any northern drought stricken state of your choice ( behold! Yeoman Farmer Paradise Of The Future! ), arming your troops with really cool looking short range high firepower carbines made by God Fearing Americans For God Fearing Americans To Smite The Unbelievers, and of course lots of complicated digital radio communications devices relying on odd sized batteries, wearing ballistic helmets sporting cameras and infrared detectors and night vision devices and bullet proof vests and at least five hundred clips of ammo and even if you can’t move under your own power with all that crap because of the weight you don’t have to worry because you are bullet resistant and can just remain immobile and lay down an uninterrupted spray of lead like that really cool gun in “Predator” that somehow didn’t need electrical power to rotate its barrels as it mowed down whole jungle ecosystems.
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Obviously this is a lot of stuff to buy, but if you are one of God’s chosen you make a lot of money, usually as a government contractor. You love the “free enterprise system” and Baby Jesus loves you ( I’m being sarcastic, Baby Jesus says you suck ). If God loved you, he made you rich and you can afford to buy your way to safety through the Apocalypse. Now, the article didn’t say a thing as to why we only have six to eight years. I’d imagine since it was talking about inflation through government quantitative easing, it is felt that is all the time we will have before the whole silly circus melts down. Hey, why not? It is as good a guess as my four years to zero oil imports. I’m glad to see the article as it is a much better heads up in the time line to collapse than you usually see over there. I think it is overly optimistic, but then I’m usually way too pessimistic. Keeping in mind my general rule that you should have your bare bones, better than nothing stockpile yesterday, would there be any harm in assuming a five year plan? If we assume that my overly paranoid date of death should be stretched out a bit ( but also keep in mind my last child support payment is now only nine paychecks away!!!!! ) and their overly Pollyanna assumption is too much to hope for, let’s just compromise, meet in the middle and say about five years to go until the twin oil import death and the hyperinflated economic contraction meet. I’m not saying this is a set in concrete date we should all fear, just that it is a possibility.
And why not go with it? If you already have some food and protection, you can now gamble with the date of deliverance. The nice thing about an arbitrary date in the future is that no matter how small the probability of it being correct, you benefit from accepting it in that you get much more down. We all didn’t have to really truly believe all the computers would crash at the beginning of the millennia, we just used it as a motivator. A cattle prod to our lazy asses. For me it worked as both a timeline and as a way to visualize how I could prep better. If you work better under some kind of pressure ( I get so much written because I have a deadline. I don’t wait for inspiration or motivation. Those are too fickle and can be used by your brain as excuses ), the five year plan should do you a world of good. And it will work much better for you than it did for the Soviets because you are actually motivated. Fear and greed can be great motivators, but they work much better together than separately. You fear for your life, and are working to make your future lot in life more comfortable. If you have done nothing, go with my $500 plan. It is strictly bare bones, but with it and a cynical paranoid attitude you should survive a black swan event that happens anytime. Then, as serves you, make improvements.
We all want more food than just wheat. More accurate weapons shooting modern ammunition. We would all like a place to live that is debt free and runs on alternate energy. Being out of debt. A retirement plan. All this is included in your five year plan. Just balance everything. Being completely out of debt is nice, but if that is all you do in five years, you have no where to live, no food storage, etc. Plan in order of importance. You won’t get everything done, but much more than if you “just prepped as I felt the budget allowed” ( which usually means never ). And plan your activities in order of freeing up cash. Like paying off one credit card quickly, then doubling up on the next. You free up a car payment, say, then that money plus the original amount that went to the first item goes to the next. Like I’ve outlined on moving to your junk land. You live in your car, or rent a room, putting your former mortgage money or higher rent into saving up moving money or paying off the land quickly. Everything gets easier and moves quicker this way. You might find the structure and the immediate feedback really work wonders for you.
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