What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

February 7, 2009

That was a heading on an awesome forum I used to spend more time on. People would post what they did or bought to prepare for hard times (joblessness, natural disasters, etc.), and it was often a source of some pretty good ideas. I thought I’d carry that over to here.

With the imminent passage of the Porkulus Bill, which will be shortly followed by socialized health care, the Fairness Doctrine, and the rolling back of the 2nd Amendment, capitalism and individual liberty will be on the decline. We’ve decided to go with European Socialism (you know, the construct wherein, even in the boom times of 2005 and 2006, they had higher unemployment rates than we have now in the US). These changes will be temporary–the American people still love their liberty, and even Messianic figures who get their own commemorative plates can’t change that. In the meantime, times will be tough. Still, there are things you can do.

What I Did Today To Prepare:

  • Today was payday, so I bought and stored some silver. When I started this blog last fall, silver was about $9.30 an ounce. Today it was $13.13 an ounce. When our dollar becomes devalued due to inflation (which it will, as we will have to print that stimulating money), precious metals will go even higher.
  • Put more money than I could really afford into a savings account (held at a credit union that’s unlikely to need “stimulating”). I’d rather have that cash in my checking account and enjoy it a bit, but since my elected representatives have chosen to extort my money to pay for their pet projects, I’m going to have to be very careful with what little is left. Socialism isn’t going to unstick the credit market, and cash will be king for some time. Then there’s the possibility of unemployment. The state of California can’t afford to cut people their unemployment checks anymore, and I expect that to extend to at least Michigan soon. If you have a job, put money aside in case the state can’t pay unemployment anymore. Plus, there’s the crippling tax increases that are coming, and not just to “the rich.” We’ve discovered in the past month that only the little people pay taxes: folks like Geithner and Daschle and Solis’ husband can’t be bothered. But God help you if YOU don’t. So save your money. It’s no fun, but you’ll be glad you did.
  • On the subject of taxes, did mine and made plans to save the refunds. Normally I would buy something–not this year. If you can save nothing else, save your tax refund as a small emergency fund.
  • Ordered seeds for this year’s garden from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Their seeds are heirloom (which means you can save seeds from them and next year’s crop will be the same as this year’s). I also bought extra  seeds for storage for the future.
  • Worked out for an hour. For the next few years, it’s going to be more essential than usual to be healthy and physically fit. For businesses that chose to be stimulated, Mr. Obama, by executive order, put in salary caps. When he nationalizes medicine, what will he do? Ration care only for people who meet certain weight guidelines? Considering that democrat senator Debbie Stabenow wants to limit the First Amendment rights of people who don’t share her political beliefs, will there be a political litmus test for medical care? If nothing else, the long lines for government care will delay medical care for many. When you give the government this kind of power, you cannot be surprised when they choose to wield it against you. Moreover, when Mr. Obama passes the Freedom of Choice Act, I expect many, many Catholic and other Christian hospitals will close their doors rather than be compelled to perform abortions, so there will be fewer medical facilities available. So be healthy: exercise, lose weight, grow some of your own food.
  • Called Senator McCaskill and asked her to vote against the Porkulus. She ran as a blue dog, but now has hitched her wagon inextricably to Mr. Obama, so I knew she wouldn’t actually follow the will of the people, but it’s the right thing to at least go through the motions. No matter–her choices are going to sink her in Missouri in 2012.

I’ll try to make this a regular feature. Feel free to post what you do to prepare.


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