Might as well crack out the tin foil hats, folks.

They’re good for when the black helicopters start spying on Wyoming residents.

It seems Wyoming has turned conspiracy into legitimacy.

To wit: House Bill 85 which is being considered currently in Cheyenne. It studies how Wyoming will print its own currency and strong-arm its citizens for what apparently is the inevitable collapse of the federal government. This bill would mean Cheyenne could step in to restore the order when Washington, D.C. can’t.

While crackpot conspiracy theories are nothing new in the age of the Internet, it’s a little sad to see so many of our elected state leaders hop on the fringe bandwagon.

Some legislators in Cheyenne recently commented they were stung by the accusation that they spent too much time on social issues. Yet, where is the ground swell from the average Wyoming resident who is worried about the federal government collapsing? When was the last time you heard a Wyoming outcry for its own backup currency?

If we really want to be creative and not reinvent currency, why not go to Greece or some other country whose currency has collapsed? We bet Wyoming could get a heck of a deal on a boatload of drachmas. And Wyoming’s own Sen. Mike Enzi seems to know where a bunch of unpopular dollar coins are stashed. Maybe Wyoming could make a play for the warehouses full of Susan B. Anthony dollars and Sacagawea coins.

Let’s just set the entire question of constitutionality aside for a moment, why would lawmakers even think such a bill is necessary? What does that say about our representatives’ faith in government? What should that tell us about our faith in them?

The Legislature, especially in a short session, should focus its attention on better things. If this is the most important thing facing our legislators, then Wyoming is in better shape than we thought.

What’s even worse than wasting time is the money that HB85 spends to create a study and task force.

How many of the lawmakers who support such a fringe idea have a U.S. flag tie tack, bumper sticker or lapel pin? How many of our conservative lawmakers who have signed on to this bill talk about patriotism only to sponsor an act that seems to root for the federal government’s demise?

Wait a second: Didn’t these same lawmakers take an oath?

We should be worried about the situation in America, but that should take the form of curtailing spending, considering entitlement and military spending, as well as doing more to spur job growth. Is Wyoming really so well off that it can afford to consider doomsday scenarios instead of solid policy that helps position Wyoming to capitalize on a future economic boom?

Among the things the study would consider is food disruption, currency disruption or some vague “constitutional crisis.” It’s not that we shouldn’t worry about what-if situations, it’s that in many cases, emergency plans at all levels of the government have already been formulated and, in some instances, rehearsed.

The only doomsday scenario not mentioned in the bill is aliens. Probably because we already know they’ve landed somewhere in New Mexico.

Wyoming residents should demand more reasonable legislation from lawmakers. This represents a lack of understanding the needs in Wyoming as well as prioritizing what really matters.

So let’s get this straight: Wyoming wants to pass a bill that sets up an alternative currency in times of federal emergency. There’s a certain irony that the money appropriated from the general fund for this piece of ridiculous legislation is $16,000.

That’s right — money in U.S. dollars.

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