Navigating Troubled Waters – Part 2 – Time for Preparation?

If you have not yet read part 1, please do so now before proceeding. Then as you review this post, take your time, there is alot here – it took me time to compile it and I believe it is worthy of your valuable time.

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Are we witnessing the collapse of the US economy?

Time for Preparation?

Allow me to begin with this thought –  Things are changing…rapidly. I am not a conspiracy theorist. I’m only a guy who looks at our nation, and frankly sees how we got here – I am not one who is saying “what the hell happened?” Most folks now see how much is going on even in the “mainstream media”. So, as I see it, the key is to be prepared (funny how that is the boy scouts motto!) and as I see it here is how…

First – a word from Dr. Ron Paul – 

Dr. Paul is a man whom I agree with on 90% of his positions – especially as they pertain to the U.S. economy and what is happening in our nation. 

It’s Going to get Much, Much Worse

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You can’t eat silver or gold

Yes, that statement is quite true, and while I AM going to recommend some resources to be purchased BEFORE you buy silver and gold, I want you to remember this: Silver and Gold have had and continue to have value SINCE ANCIENT TIMES. I see no reason to believe that in 2013, that will change! In fact, looking at human behavior today, are we really that different from our most distant grand parents who lived hundreds or even thousands of years ago?

What do I need before considering silver and gold? 

In short – think of the essentials, or as a friend once said to me, when it comes to preparation… “the 3 B’s“: beans, bullets and band-aids!

At a minimum, ask yourself these tough questions:

If shipments of supplies break down how many days (weeks/months) will I (and my family) last with the food we have on hand?

I’m going to recommend Wise Foods to you. Personally, I have several months of food reserves with me. Their food is packaged into meals that serve 2-4 people…and the packages are designed to last 25 years. By using my banner below, you’ll save a few bucks and get free shipping. 

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If our water supply is threatened, how will we get potable water?

I thought about this one – my first idea was to carry (remember I’m a full time RV’er) bottled water…but then I realized the space and weight involved. Instead, I opted for a water filter. One that I recommend is the Sawyer featured below. Why? Well, first it will filter almost *everything* from virtually *any* water source. AND… the filter (which CAN be replaced) will filter 1,000,000 gallons of water! (I am also working on sharing a less portable solution – look for an update to this page soon.)

 

 

Am I prepared to protect myself and my family?

Personally, I recommend “cheaperthandirt.com” or “Cabellas” – ‘nuf said?

What skills do I have (and bring to the table to be of value to others)?

Think about how to make yourself more valuable and useful to others. Ask yourself, what would happen if you were unable to travel from where you are now. Do you know your neighbors? Have you considered what each of you can do to help each other get through a crisis? While things are tranquil, wouldn’t it make sense to at least talk about these matters? 

Before I get to silver and gold… I fully realize most folks have VERY little savings – so, here are my thoughts on that…

I learned years ago that having a “job” is really being “just over broke” And… in my years, I have seen businesses fail that were once thought to be “fail proof”. What would happen if… Further, Brian Mudd shared some alarming stats the other day. In his daily research report (called his “cheat sheet”), Brian uncovered a Yahoo finance report that shows while we are earning 30% more than 10 years ago, hospitalization costs 85% more, fuel 108% more and heating oil 145% more in that same time period. Get my point? 

Oh, and if you think your pension is safe, listen to the audio recordings I have linked in the silver and gold section below.

So, what is the solution?

The short answer is ASSETS – preserve what you have and create new assets. It is in that light, I want you to consider the “home based business world”. Now… before you run screaming for the exits… yes, I know its a mine-field and many things you hear of are outright scams – but NOT ALL. Part of the value I bring to the table at this time is a keen sense of what is and what is not.

I’ve found a few. Presently, I’m generating residual, leveraged income with a company, not because of the compensation plan or fancy marketing schemes – AT ALL. Instead, I see myself more as a “company rep” as I believe in their product – period. If you want to learn more about a “home based business” that I feel is VERY unique and different from the rest – click HERE.

So what about Silver and Gold?

OH BOY… what a hot topic! Why would I say this when only about 1% of the American public own silver and gold (SOURCE)? In fact, this same article, refers to silver as a “ticking time bomb.” One reason I agree with the author of this article is the fact that the national cookie jar is NOT infinite. According to this report, the number of people living on government support (and I’m NOT talking about social security or medicare) is at an all time high – and is MUCH higher than just a few decades ago. As one very sharp individual recently said, you can’t spend $1 trillion MORE each year than you take in and not expect something bad to happen.

I should also point out that demand for gold and silver bullion CONTINUES to exceed or nearly exceed our ability to mine and produce these precious metals. Ask yourself… what will happen when more Americans “wake up” and decide having some bullion is a good idea? Personally, I am a big believer in supply and demand (especially in the long term).

Recently I listened to a few powerful and brief audio presentations. You can hear from:  Bill Fleckenstein    Eric Sprott     Gerald Celente   (I will leave it to you to Google who these men are and why their opinions are worth listening to.) If you do not have the time to hear them, here is the “executive summary”… in short, we are in trouble!

Quantitative Easing (QE) – the strategy by the FED and other national banks (for example, Japan) has only served to prop up the stock markets – and cracks are showing up even there. (There has recently been an increase in “volatility” and that often precludes a “change in direction” (remember – the markets have nearly gone straight up for about 18 months now. In short, paper assets are NOT to be trusted. I’m going to recommend physical gold, and based upon Mike Maloney’s recent warning about COUNTERFEIT silver and gold permeating the market, I suggest you take care as to whom you purchase it from. I use a trusted individual at Monex and would be glad to refer you to him on a personal basis. Contact me and I’ll get you his information. (You can look into who Monex is – they are one of the largest and most trusted bullion dealers you’ll ever find.)

In closing, I am posting this to advise you, my reader of what I believe is coming – and when it comes to preparation, some things to consider (and i’m sure not an exhaustive list). I assure you I am not prescient, nor am I a doomsdayer. In fact, I believe in our nation and know we will survive – but – being prepared – and considering where you live or if you are able to relocate “on the fly” just simply makes sense. Got thoughts to add? Liked/ didn’t like what I’ve shared? Use the space below to offer up your thoughts – I welcome them!

Note: I wrote this originally about a year ago (in 2013), I have since updated it – but – consider this: have things* improved or deteriorated?

*The economy, world stability, general feeling of “ease”


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