Today I watched a few episodes of Doomsday Preppers and Doomsdays Bunkers and realized we haven't been giving President Obama enough credit. He and his cronies and co-conspirators have created an entire industry based upon people's fears that our country is heading toward either an impending total financial collapse, #OWS-style anarchy resulting in a collapse of the social order, or a terrorist attack. In a recent survey of 1007 Americans, more than half said they feared one of these events. The delicious irony is that the prepper movement is causing a Capitalism-driven boom in industries catering to those preparing for the Obamapocalypse.
Doomsday Preppers shows families installing massive underground bunkers the back woods of their properties. Some of these units are impressive. A company called Vivos offers luxury models for individual families and groups:
In addition to the bunker, you need other necessities like generators, waste disposal, food, water and, of course, weapons. LOTS of weapons. If your plan for the Obamapocalyps is to glom off of one of these families, think again. Most of them have impressive arsenals. Oh, and some of them have massive, impenetrable doors, made to withstand a direct nuclear missile attack.
One episode showed a restaurant supply store that expanded its operations because it's now selling large quantities of food to preppers. Lehman's Hardware, in Kidron, Ohio, began as a store selling primarily to Amish; they carry a wide variety of non-electric supplies. Now, in addition to the Amish, they are selling composting toilets and other supplies to those who want to live "off the grid" and they're actively marketing to them. There is also a market for gas masks, firearms classes, camouflage gear....the possibilities are endless. The 1007 who were surveyed were also asked,
Which of the following, if any, have you ever done to prepare for a potential catastrophe?:
Ca-ching!! Somebody is making all of this doomsday equipment, trucks are delivering it to stores, and sales people are selling it, in addition to all the associated overhead processes associated with commerce. Then there is all the labor involved in installing the bunkers, including cranes, concrete trucks, and various contractors. All this translates into jobs.
Sure, pending doom is a non-traditional jobs plan, but a job is a job in these difficult times. So, on behalf of Americans everywhere, including our friends in the Prepper Movement, I say, "Thank you, Mr. President, for creating all these jobs."
Cross-posted on Bold Colors