We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Americans Indians on reservations live like many Black Americans live in urban areas. It can easily be a soul-destroying life where everything for survival is free because the powers that be have written them off as people without productive potential and figure that the sensible route is to give them stuff and get their votes.
Everybody admires those who escape any Indian government plantation. The worst thing about the Indians' plantation: No work at all to be done. No food needs to be produced, no buffalo left to kill, no enemy tribes to fight. Nothing. Escape is the only way to salvage a life.
Government treats blacks and Indians as if they were helpless children. Give them stuff and they will shut up. Maybe they - not the government - will figure that out someday but I do not see it happening anytime soon.
Interior Secretary James G. Watt Tuesday called Indian reservations ''an example of the failure of socialism.''
Mr. Watt's department includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which supervises the reservations. In an interview to be broadcast Wednesday on the Satellite Program Network based in Tulsa, Okla., Mr. Watt said that reservations aggravated social problems. ''If you want an example of the failure of socialism,'' he said, ''don't go to Russia, come to America and go to the Indian reservations.''
He said the Indians who lived on reservations maintained by the Federal Government experienced drug abuse, alcoholism, unemployment, divorce and venereal disease. ''Every social problem is exaggerated because of socialistic government policies,'' he said.
Watt is from Wyoming, so his observations were made with some direct knowledge of life on the Res. Cousins in Montana live near a Res. They agree that government handouts to the Res have merely enabled dysfunctional behavior. I will spare MF readers some of the stories I have heard.
During my brother's high school years in DC, his best friend had a grandfather who got off the Res and became a successful DC lawyer. For another success story off the Res, consider Vice-President Charles Curtis. Two of my aunts had mixed ancestry- 1/8 Indian. They had successful professional lives, in addition to raising families.
What nonsense! Stop blaming the government for people not taking responsibility for themselves. It's the individuals fault 99% of the time. If people don't have the desire to attend public schools or go to trade school and learn to become a plumber, or carpenter or a mechanic or whatever skill will earn them an income then too bad. There are literally hundreds of programs available to these people. They just need to get off their a$$es and do it. They have no one to blame but themselves. In America you have a choice - win or fail. It's up to you.
This is somewhat true but for some reservations but for about half of the Indians their income exceeds the national average thanks to casinos. And YOU pay for their healthcare, food, welfare, beer and drugs and if they work they pay no taxes. You may see them living in a rundown house or trailer but their income probably exceeds yours. Their biggest life risk is their drunk driving or liquor fueled fights with spouses or other tribe members.
Having been born in Oklahoma and spent summers there with relatives, I know many who left the reservation to become highly successful individuals while others just sat on their hands. Like most families, good parenting and role models help motivate children to make good choices. A cousin who teaches in Wisconsin does have trouble with her students who receive a distribution from tribal resources and use it on here-today-gone-tomorrow items rather than investing in their futures.
While generally true, it's not the same everywhere in the country. Here in OK there are a lot of Indians, maybe more than anywhere except some states that have tribes that don't live here. Most are like everybody else, just regular or exceptional Americans; not on reservations.
Most Indians I've ever known wore cowboy boots and were OU Sooner fans.
Do you remember those maps that showed which counties voted red or blue? There were only a few blue dots out west here. All of those places were Indian reservations or inner cities. And we don't have many cities.