Two stupid questions in need of intelligent answers

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Question 1: Yesterday, I heard a radio commercial asking listeners to support a college fund for America’s indigenous people (aka American Indians; aka Native Americans). The commercial made the point that most Indians on reservations live in poverty. If the reservations are so poor, why don’t the residents leave? Is it really more important to them to score points against the U.S. government by living on guilt-land than it is to thrive? It’s the same with the Palestinians — the leaders are making a point and the followers are living in squalor. Is there something I’m missing here?

Question 2: Putting aside the fact that there’s nothing to celebrate about having coerced 7 or so million people to buy insurance, why does the Left now claim that Obamacare can no longer be repealed? How complicated is repeal? Isn’t repeal simply the absence of force? You’d be saying “The government won’t force people to buy a product; employers can decide whether it’s to their benefit to offer insurance benefits to their employees; and the insurance companies will once again be able to shape insurance policies according to their company values and profit goals, not according to government diktat. It seems to me that, while implementing has taken years and will take constant effort, undoing it will take no energy at all. It’s like physics. It takes energy to hold the thing together, and entropy will allow it readily to fall apart. Again, is there something I’m missing here?

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  1. says

    2, you’re missing that evil won’t let you be good. It’s not about a matter of choice. Evil will fight, if only on that topic.
     
    So long as the Left exists, there will be no solutions. That’s what people didn’t want to get in 2006-08. The Left will still exist if somebody wins or loses an election.
     
    1: the Native Americans are cattle and they are to stay on that land because that’s the only lop sided deal cattle could get with more powerful civilizations. Alcoholicism and various other problems accrue due to their inability to stand up for themselves. Because their ancestors tried and surrendered. They are the losers. How demeaning must it be then to lose to the United States, and yet the US is the weakest saddest dog of them all in the world. A powerful nation that sacrificed its own people and power for nothing. They feel demeaned by this even more and want to lash out, even if that means taking more handouts from the powerful. This reproduces a never ending cycle, like welfare or Palestinian stupidity.

  2. Matt_SE says

    1) I’m not an expert on the subject of Indian motivation (ask a Native American about that), but my understanding is that reservations are run like a socialist’s wet dream. Also, throw in quite a healthy dose of racism and victimization…your basic leftist agenda. It used to be fear that kept them on the reservation (heh…”on the reservation”…literally, for once). With Indian casinos, there’s more money to be handed out to the tribe now.
     
    2) The left claims it cannot be repealed, not as an exercise in logic (we repealed a Constitutional amendment, for goodness’ sake!) but as a form of propaganda and psychological operation. They won’t convince those who know better, but might just pick off a few rubes into thinking it would be more trouble than it’s worth at this point to repeal it. It is also a kind of mantra that they chant to soothe their frazzled nerves; all that’s missing is the compulsive rocking back and forth.

  3. jj says

    1.  The ones inclined to be layabouts will now be educated layabouts.  There are already plenty of those, they can join the parade.  We have two tribes in the immediate neighborhood, the Clallam and the S’Klallam.  They are of course not related and their genealogies touch at no point in the last ten thousand years.  (When young we spent summers on a place called Block Island.  Northeast island: think Nantucket, Cuttyhunk, Martha’s Vineyard, Chappaquiddick, etc.  Only Block Island didn’t have Kennedys – it had DuPonts.  Anyway, the natives, of whom there were about 300, were predominantly named Dodge, Ball, and Rose.  And – none of them were related.  The Roses from the west side of the island had absolutely nothing to do and no relationship with the Roses from out on the Neck.  On an island four miles wide at the widest point and seven miles long.  These three families had been there for the entire history of the USA, and none of the Roses are related to each other, nor are the Dodges, nor the Balls.  The only thing you can say is: ‘okay.’)  So the Clallam and the S’Klallam historically have had absolutely nothing to do with each other and are entirely different animals, and they’ve lived 20 miles apart since the beginning of time.  Okay.
     
    The point is, one tribe has used the annual funds they get from the government brilliantly, and have built a beautiful and prosperous community, to a great extent supported by a lovely casino, but also contributed to by a well-visited museum and cultural center, etc., etc.  They have built a golf course with two restaurants, and they found a kid with talent, sent him to school, and put him in charge as tribal chef.  The casino restaurant and one of the two in the golf club are two of the three best places to eat in far west Washington.  They don’t need but would take full advantage of the opportunity to educate everybody.  The other tribe?  The Not-Their-Cousins tribe?  Appalachia.  Driving through the res features a tour of cars on cinder-blocks; roofs green with moss; sagging everything, and plenty of peeling paint and rust.  A mess.  As a friend who is member of the first tribe – and manager of my bank branch – says: “they can’t get out of their own way.”  Sop they have the oppportunity to be educated – and unable to get out of their own way.
     
    2.  First of all since I don;’t believe anything that drops out of Obama’s mouth, I have no reason to believe in the numbers.  Last night when they announced 7.1 million sign-ups, Charles Krauthammer remarked: “for months they haven’t known any numbers, now all of a sudden they’re able to be precise to a decimal point?”  Forgive me for sharing his skepticism.  If Obama told me it was daytime I’d look out the window to be sure.  And even if there were 7.1 million legitimate sign-ups, anything can be repealed.   

  4. Danny Lemieux says

    JJ and Matt_SE are spot on: it depends upon the tribe. Many reservations and inner cities share the same curse of government “care”, whereby government did its best over the years to destroy the people by reducing them to wards of the State and completely beat personal responsibility and initiative out of them. But, you can’t tar every tribe with the same brush. 
    The small Dakota Sioux tribe just south of Minneapolis is the richest of all the U.S. tribes, all due to casino royalties. I believe that each individual earns 6-7 figure annual incomes. However, it did nothing to diminish the tribe’s social ills of alcoholism, drug use and family abuse. Their money comes easily, but it doesn’t necessarily translate into personal motivation.
     
    The Southern Ute tribe of Colorado retained a free-enterprise ethos on their reservation, plus mineral rights. Today, they are rich off of gas and oil money and recognized as very savvy business people. Just down the road, the Mountain Ute tribe opted to retain their tribal and collectivist traditions. They ended up “poor as church mice”.
     
    The story of American Indians is a very complicated one and each tribe should be judged on its own unique merits. 

  5. Charles Martel says

    I’ve seen the TV ads where a young Indian man or woman is standing in the middle of a bleak desert landscape asking for help to get poor reservation kids off to college and educated. What’s missing is an acknowledgement that most of those kids will return from four-year schools as certificated professional victims, bearing shiny degrees in sociology, community organizing, communications, psychology, Native American culture, and other useful reservation-transforming skill sets.  

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