Ontopic Government Creates Poverty

Atan Nolme

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Freedom leads to prosperity.

The U.S. government has "helped" no group more than it has "helped" the American Indians. It stuns me when President Obama appears before Indian groups and says things like, "Few have been ignored by Washington for as long as Native Americans."

Ignored? Are you kidding me? They should be so lucky. The government has made most Indian tribes wards of the state. Government manages their land, provides their health care, and pays for housing and child care. Twenty different departments and agencies have special "native American" programs. The result? Indians have the highest poverty rate, nearly 25 percent, and the lowest life expectancy of any group in America. Sixty-six percent are born to single mothers.....

Consider the Lumbees of Robeson County, N.C.—a tribe not recognized as sovereign by the government and therefore ineligible for most of the "help" given other tribes. The Lumbees do much better than those recognized tribes.

Lumbees own their homes and succeed in business. They include real estate developer Jim Thomas, who used to own the Sacramento Kings, and Jack Lowery, who helped start the Cracker Barrel Restaurants. Lumbees started the first Indian-owned bank, which now has 12 branches.

The Lumbees' wealth is not from casino money.







Politicians love poor people. It's why they work so hard to make more of 'em.
 

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No, its just somewhat counter intuitive that giving poor people help just makes them helpless. And really, it just looks bad when you vote against a bill to help less fortunate people. Politicians are really only a product of our society.
 

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No, its just somewhat counter intuitive that giving poor people help just makes them helpless. And really, it just looks bad when you vote against a bill to help less fortunate people. Politicians are really only a product of our society.

I have no problems with giving the poor a helping hand out of poverty just with letting them wallow in it.
 

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The lumbees are a poor example to use anyway. They have been recognized as free peoples since 1710 according to their wiki, and don't constitute a tribe. You can't just grab a bunch of brown people from an area and decide 50 years ago you want to be called the Lumbees.
 

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I have no problems with giving the poor a helping hand out of poverty just with letting them wallow in it.

But thats the problem. As a politician, it looks bad when you cut off support. Ever told your boss to fuck off and then punched him in the face? Of course not, cause you want to be employed. Same thing with politicians.

See my sig, its actually pertinent to this.
 

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I have no problems with giving the poor a helping hand out of poverty just with letting them wallow in it.

And the problem is the system does not help people in poverty. We basicly have burned-out overworked social workers who just rubber stamp anything. I don't blame them, but the way things are set up is more of a hindrance than a help.