There is much talk about the “Nanny State” and the concept of Big Government caring for all the needs of its citizens. Everyone wonders just what would things look like if that were to occur. We do not have to wonder, we have an example of the differences clearly shown to us. We have only to look at the many Native American tribes of the Western States and compare them to the Lumbee Tribe of Native Americans in North Carolina.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is responsible for EVERYTHING on the reservations of the West. The Federal Government also owns everything on these reservations.
Living conditions are poor, at best, unemployment and substance abuse is rampant. Why are these conditions so? Does not the Federal Government care for them? A classic example and a preview for all of what our government is capable of. Are these the conditions in which all of America aspires to? I think not.
Let us compare this with conditions for the Lumbee Indian tribe. Keep in mind, we are comparing Native Americans, the same genealogically, yet very different ideologically.
Census statistics for the “top” 25 Indian tribes are skewed due to the inclusion of the information of the Lumbee’s. This tribe is affluent, to say the least. Something of GREAT importance is noting that this wealth and prosperity is achieved through hard work and private ownership of property AND NO CASINO INCOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why is this so? The primary underlying fact is private property ownership.
The Indians on the reservations of the West, I know are a proud people. Something that helps keeps them in squalor is the fact that the government owns the property. There is no incentive whatsoever to improve any type of conditions, for the government has the ability to take that away at any moment. Common sense lends the idea that one would not make any “extra” investment of time or money into something that ultimately belongs to someone else.
I use this as an example for comparison of the underlying factors. This clearly shows all, both the ” Big Government” caring scenario and the independent spirit of Americans and what can be achieved when government is not involved in our everyday lives.