sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, March 16, 2019

An American Experiment in Socialism

If you want to see how socialism works under the American Government, the best place to begin is an Indian reservation. Start with one that doesn't have a massive casino or oil wells. The medical care is on par with what you could expect in almost any clinic in Africa and the lifestyle as people wait for their 'free' government allotment is legendary.

Bob O'Rorque, AOC and the rest of the fringe players who are demanding socialism should go there, live among the people, and see for themselves how things really work in an American Socialist system.

Yes, I know that Indians can leave the rez. But it's not an easy thing when you're a product of Indian schools and a culture that doesn't want to release you. 

Here at my new home in the Arizona Highlands, I live on the curtilage of reservation land. I'm not part Indian, like the illustrious presidential candidate Elizabeth (Poke) Warren, who brags about her 1/100,000th heritage. But I've seen graphically how things work under the government-sponsored socialism of Indian affairs. On reservations there are a few elite Indians who manage to siphon off as much as they are able as they lap at the government trough. They live quite well on a blend of low level graft and influence peddling. Cinderblock house, enough heat, 2 4x4's in the driveway. And then there are the politically forgotten folk. 

Living conditions on many Indian reservations are so poor that they are comparable to conditions in Third World countries. Many families don’t have adequate food, clothing, or access to modern health care. Many homes lack indoor plumbing, heating systems, and electricity.

For the best part of the last two decades Shannon County, South Dakota, which lies entirely inside the Pine Ridge reservation, was the poorest county in the United States. When it finally moved down on the poverty list, it was only because conditions worsened on another Indian reservation.

The new poorest county in the United States is Buffalo County, northeast of Pine Ridge in central South Dakota and home to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.
Sure, we can point to the VA as being the penultimate in government healthcare (good in some places, horrid in others), but the real experiment in socialism is found on the rez. Only there is the real face of socialism and government failure evident.

Saturday Compendium

Finding Priorities

California experienced unprecedented snow and rain as a result of global cooling. What happened to all of that water a state where they are CONTINUALLY howling about a lack of water? Why almost all of it washed into the Pacific ocean, because they are not building reservoirs? (The bullet train to nowhere had a lot more kick backs associated with it than a dam.) Because there is always a snail, or a chub fish, or a rodent, or an insect in the construction zone that might not be able to get out of the way of the bulldozers. It's fine if you are ok with being thirsty, but please don't whine, California. Nobody takes the state seriously anyway.

Coping with Global Cooling

Sure, there's a good possibility that we're entering an ice age. When it ends, and the ice melts and all those wind turbines are revealed, what will people in 2219 think? (h/t Woodsterman)

Then there is the inevitable problem of getting your 4x4 trapped in the ice during the ice age. We will be looking back fondly to the years of global warming... those years when you didn't have to dig down 12' to find your ride after the snow storm. 

20,000 years ago, what is now Boston was under 1,250 meters of ice. Could it happen again? Sure, why not?

Stay warm, my friends.

Should you be burning wood to help offset the onset of the ice age? It would seem to be a prudent move. In fact cutting down ALL trees would reduce CO2 according to key Democrats because trees give off CO2 at night. They only make O2 during the daytime. Trees are treacherous and put out more CO2 than cows. Save the cows/steaks/milk/butter, eliminate trees.

Thoughts on President Trump's First Veto

The Republicans (RINOs) who voted against President Trump did so because they thought that Congress should decide how money is spent, and not the president, by taking executive action. Oh, how sweet the anti-Trump Republicans are. Congress hasn't dealt with immigration, or the border wall or much of anything lately. President Trump felt forced to act to secure the border even if it took an emergency declaration, which freed up money. 
The Senate passed a resolution Thursday to overturn President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, with 12 Republicans joining all the Democrats to deliver a rare bipartisan rebuke of the president. 
The disapproval resolution passed the House last month, so the 59-to-41 Senate vote will send the measure to the president’s desk. Trump intends to use the first veto of his presidency to strike it down, and Congress does not have the votes to override the veto.
Bless their little black hearts. Congress can't seem to figure out how to pour pee out of a boot, and they rebuke the President? 

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