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 4×4’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.