• We should learn from Native Americans

      This week on my show (Thursday, 10 pm EST) I devote the whole hour to likely Presidential candidate Ron Paul. He explains how he would downsize the government and protect your liberty.

      He gets it. Unfortunately, most people don’t.

      Whenever people see problems, it’s intuitive to look for a solution in more government spending, more rules, more government control.

      But what happens when government gets that control? We now know, thanks to a 200 year experiment. For one group in America, one the government had treated badly, government has made a special effort to “help.”

      I write about it in my syndicated column this week:

      The U.S. government has "helped" no group more than it has "helped" the American Indians.

      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…

      Tribal governments and the Bureau of Indian Affairs manage most Indian land. Indians compete to serve on tribal councils because they can give out the government's money. Instead of seeking to become entrepreneurs, members of tribes aspire to become bureaucrats…

      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.

      Full column here.

      Syndicated Column