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New government action plans keep coming especially after each election. Billions spent on social programs. Nothing. All have been tried. All have failed. Throwing money at Canada's 1.4 million natives has not helped. And never will.

Thanks to bleeding hearts in government and other people who like spending taxpayer's money, we have created a permanent social underclass that has become totally dependent on handouts. Beggars in the forest.

Millions of immigrants have come here in by the planeload from every corner of the globe. Most find jobs. Settle down. Have families. And prosper. Natives? Status quo year in year out - same problems in the 1920s exist today.  Most remain permanently disconnected from mainstream society. By choice. The common theme is natives want to preserve their culture. Stay on the land. Live off the land. Fine. Let's cut off the government cheques and you can go chop wood and hunt caribou and catch fish. Whatever. Just a reminder, to our native friends, The stone age ended 10,000 years ago. Farming and industrial revolutions the past few hundred years have brought prosperity to every corner of the world. What are you clinging to? And at whose expense. Native ideas about preserving culture ring false. Little is left of the way of life in the 1800's prairies and forests for anyone, white or otherwise. It's gone. Forever. Nobody lives like that anymore. Who wants to?

This country is a nation of immigrants who have melted into the mainstream and for the most part done quite well. It's no accident this country remains desirable to emigrate to. All these people have one expectation. Give me chance to work and I will do the rest. Natives for a hundred and fifty years have been demanding, give me money and I will do nothing for myself. And we've let them. 

None of this is acceptable talk. Former Prime Minister Jean Cretien recently discovered what happens when you suggest natives might have to just leave the Reserve to improve their lives. If we were a gun-toting nation I'm sure he would be dead now. The bleeding hearts and righteous spenders of our tax dollars denounced him as racist. He was not. He was stating a simple fact. Sometimes you do have to move and leave your community. Sometimes there's just no hope where you live and you need to move. This country is littered with abandoned towns and villages that died when the main industry folded. People moved away. They didn't expect government handouts to stay and hope that industry will come back. They left forever and found new opportunities elsewher. It's hard to move like that. To give up your friends and just pack up and go. It's a major upheaval for families to experience. But it does happen. Any person thus affected understands what Jean Cretien meant. Sometimes you just have to move. Not the natives. No sirree. We're staying put right here. No work? No problem. That's what our federal government is here for.

Dozens of young natives are taking their lives every year in silent protest or statement that being trapped on Reserves hundreds and thousands of kilometres from decent schools and jobs is not good for the mind. Of course the native chiefs blame the Canadian people for racism and the government for not spending enough on Reserves. Well, I beg to differ. Lack of opportunities on Reserves is well-known and the suicides speak for themselves. Throwing money at some poor young native girl desparate for a decent opportunity in the bigger wider world means nothing. The people keeping her prisoner by way of guilt trips about abandoning the fantasy culture are to blame. Instead of packing up the canoe and heading for the nearest city, for new opportunities and hope, they sit at home, brooding and complaining about the injustices imposed by the whites out there. Well, native people, lots of non-whites have come to Canada from half-way round the world for better opportunities and succeeded. What's holding you back.

The government is in an awful place on native issues. It spends more than five billion dollars a year on Reserves. Doubling that would solve nothing. Being honest like Mr Cretien tried to be won't work. Nobody wants to be flogged in the public square. So they keep the budgets frozen at five billion a year and put bandages here and there but nobody speaks out about what needs to be done. Dismantle the Reserve system. 

Maybe this might work. Give natives title to the properties they live on. Let them enjoy investing and looking after their own homes instead of destroying their own homes and expecting the government to build them a new one. Reserves across the country are uniquely and specifically run-down squalid slums. Nobody provides upkeep. The natives certainly don't look after their homes because they don't own it. The government would go bankrupt trying to fulfill empty promises about fixing native housing. It hasn't and won't work, ever.

Reserves mostly are isolated communities that the world has forgotten about. These patches of land that natives refuse to leave, ironically do not belong to the natives clinging to some belief that it is theirs. It's not. Never was. It's Crown Land. Belongs to the government. And the government has no intention of giving title to that land to anyone. Never will be.

Post industrialization has concentrated people in cities and urban centres. It's simply not efficient to build a factory a thousand kilometres in some isolated community with no roads in or out and plenty of unskilled and unmotivated labour. People flock to cities because that is, in fact, where jobs are. This dream natives have that things will change, that their young will get happy some day by some miracle they themselves cannot define because it does not exist, is destroying a another, among many, generations that will never be able to fit in to mainstream society because it is missing out on the life-skills you only attain by actually living in urban areas and learning to survive there. There is only one thing guaranteed on Reserves and that is complete and utter hopeless lives that will be short and mostly tragic. 

The chiefs that pay themselves handsomely from government handouts while begging for ever more should be ashamed of themselves for killing their young because that is what their narrow self-interests and policies are doing to their children. 

The government leaders without an ounce of gut are also to blame for not having the courage to cut through the baloney and calling the native tragedy what it is. Doomed. 

The bleeding hearts? I want to chain each of you to a tree in one of the thousands of Reserves and watch native lives go down the drain while you with your PHDs and Masters of Nothing go around lecturing about how these poor natives have been mistreated and destroyed by white society. Live among the natives, I say to you, for a few months and find out what it is to camp out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by people who do not know the meaning of getting up and going to work because people like you insist that somehow this whole insane way of life on Reserves is noble. You, bleeding hearts, are the enemy of the natives in your endless whining about how badly we've treated them. Tell that to taxpayers, those selfish white bastards, dishing out five billion a year. 

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