Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Hmmm. Something tells me that the long arm of the federal government is involved in the "Native American Electrician Training Program."
That said, I am all for worker training programs, even at the hands of the feds. Teach a man to fish and whatnot. And I am more sympathetic to the ethnic interests of American Indians than any group that came here voluntarily. So I suppose I'm all good. Employee a Native American electrician today!
Oh, wait, that would require a need for electricians. I would need an electrician if only my own town's (Democrat) government took less than a geologic age to issue a straightforward building permit. Do you think the Borough of Princeton would pick it up a bit if I promised to hire Native Americans to do the job?
Why, indeed, do we still have reservations? Are they a good thing? Do they help Native Americans?
Are not we (or ought be) encouraged to view ourselves "just" as Americans...and as quickly as possible?
What is the purpose of the Bureau of Indian Affairs? Doth this crowd actually keep Native Americans in a state of semi-poverty, ignorance, poor physical and mental health?
Note: I would delete the BIA and the Federal Department of Education.
Why a separate Department of Energy? What do Commerce and Labor actually do? Could not some be slammed together and mega savings be achieved?
Older Retired Marine
My friend needed a permit for a house here in the Bay Area. Residential construction had cratered. On submitting his plans he suggested that with the low activity, it should be a quick and simple matter to process the application.
Sounds right eh?
No, since no one had anything to do, everyone was going to have to look at it.
Let's don't forget who we work for.
Do "we" have reservations? If so, please let me know where the Irish and Swedish reservations are...I'd like to open a casino and get my fair share of untaxed booze.
As far as the BIA goes, screw them! The Indians can manage themselves, thank you very much and the existence of this long unneeded den of bureaucrats with sinecures should be done away with.
The reservations are generally immune from local and State laws. They give the Indians legal "refuge" from non-Federal laws. In theory, legal access is only possible by the Federal Government, hence Indian reservations can have gambling casinos, among other things. In theory, they have a certain amount of 'national sovereignty' within the United States. A lot of "Native Americans" don't particularly like the way their own tribes run the reservations, though.
In any federal system, there must be a conflict between the powers of the central government and those of the individual states. There is just as much argument about this in the EU as in the USA, and I expect India and China are the same.
The same thing happens all over again within each state, where county or city governments fight for power with the state government.
How long it takes to get a Princeton building permit depends upon who is asking. Different contractors have different relationships with the Borough staff and those relationships seem to matter a lot. I've had the process take only a couple of days with one builder and weeks with others. Getting the Certificate of Occupancy is a whole 'nother set of problems though.