Larry Lambert startled me with this comparison.
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.
There's more at the link.
Larry also linked to this article for supporting evidence.
Of the top 100 poorest counties in the US, four of the Top 5 and ten of the Top 20 are on indian reservations. In all, 24 counties with high Indian populations made the Top 100 Poorest Counties list based on the 2000 Census.
Living conditions on many Indian reservations are so poor that they are comparable to conditions in Third World countries.
Again, more at the link.
I've never visited a Native American reservation (although I must have driven through many of them in Oklahoma as I sped along I-40 east- or westbound). I have no personal experience of conditions there. However, if this is true, I'd love to know why it's true. Is it some sort of tribal/group or individual Native American problem? Is it caused by government mismanagement? Is it anything else, or a combination of several factors? I have no idea.
I'd like to hear from readers who know more than I. What caused this, and what (if anything) can be done about it?