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Fair share?

Regarding the proposed Propositions 68 and 70, Governor Schwarzenegger states in his corporate-sponsored commercials that Indian tribes operating casinos should pay their “fair share” to the people of California in the form of taxes. This implies that Indians are not treating Californians fairly.

What a joke! When did Indians get their “fair share”? Every person in California and, for that matter, the United States, is living on and exploiting lands stolen from Indian tribes.

At a minimum, the “fair share” that Californians owe the Indians should include all the BLM and National Forest lands, all timber rights, water rights, and mineral rights, including oil reserves. When the Indian tribes have been given back the “fair share” that was stolen from them, then maybe it would be fair to ask them to help out our greedy politicians who apparently cannot even balance their own checkbooks.

If politicians are unwilling to give the Indians back their “fair share”, then they have no reason to beg and harass the Indians for tax money. Californians should consider themselves lucky that Indians are offering Proposition 70 as a way to help the state pay for the government’s mistakes.

Brad Croul

Nevada City

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