Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government
Enslaves America's Poor and What You Can Do About It
America has two economic systems: capitalism for the rich and socialism for the poor. This double-minded approach seems to keep the poor enslaved to poverty while the rich get richer. Letís face it, despite its $400 billion price tag, welfare isnít working.
The solution, asserts Star Parker,
is a faith-based, not state-sponsored, plan. In Uncle Samís
Plantation, she offers five simple yet profound steps that
will allow the nationís poor to go from entitlement and slavery
to empowerment and freedom. Parker shares her own amazing
journey up from the lower rungs of the economic system and
addresses the importance of extending the free market system
to this neglected group of people. Emphasizing personal initiative,
faith, and responsibility, she walks readers toward releasing
the hold poverty has over their lives.
Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What You Can Do About It
Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition
on Urban Renewal & Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization
that provides national dialogue on issues of race and poverty
in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public policy.
Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star Parker
was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California. After
receiving Christ, Star returned to college, received a BS
degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine.
The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, yet served
as a springboard for her focus on faith-based and free market
alternatives to empower the lives of the poor. As a social
policy consultant, Star Parker gives regular testimony before
the US Congress, and is a national expert on major television
and radio shows across the country.
Currently, Star is a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and
FOX News. She debated Jesse Jackson on BET; fought for school
choice on Larry King Live; and defended welfare reform on
the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Nationwide, Star shares her story and policy suggestions
through college and church lectures, community outreaches,
and empowerment conferences for inner city pastors. She has
hosted radio talk shows in Christian and secular markets,
and currently is a regular guest editorialist for USA Today.
Major accomplishments include speaking at the 1996 Republican
National Convention and co-producing a documentary on welfare
reform with the BBC in London Star Parker's personal transformation
from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled
by ABC's 20/20; Rush Limbaugh; Readers Digest; Dr. James Dobson;
The 700 Club; Dr. George Grant; the Washington Times; Christianity
Today; Charisma, and World Magazine.
Articles and quotes by Star have appeared in major publications
including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and
the New York Times. Her autobiography "Pimps,
Whores & Welfare Brats" was released in 1997 by Pocket
Books and her new book, "Uncle
Sam's Plantation" is released by Thomas Nelson in the
fall of 2003.
Star resides in Southern California.
Star Parker rocks the world. She is an iconoclast that must be listened to and reckoned with.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan's identification, in 1965, of the self-destructive roots of the Welfare State was prophetic. Star Parker's new book seizes on this theme, adds her personal sense of "been there and done that" and casts new light on the redemptive power of freedom.
In Uncle Sam's Plantation, Star Parker has written
her declaration of independence from the grand illusions, slippery
safety nets and moral muddles of the Welfare State. In this compelling
and inspirational book, she presents a devastating critique of the
socialist plans of the welfare bureaucrats and blasts into orbit
her fireworks of faith, family and freedom like an angelic avenger.
Star Parker's important new book helps advance the understanding-critical for all Americans-that prosperity does not come from government and politics, but results from men and women of character and high moral fiber living and working in freedom.
I have known Star Parker for almost 20 years. Her background gives her the experience to challenge us to get off the fence and get involved in creating a better society for all. I admire her for speaking up and expressing her fresh and compelling ideas. She is not striving to be popular; she is striving to be right. We all should be open to read and to learn from Uncle Sam's Plantation.