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
TOPICS | FAMILY
"The welfare system had some of its teeth taken out in 1996
under the welfare reform put forward by the Republicans in
Congress, but the monster is far from dead. Time limits and
work requirements are a step in the right direction, but the
culture of Uncle Sam's Plantation is fed by the misguided
policies of the left. As long as there are liberal ideologues
in the halls of power, there is likely to be a long hard battle
ahead for those of us committed to seeing poor people emancipated
from a paternalistic system that robs them of their initiative,
their freedom, and ultimately their hope for the future."
"It is generally accepted that family collapse is the root
cause of many social problems including poverty, crime, drug
abuse, and school failure. Children born in single parent
households are seven times more likely to be poor than are
those born to couples who stay married. Girls raised in these
homes on welfare are five times more likely to give birth
before marriage. Boys from these homes in the inner city are
twice as likely to engage in crime. Is it unreasonable to
suggest that the feminist revolution against marriage severely
damaged the social viability of disadvantaged children?"
"According to Claudette Bennett, chief of the racial statistics
branch of the Census Bureau, black married couples do well.
"More than half of all black married families had incomes
of $50,000 or more," she said in a recent report. The report
showed that "In education, black achievement is at a record
level: 79 percent have at least a high school degree (up four
percentage points from the 1997 report) and 17 percent have
at least a bachelor's degree (up four percentage points)."
It also showed that among black couples, 26.9 percent make
$75,000 or more and that more than 48 percent of blacks owned
their homes in 2002."
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.