Uncle Sam's Plantation
How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What You Can Do About It
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.
— Rush Limbaugh
Star Parker, freedom fighter and social policy activist, has written a blistering indictment of today's culture of government dependency.
"Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What You Can Do About It" traces the benign origins of the welfare state and its evolution into a $400 billion plus monstrosity of programs that effectively enslave America's poor.
Parker, a former welfare mother, has seen first hand the damage that a life of dependency renders. Years of massive government spending have left America's inner cities in shambles, black families destroyed, and youth uneducated and directionless.
It's time to cut our losses, get government and bureaucrats out of the way, and return our precious and limited resources to where Americans know how to use them best - to the control of private citizens. Perpetuation of the lie, says Parker, that government programs can solve the problems of individuals has left a generation of black Americans with a loss of a sense of self, hope, and responsibility.
In Uncle Sam's Plantation, Star Parker reveals how:
- The welfare system enslaves the poor on a subsidized, legal plantation
- The left and right continue to look in error to government approaches to poverty
- Government undermines the framework of morality and values without which poverty and adversity cannot be overcome
- Politicization of welfare, education, our tax system, and our retirement system perpetuates the cycle of poverty
"Thirty-five years of Great Society social engineering have forced the disadvantaged to live under the control of the federal government.
Politicians control their housing, their food supply, their schooling, their wages, and their transportation.
A centralized government makes decisions about their childcare, healthcare, and retirement. It controls their reproduction through abortion and wants to control their deaths through euthanasia."
Through the welfare system, "Uncle Sam has developed a sophisticated poverty plantation, operated by a federal government, overseen by bureaucrats, protected by media elite, and financed by the taxpayers. The only difference between this plantation and the slave plantations of the antebellum South is perception."
Acclaim for Star Parker's "Uncle Sam's Plantation"
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. Let’s face it, despite its $400 billion price tag, welfare isn’t working.
The solution, asserts Star Parker, is a faith-based, not state-sponsored, plan. In Uncle Sam’s Plantation, she offers five simple yet profound steps that will allow the nation’s 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.