Capitalism

Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What You Can Do About It

Capitalism

"Punishing the strongest players in a capitalist system punishes everyone, including consumers, and those consumers hurt the most are those who spend the highest proportion of their incomes on food, shelter, and other necessities-the poor."

"In a free market system, the most tried-and-true method for the poor to become rich is through entrepreneurship on the playing field of capitalism. When markets are open, people with little more than determination and a sharp mind can become as successful as those handed every opportunity in life and with a silver spoon wedged firmly in their mouths."

"When government punishes people for the act of investing, fewer entrepreneurs are going to get a chance to get the funding they need to make their dreams a reality. For all the crying black politicians do over economic stimulus in urban America, entrepreneurs are still the number one creators of new businesses and new jobs, thereby underscoring the need for limited taxation and regulation over business owners and private investors."

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"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." P.97

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