Family Breakdown

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

Family Breakdown

"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."


"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