Liberalism

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

Liberalism

"[Liberals] say that the two million people in prison today simply need rehabilitation. They say that the biggest problem for the three million women on welfare is child-care. The estimated 150,000 people with HIV need access to health care. Drunkards are victims of a disease. Gluttons are victims of a weight imbalance. Looters are victims of racism. And sexual predators are victims of, well, human nature."

"Hillary Clinton is wrong. The government should only do for others what they are not capable of doing for themselves. As George Gilder points out in his book Men and Marriage, "The breakdown of monogamy produces unproductive and disruptive men." The answer is not a jobs program. The creation of jobs will not remedy the pathology of males freed from sexual socialization."

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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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