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

Welfare Programs

"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." P.72

"Would FDR have made some changes to his legislative agenda if he had know that in a few short decades all authority, institutions, and absolutes would be questions; that word would be out that some of America's founders owned slaves [thereby] liberals would conclude that their flawed nature disqualified their concepts of self-government,; and worse of all, that human nature would arrogantly be labeled an engineering problem that could be fixed by forcing equality and conformity?" p. 75


"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