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Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It Paperback – February 22, 2005
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informative, inspiring, and written with the experience
of someone who has been there. As a former bleeding heart
liberal who was involved in a number of social services
organizations, it became obvious to me that many well intentioned
programs become a self perpetuating industry allowing 'do
gooders' to play Lady Bountiful to people they obviously
consider too incompetent to run their own lives.
The rewards go to those who exhibit self destructive behavior.
The more self destructive the behavior the more programs
exist as if throwing enough money and time will cure three
generations of government dependence. Ms Parker spells it
out clearly and effectively. I recommend this book to anyone
who feels that our welfare programs are going to create
independent, self supporting citizens. Your eyes will be
But don't take my word for it. Just ask Star Parker, president and founder of the Coalition of Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) and self-proclaimed "former welfare queen." Picking up where she left off in her blisteringly honest memoir Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats (Pocket Star, 1997), Parker takes big government to task in Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It (WND Books). If there is anyone who knows first hand the degradation and moral bankruptcy that comes with perennial dependence on "Uncle Sam," it's Ms. Parker - she lived it.
The author lays out her own categorical definitions of poverty and recounts the hard lessons she learned as a welfare mother. In discussing how liberals have hijacked history and used the poor as pawns for political purposes, Parker describes the typical government safety net as simply a way of covering up the social pathologies associated with the bad choices of the underprivileged.
Arguably the most harmful effects of massive government intervention have been the breakdown of the family unit. This is especially true in the black community, where according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services roughly 70% of black children are born out of wedlock.Read more ›
A former "welfare queen" and current president and founder of the Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), Parker courageously analyzes Big Government's system of dependency. She encourages those living on handouts to break the chains of poverty and find purpose and meaning in their lives.
In a follow-up to her first book, Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats, where she handed down a stinging indictment against liberal politicians and the black leaders they exploit, Parker hits the mark once again in Uncle Sam's Plantation. "Uncle Sam has developed a sophisticated poverty plantation, operated by a federal government, overseen by bureaucrats, protected by the media elite, and financed by taxpayers."
The author knows of what she speaks. Parker lived a reckless life; she was promiscuous, had four abortions, smoked pot and burglarized people's homes. One day while looking for "under the table" cash to supplement her welfare check, she was given a Bible instead. She was told that her lifestyle was unacceptable to God.
Three years later, still on welfare, the pastor at her church preached to no one in particular, "What are you doing living on welfare?" At that moment, Parker says, she knew he was talking to her and felt a sense of personal responsibility for the choices she'd made.Read more ›
Welfare is no life at all. You always have somebody breathing down your neck, in your business because they feel they have a right to be, and controlling what you do, what you have and what you get. I have been off of welfare for a number of years now and I'm very happy about it. I applaud Miss Parker for telling her story, and telling it truthfully and honestly. Welfare--and any government handout that enslaves a person--is not the answer for any people. It is only supposed to be a temporary means of assistance until a person can get back on their feet, regroup, and get back to being independent and self-sufficient again.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This lady is truly a star. She tells it like it is. Fantastic !Published 3 months ago by EDWARD ABBEY
Great info. Shows true agenda of Democratic Party and the Republicians aren't far behind.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very eye-opening and enlightening book if you are interested in how "The Great Society" programs initiated in the 1960's have had a more harmful than helpful effect on the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Capricorn One
Star Parker's book gave me a better view of how anyone can become a victim of government giveaways .Published 6 months ago by Bob G.
Star Parker examines poverty, especially among the blacks; relates how various anti-poverty programs fail; and outlines a different strategy for solving the problem of poverty. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Frederick A. Costello
READ THIS BOOK. Limousine liberals hate her but they haven't been where she comes from. they lie about their tar-paper shack upbringing but this woman of character has been... Read morePublished 11 months ago by revwayne