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Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It Hardcover – November 1, 2003
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About the Author
Star Parker is president and founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a nonprofit center that addresses the impact of social politics on America's inner cities and the poor. Prior to her social activism, Parker was a single welfare mother. After turning to Christ, she returned to college, earning her B.S. degree, and then launched an urban Christian magazine. Now, she is a frequent lecturer at colleges and churches, a social policy consultant and media commentator, and a regular guest on national television and radio programs across the country, including Larry King Live, 20/20, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Parker is also a syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service.
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Then I saw several of Ms. Parker's editorials in the newspaper and I realized that hers is a very different perspective than what the broader media would have you believe could come from a poor black woman.
I got her book on my Kindle. From the moment I started reading I was riveted as though it were a Stephen King thriller. Her unvarnished fact-telling of how the programs to "wage war on poverty" have effectively enslaved, denigrated, and destroyed the poor and particularly the blacks in this country by methodically destroying women and families is harshly revealing.
I know Ms. Parker isn't poor anymore. I also think it is so illustrative when you consider what she had to go through, the mindset change that led the way to lift her from self-pity, entitlement and poverty to a position of prominence and to a very comfortable lifestyle. She has earned what she has gotten and she deserves the praise of everyone for shining the light of truth on the trap that our welfare policies and system truly are.
Star Parker does a great job of exposing the ruse that the federal government has welfare recipients' best interest at heart. There have been almost fifty years of `The Great Society' which we taxpayers have given a chance to eradicate poverty. Those who still religiously push such policies under an altruistic banner of tiresome campaign promises have been solidly in power since 2006, REALLY clinching it by the White House in 2009. No hindrances for them.
Still no results, only higher unemployment today and more citizens getting food stamps and welfare than before. Star Parker could educate herself on the definite economic reasons WHY all this is true (and write accordingly); perhaps she has learned more about `Austrian Economic' theory since this book was put out. A little of it is sprinkled in the book, I'm glad to say, but there is more to tell.
In any case, God bless her! She also explains (in a way I never understood) the difference between DR. Martin Luther King's vision for the autonomy/ freedom of his race vs. the Statist commandeering of the same after his death. When the Statists jumped on the civil rights bandwagon and offered to use federal power to `equalize' all wrongs, it further enslaved many of Dr. King and Star Parker's good people - needlessly. She lays out a plan on what to do now, where to go now to experience personal power and freedom & leave behind the lethargy of welfare dependence.
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