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5.0 out of 5 stars The Star Continues to Shine the Light on Welfare, January 2, 2004
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This review is from: Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It (Hardcover)
Star Parker's recent book "Uncle Sam's Plantation..." is
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
Lisa N
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Initial post: Jul 29, 2010, 12:39:29 PM PDT
Jack Puglis says:
Lisa N: Great review. A bit beside the point, I was intrigued by your words beginning with "As a former bleeding heart liberal...." I am conservative and I've observed some liberals who describe themselves as having "seen the light" switching to conservatism. They are some of the most dedicated conservatives that I know. You have my respect.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010, 10:24:17 AM PDT
GodKid says:
Which social service programs do you refer to? I work for a nonprofit (mostly out of vanity, like the 'do gooders' you speak of), and my job is to place children from abusive and negligent households into foster care. I do get concerned, sometimes, that all I'm instilling in these children (mostly 3-5 years old) is the idea that someone will be there to protect you from your parents when they decide to beat the crap out of you for no good reason. It's morally conflicting work, but the government keeps throwing about $1500 a month my way, so I don't ask any questions.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2010, 12:09:40 PM PDT
Jack Puglis says:
Even though I'm presuming that your post was intended for Lisa N, I'd just like to point out, GodKid, that there are many flavors of social services, many or most of which do good. Here in New Jersey, the Department of Youth and Family Social Services (DYFSS, pronounced die-fuss), a woefully understaffed organization, works to prevent many children from being abused. It sounds similar to what you do, and I applaud you for it.

However, the welfare system in the United States has turned out to be a vicious engine of destruction. Rather than improving people's lives, it has diverted massive amounts of the wealth of some people to supporting tens of millions of others, most of whom are able-bodied.

Starting with Lyndon Johnson and his "Great Society" during the 1960's, welfare has proven to incentivize people not to work. Consider this: one description of economics is the science of incentives. In this regard, each person will seek to maximize his own rewards in any given situation. Accepting welfare is a near-addiction.

Unfortunately, when you can devote adequate resources to take an entire segment of society out of the work force as our welfare system has done, a welfare culture grows up as time passes, and it is a sociological nightmare.

People become dependent upon the government for their livelihoods. They come to a point where they can no longer support themselves because they have no skills and no incentive that they can discern for acquiring any. They become dependent on government support: the government pays them to be enslaved.

It has been nearly 60 years-three generations-since Johnson's massive welfare programs began, Over time, morals have broken down within the welfare society. Many in the latest generation has never known anything but government support and cannot conceive of another way of life.

In this culture of dependency, people found no need for common courtesies, and as time has passed. The enslaved have now forgotten the "social lubricants." A lawless culture has grow up. Mothers often have several children by different men and fathers often sire several children by different women. Drug use, alcoholism and violence have become rampant.

You may have heard the sentiment expressed that welfare has destroyed the black family. This is why and how the government managed to do so. Can you conceive of the human misery that these actions have caused?

Many sociological studies have demonstrated that these things are the case. Researching these studies is not difficult. Since the intelligent people in the government clearly understand that they have created a wholly dependent, albeit virtually lawless society, and that they have removed an entire segment of the population from the workforce, what can possibly be their justification for this destructive and senseless failure?

The answer is more awful than most people are aware of and it is purely vicious. The radically liberal left recognizes that they have created a group of enslaved people who will keep them in power to keep their government checks coming. They bribe people to be Democrats. With the help of the mainstream media, the radical left perpetuates the outright lie of helping them as a means to keep themselves in power.

The ghastly reality is that the liberals in government willfully destroy people's lives for political gain. They are criminals.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2010, 1:53:06 PM PST
MacGregor says:
To paraphrase Franklin - The best way to aid the disadvantaged is to make them uncomfortable in their poverty.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012, 7:50:42 AM PDT
I appreciate all these comments and have a lot of respect and admiration for people who work with those that are poor and disadvantaged.
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