Uncle Sam's Plantation: How the Welfare Bureaucracy Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It

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America has two economic systems: capitalism for the rich and socialism for the poor. This double-minded approach seems to keep the poor enslaved to poverty while the rich get richer. Let's face it, despite its $400 billion price tag, welfare isn't working.

The solution, asserts Star Parker, is a faith-based, not state-sponsored, plan. In Uncle Sam's Plantation, she offers five simple yet profound steps that will allow the nation's poor to go from entitlement and slavery to ...

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Overview

America has two economic systems: capitalism for the rich and socialism for the poor. This double-minded approach seems to keep the poor enslaved to poverty while the rich get richer. Let's face it, despite its $400 billion price tag, welfare isn't working.

The solution, asserts Star Parker, is a faith-based, not state-sponsored, plan. In Uncle Sam's Plantation, she offers five simple yet profound steps that will allow the nation's poor to go from entitlement and slavery to empowerment and freedom. Parker shares her own amazing journey up from the lower rungs of the economic system and addresses the importance of extending the free market system to this neglected group of people. Emphasizing personal initiative, faith, and responsibility, she walks readers toward releasing the hold poverty has over their lives.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780785262190
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005

    I Trust the Judgment of One Who Has Been There

    I've always been disturbed by the fact that unwed mothers on welfare have to prove that they aren't married, don't have a job, and aren't going to school in order to get their money--three things that statistically are most likely to propel them OUT of poverty! But I never knew what alternative there was. That's the beauty of Star Parker's argument. Ms. Parker offers REAL solutions to poverty. As a former welfare 'lifer,' she clearly describes why people are on welfare and how to distinguish between those who just don't want to work and those worthy of assistance. Be prepared for some bold writing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2004

    Good First Hand Account Of The System!!

    A very bold and clear description of the welfare state and its downfalls. Star uses personal experience combined with research, to provide several solutions to the distressed state. Great read, especially if your fed up with the system today!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    An outstanding exposure of the welfare system

    This is one of the most damning summaries of the entire welfare state and how it keeps people in an apparently eternal cycle of poverty, dependence on 'Ole Massa' who is now mostly black, completely liberal and entirely powerful over his or her 'new serfs.' It skewers all the liberal poverty pimps with an overwhelming dose of logic about what went wrong with a system that was supposed to free those under it's care. It turns out that throwing money at a problem doesn't solve it and the solution isn't to throw MORE money either. She gives her own experiences as an example of how welfare serfs are made and then tells how she raised herself out of the mire to become prideful and independent by her own actions. Her solutions to the problem will give most liberals an entirely deserved case of heartburn, but they are valid answers to what we do to get out of this mess. A great read and a wonderfully organized book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    great book

    As a physician who can look from the outside and see the every day pain of those caught in the wellfare trap, I must agree with the concepts presented in this book. Actually it is worse in many respects and seems to be built on a formula that ensures the election of officials as they promise even more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004

    It pertains to ALL of us.

    Star does and excellent job of describing the poor in terms we can all relate to. Most of us were there at sometime in our lives and it's very easy to see the roads we took to get past the poor's life. She writes and excellent book and offers some very good ways to help.

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