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Back on Uncle Sam’s plantation

March 17, 2009

Star Parker – Syndicated Columnist

Six years ago I wrote a book called Uncle Sam’s Plantation. I wrote
the book to tell my own story of what I saw living inside the welfare
state and my own transformation out of it.

I said in that book that indeed there are two Americas — a poor
America on socialism and a wealthy America on capitalism.

I talked about government programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF), Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS),
Emergency Assistance to Needy Families with Children (EANF), Section 8
Housing, and Food Stamps.

A vast sea of perhaps well-intentioned government programs, all
initially set into motion in the 1960s, that were going to lift the
nation’s poor out of poverty.

A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the
government plantation. Those who accepted the invitation switched
mindsets from “How do I take care of myself?” to “What do I have to do
to stay on the plantation?”

Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism
created monstrous moral and spiritual problems — the kind of problems
that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their
lives over to others.

The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities,
dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families.

Through God’s grace, I found my way out. It was then that I understood
what freedom meant and how great this country is.

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  1. Ned @ Ivy Gates permalink
    March 19, 2009 2:12 PM


    You are right on. I saw this coming 20 years ago. I have always viewed the federal gov as a big plantation. The congress are the lords and lasies and the workers and poor are the slaves.

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