Star Parker.................

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Tue Feb 10 13:44:17 MST 2009


Back on Uncle Sam's plantation
Star Parker - Syndicated Columnist - 2/9/2009 8:00:00 
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Star Parker
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.

I had the privilege of working on welfare reform in 1996, passed by a 
Republican Congress and signed 50 percent.

I thought we were on the road to moving socialism out of our poor black 
communities and replacing it with wealth-producing American capitalism.

But, incredibly, we are going in the opposite direction.

Instead of poor America on socialism becoming more like rich American on 
capitalism, rich America on capitalism is becoming like poor America on 
socialism.

Uncle Sam has welcomed our banks onto the plantation and they have said, 
"Thank you, Suh."

Now, instead of thinking about what creative things need to be done to 
serve customers, they are thinking about what they have to tell Massah in 
order to get their cash.

There is some kind of irony that this is all happening under our first 
black president on the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.

Worse, socialism seems to be the element of our new young president. And 
maybe even more troubling, our corporate executives seem happy to move onto 
the plantation.

In an op-ed on the opinion page of the Washington Post, Mr. Obama is clear 
that the goal of his trillion dollar spending plan is much more than short 
term economic stimulus.

"This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending -- it's a 
strategy for America's long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as 
renewable energy, healthcare, and education."

Perhaps more incredibly, Obama seems to think that government taking over 
an economy is a new idea. Or that massive growth in government can take 
place "with unprecedented transparency and accountability."

Yes, sir, we heard it from Jimmy Carter when he created the Department of 
Energy, the Synfuels Corporation, and the Department of Education.

Or how about the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 -- The War on Poverty -- 
which President Johnson said "...does not merely expand old programs or 
improve what is already being done. It charts a new course. It strikes at 
the causes, not just the consequences of poverty."

Trillions of dollars later, black poverty is the same. But black families 
are not, with triple the incidence of single-parent homes and 
out-of-wedlock births.

It's not complicated. Americans can accept Barack Obama's invitation to 
move onto the plantation. Or they can choose personal responsibility and 
freedom.

Does anyone really need to think about what the choice should be?
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