Back on Uncle Sam's plantation

Carl Spitzer WinBlows at LAVABIT.COM
Sat Jun 27 14:16:01 MDT 2009


 

Back  on Uncle Sam's plantation 
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 mind
sets 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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