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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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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.39" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Feb 22, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595550151 ISBN13 9781595550156 UPC 020049140147
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More About Star Parker
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 becoming a Christian, she returned to college, earned her degree, and launched an urban Christian magazine. Now, she is a frequent lecturer, 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. His Hometown is Los Angeles, California.
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Are these reviews for real? Here's a clue. Feb 12, 2006
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The truth will make you free Nov 24, 2005
Yes, I have read this book and am recommending it to all on both sides of the debate. In fact this is my Christmas list for 2005. Ms. Paker left no stone unturned and didn't let anyone off the hook. This book doesn't blame folks, it corrects them. It's about turning a bad pass into a bright future, about less government and more faith. This book calls it like it is, it names names and places shame where it belongs, on the greatest slave masters Uncle Sam and his little mouth pieces who call themselves activist. Read this book and learn the truth about affrimative action, multiculturalism, the faith base initiative, school choice, the importance of the family unit, social security, the Supreme Court, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and anything else that you may thing of that makes up the life of the poor. There is hope for the poor and this book is a great start for answers. Copies of this book should be in every community center and school (fat chance). I'm proud to be African-America and of a conservative mind set. Thanks Ms. Parker you're a real "Star".
Solid examination of race and poverty issues Sep 28, 2005
Star Parker is an outspoken advocate of individual freedom. She knows that government poverty programs are oppressive because she was one of the oppressed. I would have liked to have learned more about her story and her Christian witness. But this book should be eye-opening for anyone who believes government is the answer to poverty.
A True Eyeopener Sep 28, 2005
Thank God that someone is able to stand up in this nation and address the problems that are facing African American people. It is a shame that AA people cannot face the truth about their plights. I too was once a welfare mother. I did not abuse or misuse the welfare system but I did find that I was growing lazy after a period of time. Most of my problem was a lack of confidence and a personal embarassment to have to receive a hand-out (even temporarily) from the government, especially when I knew I was a working person. But bad things do happen to good people--even loss of employment. The one thing I did discover though, was that I didn't have to keep receiving a government handout. When I realized what my situation was doing to my daughter--and with the help of the Lord--I pulled myself up and out. I took advantage of the many services that were offered to me to help me regain my self-esteem, my confidence, and my since of self-worth as a person, and went back to work (these are "some" of the things that being on welfare will help to strip you of). I was so very glad when welfare was no longer a part of my life.
Welfare is no life at all. You always have somebody breathing down your neck, in your business because they feel they have a right to be, and controlling what you do, what you have and what you get. I have been off of welfare for a number of years now and I'm very happy about it. I applaud Miss Parker for telling her story, and telling it truthfully and honestly. Welfare--and any government handout that enslaves a person--is not the answer for any people. It is only supposed to be a temporary means of assistance until a person can get back on their feet, regroup, and get back to being independent and self-sufficient again. There is absolutely no advancement of life, no change of life, no improving the qualilty of one's life, on welfare. I truly believe it was never designed to be.
To all the liberals (especially some Democrats) who believe big government and government handouts is the answer to help impoverished, disenfranchised people, my word to you is you are wrong, dead wrong. All you want to do is keep yourselves in the spotlight as the "poor people's self-proclaimed saviors" when all you're doing is keeping poor people poor and enslaved. You are promoters and proponents of poverty, hatred and racism. Why? Because it brings you fame and the people look up to you all as some sort of god. Many of you are nothing more than pimps, as Miss Parker's first book states ("Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats"), and glorified opportunists. You act as if you've come to help when you've really come to get media coverage and fame for your own selfish agendas, at the expense of a very needy, less-fortunate group of people. May God have mercy on your souls.
Thank you, Miss Parker, for your candor and truth. Keep speaking out to a people who need to hear what you have to say. Hopefully, enough will hear and heed, and seek to make the necessary changes in their lives--for themselves and their children. I pray for the cycle of poverty and welfare to be broken off the people of this nation--especially African American people.
A Book Black America Needs To Read Sep 9, 2005
Star Parker opens the door to subjects we, Americans of African descent, need to critically consider. Why are we still debating issues that the Liberals have promised they would fix - for years. Why are out-of-wedlock births epidemic in the communities of color? When did being conservative mean you had to abandon intellectual honesty for liberalism? Why do we have these media appointed "black leaders" that have no connection to our daily lives? Why does the title "Reverend" have the power to cloud the minds of black folk and bestow upon them omnipresent knowledge?
I have needed to read this book for a long, long time. For all us, Americans of African descent, take heart someone speaks the truth if you would just consider.