Review: Uncle Sam’s Plantation:How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About ItPosted: October 26th, 2010 | Author: C.R. Mooney | Filed under: Book Reviews, Political | 1 Comment »
Today’s political environment is quite polarized, so when I saw the title, “Uncle Sam’s Plantation,” I had to get a copy. I didn’t know anything about the author other than the blurb, so I wasn’t sure what side she taking. Was she was accusing the government of enslaving America’s poor, or did she feel she was a victim. I had to know. Star Parker surprised me. What I thought might be loose accusations and opinionated theories turned out to be her life experiences and a concise history of black America.
Parker lays a foundation by defining the different types of poverty, and the mentality of those making up the different classes. She moves on to her personal story of profiting from the welfare state, to making her way to personal and financial independence. Her change came when she realized she was owed nothing, and responsible for her actions and life.
The next several chapters are a treatise of eighty years of the government’s best intentions to help the lower class. Sometimes our best intentions are not the best policies, and many have had a reverse affect and enslaved entire generations to dependency on the government for the necessities of life.
Parker contends that the solution to the poor rising out of their poverty is not more legislation, but in the government returning freedoms to the people, and in the return of the core values of the traditional family.
I enjoyed Uncle Sam’s Plantation, and found it quite informative. It exposed me to parts of American history that I was not aware of, and to issues I chose to overlook. I agree with Parker in that the war on poverty cannot be won with more legislation and bailouts. There will always be poor among us, but we would be better served by empowering and giving incentives for them to be independent of handouts instead of encouraging it.
I recommend this book and will hold onto it for my kids to read. I would be interested in reading something of the opposing view though.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze for allowing me to blog-review this book free of charge.