Category: Adult Non-Fiction
Format: Soft-Cover, 248 pages
Skomomma's Rating: 3 out of 5
Uncle Sam's Plantation seeks to show the reader how the government has actually created a system that basically leaves the poor worse rather than better off. For the most part I agree with Parker's analysis. Welfare programs are fraught with corruption and leave people completely dependent on the government. The book gives a detailed history of how welfare started and how it's evolved over the years.
Parker details her experience growing up in poverty and her experience with welfare beginning in the late 1970s. She eventually escaped the cycle and is founder and president of CURE.
I think the summary in the final chapter is extremely well-written and poignant. Parker states that freedom from government in areas such as health-care and education are needed and that self-government should be encouraged in order to improve fiscal responsibility and the institution of family.
The only thing I didn't like about the book is that some of the statistics are old - mid-90s or so, at least towards the beginning of the book. Maybe it is because this is a reprint from 2003. The last couple of chapters are more specific to 2010.
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