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 my opinion, nothing beats the voice of experience. I went for this particular book because I knew I would be hearing from the, “Been there, done that,” quarter. Star Parker grew up in an environment where you worked for what you wanted. As a teenager, however, she rebelled and, in the course of that rebellion, found it was remarkably easy to get government money. She would never have to work a regular job for legal money ever again if she chose. Parker learned to obtain food stamps, free housing, and healthcare for relatively little. During this time, she also had not one, but four abortions. Parker’s turnaround came when she met two black businessmen. She initially thought they were crazy, but when she had to go into hospital several months later one of them was her only visitor.
In this book, Parker details her life and goes into detail on why she thinks the government has screwed up in its attempts to help people. She talks freely of the notion of liberal guilt over slavery, and explains why she doesn’t accept it. In her opinion, black people have merely swapped the southern plantation owner for the government as their ‘massa.’ I’ll be honest; at times I found this book a little overwhelming. Parker cites a lot of statistics and papers, and I got more out of the personal stories. Above all, however, I learned that one person can dramatically improve their circumstances, with little or no government help.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
As always, I received this book from Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program in return for an honest review.