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Star Parker: The problem is liberalism, not racism
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Star Parker wrote this:

When Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif,

went off on Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, for his remarks that “we have got a tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work,” the wrong part about what she had to say got all the attention.

The big buzz that Congressional Black Caucus member Lee generated was her accusation that Ryan’s remarks were a “thinly veiled racial attack.”

But her remarks I found most interesting was “...

Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America.”

Paul Ryan has been one of the most creative and courageous policy thinkers in Washington in recent years.

Ryan sat down with me for an interview shortly before he ran for Vice President in 2012.

His thoughtfulness and compassion came through loud and clear and he zeroed in on the core of a problem I have been talking and writing about for more than 20 years — government programs that not only do not solve problems but make problems worse.

I stepped into this whole business of public policy from my own experience with welfare.

I saw that the welfare program, which operated in this country from the 1960’s until it was reformed in 1996, that required women to not work, not save and not get married in order to qualify for their welfare checks was a most efficient mechanism to destroy family and perpetuate poverty.

So it should come as no surprise that single parent black households tripled as a percentage of all black households from the 1960’s to today.

Where Barbara Lee is right is that this is not about race. What it is about is liberalism.

The racial aspect comes into play in that black political leaders, like Congresswoman Lee, embrace liberalism, progressivism, welfare statism — whatever you want to call it — that has failed and caused untold damage in the communities they claim to want to help. And they refuse to learn. Their answer to every problem, despite prior experience, is more government, more taxpayer’s dollars.

When real reformers like Paul Ryan come along, they get branded racist.

I have pointed out that the 41-member Congressional Black Caucus were uniformly Democrats, had a 100 percent reelection rates, and the average poverty rate in these Congressional Black Caucus districts was 20.3 percent and the average child poverty rate 28.8 percent — both well above national averages.

Again, the point is that black politicians, like Congresswoman Barbara Lee, overwhelmingly are liberals.

And they remain liberals, despite a long and consistent track record of failure.

When welfare was reformed, liberals like Barbara Lee fought it.

It is pure self-absorption for any interest group to think it is all about them.

America is in real trouble today and we’re all in this together.

Ms. Lee talks about “code words.”

Her code word is “racist,” which means someone like Paul Ryan, who wants to make Americans of all backgrounds better off by giving them more freedom, more choice, more responsibility and less government.


Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.


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timeontarget commented on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 06:06 AM

Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides national dialogue on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods, and public policy.

Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California. After receiving Christ, Star returned to college, received a BS degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine.

The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, yet served as a springboard for her focus on faith-based and free market alternatives to empower the lives of the poor.

As a social policy consultant, Star Parker gives regular testimony before the US Congress, and is a national expert on major television and radio shows across the country.

Currently, Star is a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News.

She debated Jesse Jackson on BET;

fought for school choice on Larry King Live;

and defended welfare reform on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Nationwide, Star shares her story and policy suggestions through college and church lectures, community outreaches, and empowerment conferences for inner city pastors.

She has hosted radio talk shows in Christian and secular markets, and currently is a regular guest editorialist for USA Today.

Major accomplishments include speaking at the 1996 Republican National Convention and co-producing a documentary on welfare reform with the BBC in London Star Parker's personal transformation from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC's 20/20; Rush Limbaugh; Readers Digest; Dr. James Dobson; The 700 Club; Dr. George Grant; the Washington Times; Christianity Today; Charisma, and World Magazine.

Articles and quotes by Star have appeared in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. Her autobiography "Pimps, Whores & Welfare Brats" was released in 1997 by Pocket Books and her new book, "Uncle Sam's Plantation" is released by Thomas Nelson in the fall of 2003.

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 15:32 PM

Another day...another cut and paste.

Are you capable of independent thought?

Sheran commented on Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 at 23:26 PM

I have to agree with Jimmy on the copy and paste. It gets old quick!

timeontarget commented on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 05:53 AM

I have pointed out that the 41-member Congressional Black Caucus were uniformly Democrats, had a 100 percent reelection rates, and the average poverty rate in these Congressional Black Caucus districts was 20.3 percent and the average child poverty rate 28.8 percent — both well above national averages.

The point of Parker's column is that liberalism has put many of our poor and not so well to do into a world of perpetual poverty.

Liberalism has weakened this country in many ways.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 21:15 PM

@Tot. You need to be medicated. Daily.
With a HEAVY psychotropic.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 12:36 PM

"Liberalism has weakened this country in many ways."

Yes it has.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 07:24 AM

And it continues to do so.


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