I haven’t always enjoyed reading Star Parker’s columns. Even though she’s a card carrying Republican, she sometimes seems a bit too liberal for me. But overall, Ms. Parker is outspoken on the issues of welfare, personal responsibility, and her distrust of the current Federal administration.
In a recent column, entitled “Obama Agenda Promotes Unfairness,” she rips into the president not only for the content of the speech he recently gave, but also for the tone of that speech. First of all, he chose to speak to his audience on the subject of the fairness or the unfairness of America. The venue of the speech was an elementary school in a ghetto in WashingtonD.C., hardly a place where one would find an audience that would be at all neutral about the subject.
The income of the people who live in this part of the city is barely half of the average income of most Americans. Their hope for their own and their children’s future is virtually non-existent. Ms. Star said that the president shared with his audience the fact that a CEO makes 273 times more than the average worker. Why would he say that to these folks? She suggests that he wants them to understand that the reason so many of them are not getting along financially is because America is not fair.
Instead of providing leadership that inspires people to live up to their God given potential, his remarks reinforce the sense of helplessness, meaninglessness, and disenfranchisement. In other words, he reinforces their notions of victimization that already exist among them.
Ms. Parker points out that “in 2000, the United States was number 2 in the world as measured by the Economic Freedom of the World Index. By 2011 it dropped to number 19.” Perhaps this is partly why our economy is so sluggish and the recession that began in 2007 is still lingering like a winter cold. Liberals believe that the government is the solution, but time and time again, a careful reading of history indicates that countries that have robust freedoms with low taxes and few stifling business regulations fare better and recover from recessions better and more quickly than those that have more government interference and control.
She also points out that “kids in single-parent families are about five times more likely to be poor as children in married-couple families. Yet the share of children in single-parent families has been rising for decades.”
Liberal government policies have been contributing for decades to marriage breakdown. Obamacare now gives Americans a new reason not to get married. “Kaiser Health News reports that low-income earners, say one earning $30,000 and one earning $40,000 would each qualify for health insurance subsidies. But if they married, their combined [incomes of] $70,000 would disqualify them.”
She accuses the president of fostering the idea in the minds of these people that
Government can violate rather than protecting their freedoms. Her final sentence in this column is powerful. “And our leaders can start promoting policies consistent with rather than in violation of traditional biblical values, like marriage and personal responsibility, so that our citizens will be in good shape to take advantage of their freedom, if we can ever get it back from our government.”
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