Star Parker

A wonderful book was published several years ago called "Getting Rich in America." Written by Dwight R. Lee, a professor from the College of Business at the University of Georgia, and Richard B. McKenzie, a professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of California, this is no "how to get rich quick" manual. The book discusses the results of research of the behavior of successful Americans. According to the authors, anyone following their rules for success is virtually certain to get wealthy in our country.

What are the rules? Think of America as the Land of Choices. Be optimistic about the possibilities Take the power of compound interest seriously _ then save. Resist temptation. Take control of your life. Get a good education. Get married and stay married. Take care of yourself. Take responsibility for your mind and body. Take prudent risks. Strive for balance. Recognize traditional virtues like honesty and commitment.

According to the authors, every American who follows these rules will become wealthy over the course of their life, regardless of the circumstances of their birth.

Blacks should take note of this on Election Day because these rules read like the Republican Party platform. Personal responsibility, private Social Security accounts, health-care savings accounts, school choice, traditional values and marriage.

It's time for blacks to be more concerned with what is going on in their own house than having a Democrat in the White House.

By the way, the richest American, multibillionaire Bill Gates of Microsoft, at 5-feet-10 inches, is an inch taller than the national average for males.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.