Star Parker

We must understand why welfare reform worked. It trashed the great lie that government planning and programs can solve human problems. And it brought clearly to light the truth that when personal responsibility is restored, and life's realities are brought back into focus, people, all people, know what to do and become productive and creative.

Liberals could not imagine that the lives of the poor could improve by getting rid of government and they couldn't have been more wrong.

Someone recently e-mailed me the following wonderful quote from Rabbi Daniel Lapin, head of an organization called Toward Tradition:

"Politics is nothing more than the practical application of our most deeply held beliefs."

The deeply held belief of the left, that government can solve the problems of the poor, destroyed black families and black communities.

The deeply held beliefs of conservatives -- faith, traditional values, work, and personal responsibility -- is restoring these families and communities.

The left may talk today about courting values voters. But big government values voters is an oxymoron.

The country now is at a real crossroads and we're going to have to wake up if we care about our children. The failures of the welfare state and social engineering go beyond poor black women.

Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post wrote this past week about the unsustainable entitlement burdens of Social Security and Medicare.

Taxes will have to go up, according to Samuelson, anywhere from 30-50 percent to meet the outstanding obligations of these entitlements. The chunk of the federal budget that they will consume will increase from 40 percent, to 75 percent in 2030.

Yet every Democrat today is talking about new government poverty programs, new entitlements, and socialized medicine.

Can voters next year possibly buy into this denial of reality and delusional retreat into the failures of the past?

If you are a values voter, I hope you'll join me in prayer that it doesn't happen.

The future of a great country is at stake.

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.