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A conservative's approach to changing the inner city

Uploaded: Feb 13, 2018
Star Parker lived the welfare life as a black single woman for seven years.

Then, after four abortions, she reached a turning point. Pregnant by one man, living with another guy, she decided she was done with abortions. She applied for a job but was told she would not be hired because of her lifestyle (this was a few decades ago, she’s now 61 and a grandmother).

The courage of those employers, who told her the lifestyle was not acceptable to God, launched her on a new course. She discovered Jesus and committed her life to him and got a job and then launched her business.

The Watts riots of 1992 wiped out her business and moved her into political advocacy as a talk show host (great backstory on that one) as well as prominence nationally. She served as a key consultant in the welfare reform worked out between the Congress led by Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton in 1996.

That led her to form her think tank, the Center for Urban Renewal and Reform. It’s based in Washington, D.C., a couple of blocks from the White House.

In two talks in the Danville area last week, she laid out both the issues and the opportunities in the “distressed zip codes” where poverty reigns. She attributes that to the collapse of ethics and marriage—the result of the Left’s attack in the 1970s. The result is that babies are three times more likely to be born out of wedlock; there’s no intact family with moms and dads thus a lack of tradition; there’s lack of education that leads to a lack of work ethic; that leads to a lack of vision.

The Bible says without vision people will perish.
Star says that’s what is happening in black communities that have become “Uncle Sam’s poverty plantations.”

She describes herself as a living witness to the inconsistency of the war on poverty with God’s scripture. She also points out that the government is so “efficient” that about 20 cents on the dollar of the $900 billion spent annually actually benefits the people it’s targeted for.

Star, like other conservative commentators such as Jason Riley of Wall Street Journal and Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institute at Stanford) understand and speak out about the abject failure of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and the Great Society coupled with The Left’s war on marriage and faith that launched in the 1970s.

Marriage has collapsed. In the 1970s, 75 percent of people were married, today it’s 45 percent. For Blacks, it’s worse—a drop from 70 percent to 30 percent.

Abortion kills 685,000 black babies a year in this time in history—a total of about 68 million since the Supreme Court decisions of Roe vs. Wade.

$24 trillion has been spent in the war on poverty since Johnson and Congress launched this lunacy and the percentage of people living in poverty remains mired between 22-25 percent.

Her solution is to get the federal government out of many areas of life it never belonged, such as welfare, housing and education. She strongly advocates parental choice in education so poor kids can escape from failing schools. Sadly, 39 states block school choice. Parker would replace federal programs with block grants to the states arguing that the Washington D.C. one-size fits all approach is broken from the beginning.

Remember, Obamacare’s insurance guidelines mandate that birth control and pregnancy coverage for all women regardless of their age.

When asked what she would say if she had five minutes with President Trump, she said she would encourage him to personalize Social Security, so it was owned by the individual like a retirement account. She pointed out that blacks’ net worth is on average 10 percent of that of whites and 19 percent of black families have no net worth.

Personalizing it creates immediate equity and, over time, will create wealth.

“It’s about freedom and ownership,” she said. “We need to build a new model to make the existing model obsolete.”

In addition to policy lobbying in Washington D.C., Urban Cure also has an outreach to pastors working in the distressed zip codes.


Posted by Tom T, a resident of Danville,
on Feb 13, 2018 at 1:24 pm

There was a certain episode of Murphy Brown where the idea that two parents being best situation was somehow discarded and in fact attacked by one party in particular.
There is much that should be discussed about race but in these PC times the only acceptable discussion is white privilege. The klan has done less harm than black leaders the past 30 years to black people but a rational debate on this is not allowed. The net net is if you are going to live your life blaming others for your problems you will lose.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Feb 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm

I'm not particularly concerned that some Americans choose not to marry while others have lavish affairs and invite their friends and family.

I am concerned that so many people ignore rape and sexual violence against children and vulnerable adults by trusted individuals/clergy, male and female. I am concerned that so many American's are under the influence of alcohol/drugs when they drive and kill so many innocent and responsible individuals.

If the draft is reinstated, then ALL citizens, male and female, between the ages of 18-55 be drafted and serve their country.

Any individual that harms any animal should be court ordered to do volunteer work in their communities for 500 hrs.

Trade schools should be established for individuals to give them marketable skills.

All children and adults have equal access to educational opportunities for free. All schools, private and public should be integrated.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Feb 14, 2018 at 1:16 pm

May I politely suggest that everyone consider Saul Alinsky: Web Link

He was my kinda guy! VIVA!

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge,
on Feb 16, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Thanks Tim for providing a fair article about conservative ideas. One lesson we should all learn from history is that government cannot be trusted. So, if there HAS to be government intervention, let's make sure it's as local as possible. When you might actually know the politicians and bureaucrats personally, they might be less willing to lie, cheat or steal.

After over 200 years of lessons, why do we continue to trust our government and willingly hand them our freedom?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge,
on Feb 16, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Cholo - It might be difficult to find teachers willing to provide a free education.

Unless, by free, you mean that we should pool our money as taxes, and make universities, community colleges and the rest beg for funding. Then, once they satisfy all of the governmental demands, and promise not to do or say anything the government deems offensive, they might get some funding.

Of course, the alma mater of each Congressman will get first dibs at the money, so those institutions will have the best professors. Politicians will also be also to get their kids and their friends into those schools. Plus, any voting block that a politician needs for reelection will also easily get into those schools.

The rest of us will be relegated to the "free" mediocre or downright garbage schools that are left over.

Of course, this would be wonderful...for the politicians and their friends in higher education. Graft, corruption, laziness, greed, and a steady decline in freedom of speech is exactly what we need in higher education.

Posted by America is Free!, a resident of Castlewood,
on Feb 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm

“Personalize social security" that is what you ask Trump if you had 5 minutes with him? She lost me there. That is her best idea? Come on Tim, you are a follower of Christ, stop blaming each other - left and right, liberal and conservative. You are bigger and smarter than that.

Posted by Tired of conservative hypocrites, a resident of Canyon Oaks,
on Feb 16, 2018 at 9:17 pm

Tim and Star are conservatives who are against abortion. But they support gun laws that allow Nicklaus Cruz to buy semi-automatic gun at the age of 19 to shoot and kill 17 innocent kids. Nicklaus cannot buy beer legally at the age of 19 but he can buy guns legally.

You call yourselves Christ followers and proud of it? You are the same if not worse than the Pharisees that killed Jesus.

Posted by Time's Up Tim, a resident of Downtown,
on Feb 19, 2018 at 6:15 pm

I feel like I have been listening to blowhards like you my entire life. If you want to be conservative, go for it, but don't go cramming that Jesus is the only way crap down everyone else's throats. How can you tell Star's story without the story of racist attitudes and policies? You really, like really, think that black people are just making bad choices en mass? Dude, you literally live in the house you were born in. You inherited extremely valuable real estate. You did nothing to earn it, were simply born in the right place. Jesus had nothing to do with it at all.

I am happy that this woman found a way out of the horrible life that she had but please do not act like if every back person found God the blight of the inner city would be improved dramatically. It's not about choices it is about policies and practices that keeps people of color oppressed. Inner cities became inner cities because of redlining. And redlining handed your "born in the right place" self a suburb that was automatically of high worth since the practice made the presence of black faces devalue a neighborhood. Redlining may or may not be as rampant now but, Tim how often do you get pulled over driving around Pleasanton? Not as often as I do, I suspect. And, for the record, I have never broken the law. Seems like I just have that kinda face. The dark kind.

Please stop lecturing all of us on how to live and be like you. If my family decides that an abortion is needed, that is our legal right. You can't sit there and say you are about school choice then tell a woman she does not have the right to choose. And every piece of scientific evidence shows us that access to birth control decreases abortions and unwanted pregnancy. Maybe the silver lining with unwanted pregnancy is that then the women have to depend on men like you. Is that what you are scared of? Independent women, who don't need you? I know that this new world has to be hard for the Tim's of the world, those of you who were born white and male and been told your whole lives you are right and all-knowing just because you exist.

Your time is up. The young generation is rising up and they are wise beyond their years. You all can just stick to yourselves and reminisce about the "good old days", which, if you took any time to actually think about it were only good for white men. My black parents and the women of that time don't view those days quite the same as you do.

Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Feb 20, 2018 at 8:23 am

DKHSK is a registered user.

Time's up Tim,

"How can you tell Star's story without the story of racist attitudes and policies?"

Yes, yes...YOU please tell us the Democrats history of racism. From starting the KKK, to Jim Crow laws, to current day policies in 100's of DEMOCRAT-controlled cities such as Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland...etc? Blaming Christians and/or Republicans for the current state of the Black community rejects the past and, let's face it, is a deflection from the truth that Star speaks.

"It's not about choices it is about policies and practices that keeps people of color oppressed"

Ok I'll bite, what current policies exist that prove this theory? Be specific.

"Inner cities became inner cities because of redlining."

Ok, we're getting warmer to an answer to my previous question, but then you go on to say "Redlining may or may not be as rampant now but..."

So what is it, does redlining still exist or not? Because I'm pretty sure this policy does not exist any longer, but I'll let you expand.

I look forward to discussing this further, along with your views of what Tim actually wrote about, which was about the views of Star Parker.

Care to tell us what you think about what SHE says?

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