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Oyarsa's Observances

This blog is created for my random thoughts and opinions. Conflicting opinions are always welcome, but comments or remarks left in a disrespectful or distasteful manner (to be determined by myself) will be either ignored or deleted. This blog has a zero-tolerance policy for spammers. Don't waste your time, spammers, go elsewhere.


"Oyarsa" for those who don't know, is the name of an archangel (or "god" with a little 'g') in C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy. I liked the character, so I stole the name. Who am I? I am a library science student in Illinois who has a variety of interests--too many to list! I have worked in libraries for five years and counting.

Are you a good person?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Best Tax Cartoons of 2006

This list is in no way to be considered objective.


tax day never day before election day

give us the milk, don't make us feed the cow

irs employee

angry taxpayer

funeral and federal bill

honest pay more

mosquito government

least satisfactory services

democrat and republican difference

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Welfare Fraud Link--Your tax dollars at work!

According to a Chicago Sun-Times article, welfare fraud not sends a portion of taxpayer money to buy drugs, but it may also fund terrorism.

My solution: kill the program. It's obviously not doing what it's intended to do, and it's unfair to the taxpayers and the families of the beneficiaries. Get the government out, and let private enterprises take care of providing services to the poor; they're not afraid to turn away people who want to take advantage of the system, while providing services to those who really need it.

If anything, the government excarbarates the problem. I was grabbing lunch at a McDonalds and happened to overhear two Black men in their early 20s or thereabouts speaking to eachother; one was ridiculing the other for working at McDonalds, saying that he'd "get more cash" if he applied for welfare". I didn't say anything, but the sentiment didn't surprise me. The more people get on welfare, the more people in the class line above welfare will no longer see a reason to work, which means the more the people that actually do work are forced to pay for those who won't. I truly hope the young man did not listen to the advice of his friend/acquaintance. I respect him for being willing to work.

Before anyone comments on compassion, consider this: your income taxes are not "donated" to the government; if you refused to pay them, the government would barge in your residence and force your compliance at the business end of a gun. You are not "donating" to the needy by paying an income tax. You are a victim of government mugging.

And I think that needs to stop. Before it gets any more out of hand.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Grad School Craziness

Once again, I've had to take a leave of absence from blogging; graduate school and work responsibilities have made me put many of my hobbies aside. Hopefully I will be able to update this more often in the near future, but very likely posting here will be sporadic until the end of the month.

Apologies in advance,