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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.

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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.


Blogger Norma said...

As I recall Welfare originally was designed to keep women at home raising their children and started as a program for the "worthy poor."

Many private charitable organizations also receive gov't funding to support their programs--like the food pantry where I volunteer distributes food surpluses (gov't welfare for farmers). Highways are welfare for the middleclass. So are libraries. Where would you draw the line in cutting welfare?

Tue Apr 25, 07:19:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Oyarsa said...

First, I would have it totally eliminated from the federal level. Constitutionally, (can you tell I don't believe in a "living" constitution?) welfare is not the business of the feds. Each state should decide how many of its welfare programs it wants to keep going. Because they no longer would have Federal money, the number of state programs would be considerably less.

So, you'd have private entities moving in to take care of the needs that the government once did. Why? There'd be a market for their services now, and there'd be a higher satisfaction rate.

Will this happen? Unlikely; we're too used as a society to drinking from the government teat to want to stop milk production.

Tue Apr 25, 08:14:00 PM 2006  

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