Feb 6, 2007

National ID’s Soon To Be Required

I’m against this kind of national ID. The idea of a national ID first surfaced after 911 and was pushed as a national ID for immigrants I felt that the government would not resist the temptation to apply the system to all people in the United States. I guess I was right, damn.

The Real ID Act of 2005 passed totally under my radar till I came across this AP article by Leslie Miller:
States Challenge Nat'l Driver's License. According to Ms. Miller:

“A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states.”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

1) Establishing national standards for state-issued
driver's licenses and non-driver's identification cards;
2) Waiving laws that interfere with construction of physical barriers at the borders;
3) Updating and tightening the laws on application for asylum and deportation of aliens for
terrorist activity;
4) Introducing rules covering "delivery bonds" (rather like
bail bonds, but for aliens that have been released pending hearings);
5) Funding some reports and pilot projects related to border security; and
6) Changing visa limits for temporary workers, nurses, and Australians.

The article also says that numerous states have pending legislation against the Bill, once again another issue will end up in the courts.

I’ve said this before; I support a national workers ID number administered by the Social Security Administration. Every employer is required to have a Federal ID number before they may hire workers, this would be one for workers and a new number would be issued with every job change, this would do the same job while forcing compliance with the least amount of trouble and cost while protecting our identities. Of course the government doesn’t want clean, simple and effective. There’s no gain in that.