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National ID Cards for American Citizens: Left of Center View

So the “Real ID Act” signed into law in 2005 is scheduled to go into effect this year. Wouldn’t it just have been a lot easier to just give Halliburton, Bechtel or whichever Cheney associated company is benefiting from this one a check? Do we really want to have to go through the mess this is going to cause. Don’t we already have federally issued identification that is used to travel into and out of the country? If for some reason the Passport system isn’t quite good enough, aren’t we better off fixing it than adding a whole new level of identification and security that will confuse everybody? Never mind that this latest Gestapo-like tactic is just the latest erosion of the “freedoms” our brave service people are dying overseas to protect the whole thing just doesn’t make sense.

There are two very big reasons that the Federal ID program is ridiculous, the first and most important of which is that it is a potentially devastating blow to the personal liberties we’ve come to know and love. Dick Cheney won’t be happy until he finally has the authority to follow you into the bathroom to ensure that you assume to proper patriotic position while conducting your business. This is America damn it! This is supposed to be a free country last time I checked. You should be able to ride your horse from sea to shining sea without ever once having to prove who you are. Are we going to become the USSR now? “Welcome to Idaho, now your papers. We must see your Papers!”

All totalitarian régimes restrict movement in the areas they control. It is one of their most effective tools to maintain both control and power. So while on the surface a standard, federally accepted form of identification my not see that intrusive, when you examine the track record of the people attempting to implement it, the opportunities for abuse and misuse are glaring. Do we really want to give up more of our freedoms to the guys who invaded Iraq because a handful of Saudi’s attacked us who were backed by people in Afghanistan? Think about it, the conflict in Iraq has already lasted longer than the campaigns against the Germans and Japanese in the 1940’s. This administration has proven that they can’t do anything in a timely manner. Why should we think this new program will be any more efficient than their previous plans? Imagine what would happen to the DMV lines.

Speaking of long lines, remember airport security in 2002. You had to wait for hours so they could remove the nail clippers and matches from your person, but knitting needles were just fine? Then there had to be a second overhaul of the whole system because many of the folks manning the security checkpoints weren’t just foreign nationals, they were in this country illegally and shouldn’t have been employed in the first place. And now the same people that ran that operation want to be put in charge of verifying the identity of every American, and all our guests. Yea, that will go smoothly…

The smaller government people are spending more money than ever, and they keep hiring their friends, family and in some cases even themselves. By rewarding their supporters with no-bid contracts they perpetuate the cycle of waste and incompetence. Hey nobody that works for a living is getting paid millions for bankrupting a company and then driving it further into debt by demanding that the severance package be paid in cash. There is already a federal department that provides American citizens with indisputable identification and for the most part it works pretty well. There isn’t a country in the world that questions the validity of the American passport. So instead of adding a brand new level of bureaucrats and the rules and regulations they so quickly spawn, it’s time to fix the old, already in place system. I mean you wouldn’t throw away your perfectly fine television just because there’s a bigger one for sale... Oh wait, I think I see the problem.


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National ID Cards for American Citizens: Right of Center View

The hallmark of a true conservative is the desire for smaller government, less taxation of the populace and preservation of the principles of the Constitution. True conservatives advocate states’ rights and less federal involvement in the daily lives of Americans. While true conservatives advocate traditional family values, they do not advocate government spying on its citizens unless there is just cause to do so. Some in Washington seem determined to redefine conservatism as the control over the majority of the populace by one ideological perspective held by the minority. A good example of the deterioration of true conservatism in Washington is the REAL ID Act.

The REAL ID Act requires states to all bring their driver’s licenses into compliance with one federal standard for security verification when boarding a plane, entering a federal building or entering a nuclear facility. While the goal of greater security is laudable the methodology for the implementation is classic big government spending without measurable results. The Department of Homeland Security has not been able to provide any proof of a measurable benefit to these new standards that they advocate and are mostly dismissive of the costs to the taxpayers and the states. By some accounts, even under the standards set for identification verification by the REAL ID Act, some of the 9/11 hijackers would still have been able to board the planes they hijacked and flew into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

When government spends our tax dollars, they need to be able to show a measurable benefit to the populace for those dollars being spent. Despite some of the alarmist claims, the new ID standards will not create a national ID card and there are no mandated RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tracking chips or biometrics being required for the new ID’s. The use of RFID and biometrics is not discouraged but is also not required under the provisions of the law. While these standards do not as of yet constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy, there is no credible evidence that their implementation will notably improve national security. Travelers will still have ways to circumvent the requirements and the act has no provisions to improve security in areas where there are no checkpoints limiting access to facilities and aircraft. The act does not even provide a provision for requiring airport contractors’ employees all have REAL ID cards when making deliveries of food and supplies to airports nor is there a requirement for airport mechanics with significant access to sensitive equipment on the planes to have said ID cards. Beyond all of these things the act does not adequately address the illegal entry into this country by potential terrorists or limit their access to things like gun shows where they can obtain the means to do harm to Americans without any need for a REAL ID.

If we are going to spend billions of tax dollars on this program, we need to work out the bugs first and make it something sensible. People who have nothing to hide should have nothing to fear in the implementations of this act but fiscally responsible citizens must question the use of our tax dollars to support this poorly written legislation that spends a lot of our tax dollars with little measurable result. Like many well-intentioned and poorly written laws this law has a good intent but fails to achieve the end result desired. We do need more security at our borders, ports and airports but trying to link together fifty different DMV systems through a central processing hub and trying to get fifty state legislatures to find a way to revamp their entire DMV system to comply with one set of federal standards is not the way to go.

The federal government should work in cooperation with states as opposed to trying to federalize things that have been long established as being the purview of the states. Driver’s licenses and state identification cards should remain under the control of the states. There is no problem with states sharing information with each other or the federal government but it should not be done in such a way as to overburden the budgets of the states or infringe on their autonomy. There is a reason our founding fathers limited the power of the federal government and the wisdom of their vision is no less today than it was over two hundred years ago.

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Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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