REAL ID trojan horse
I’ve been working to not use this site for political postings, but to instead focus on nutrition and then other things that strike my fancy that aren’t political. But, I’ve got to post the below in its entirety. It’s not really political as much as it is common sense. I’m sure some members of both parties want to bring this about while other members of both parties don’t. I fervently don’t want to see it happen and will do whatever I can to prevent it.
Anyone who has read much WW II history knows what an important thing it was to have the ‘right’ papers and how everyone in authority (friend and enemy alike) demanded to see one’s papers. Here we have no papers other than a drivers license, and we don’t even have to have that unless we want the ‘privilege’ of being able to drive. I’m sure everyone reading this post has been stopped by the police at some point. They always ask for license and registration, and if you don’t have them, you’re in trouble. Imagine what it would be like to have that kind of hassle every time you tried to do anything. If you apply for a job, open a bank account, ask for credit, make a major purchase or do any of the other things we routinely do without ‘papers’ today. And don’t think for a minute that it won’t come to this. It’s all too easy. Right now you can’t even make a major purchase using cash in amounts greater than $10,000 because of Federal regs that have arisen out of the War on Drugs. It is assumed that anyone with that much cash has got to be a drug dealer until proven otherwise.
Read and heed:
DISCLAIMER: If you think the claims we make below are exaggerated or unfounded, you are free, as always, to sit this one out. But we hope you will remember our warnings. We won’t say “we told you so” when the things we predict below actually happen, but we do hope you will remember, when the time comes, that we did in fact warn you in advance.
Here’s what’s at stake . . .
The immigration controversy, and the legislation it has spawned, has become a Trojan Horse for imposing the REAL ID Act on all Americans, and entangling all of us in a bureaucratic nightmare of apocalyptic proportions.
Think for a moment about all the problems there have been with the terrorist watch list. Think about all the innocent Americans who have been placed on this list for no discernible reason, and the trouble people have had getting off this list. Now . . .
Imagine this same kind of bureaucratic nightmare expanding to entangle every job and business in America. This is what the REAL ID provisions of the new Senate Immigration Bill (
S. 2611)(S.1348) will bring about.
The offending section is Title III which will require . . .
Every employer in America to pre-screen every worker for every job they’re ever offered for the rest of their lives, regardless of the size of the business, or the job.
The cost to the federal government ALONE is estimated by the feds themselves (so you know it’s low) at $11.7 billion per year.
The costs to businesses may be even higher. This will raise the cost of hiring new people and foster unemployment. But that’s only the beginning of the trouble.
Every American will have to produce a Real ID license to get a job—no exceptions. I think we can see where this is going . . .
Proving our identity, and proving that we are innocent, is about to become a requirement for living.
Taking this approach could certainly solve the problem of prison over-crowding, because under REAL ID deadbeat Moms and Dads, drunk drivers, jaywalkers, and anybody else who does anything wrong at any time, can all be punished simply and quickly, without prison, and perhaps without trial, simply by turning them into a non-person in terms of the required employment background check.
But let’s say you don’t ever do anything wrong, but you still end up with a black mark next to your name anyway, just like what has happened to people with the terrorist watch list? How long will it take, and how much will it cost, to get your name cleared?
And what if you can’t get your name cleared, simply because of bureaucratic inefficiency, like with the terrorist watch list?
Will you starve because you can’t get a job? And what about your family? Your kids?
Meanwhile, under these provisions, the black market gets a further government “price support” for fake IDs. Anything can be faked. If a thing can be made by government it can be forged by criminals. This includes birth certificates and other documents required to obtain a so-called REAL ID.
Politicians who talk about tamper proof ID cards are idiots babbling nonsense.
But it gets worse. The federal government is trying to box in the states that have rejected the REAL ID program by making all of the citizens of those states effectively illegal persons!
Plus, new federal funding for state programs will only be given to states that comply with REAL ID. The Feds are trying to both bribe and coerce the states into complying.
What’s worse, most of the Senate may not even realize these provisions are in the immigration bill, or what their impact would be. The bill is huge, and complicated. As of this writing it hasn’t even been printed yet, and it’s very unlikely the Senators will even read the bill before they pass it into law.
You’ve been warned. If you want to heed the warning please send a message to both the House and Senate telling them to strip out all REAL ID related provisions from any immigration bill they are considering.
Click here to be taken to the website where you can get instructions on registering your protest in an effort to prevent this from becoming a reality. You can protest through the website, but I’ve always found it to be better to write a letter or email in your own words to your senator in Washington. Their addresses can be found here. The bill is: Senate Immigration Bill
(S. 2611) (S.1348)