Please take action on federal REAL ID mandate!
- What is REAL ID? The Real ID Act of 2005 would turn our state driver’slicenses into a genuine national identity card and impose numerousnew burdens on taxpayers, citizens, immigrants, and state governmentswhile doing nothing to protect against terrorism. As a result, it is stirringintense opposition from many groups across the political spectrum.Cost of REAL ID Implementation: Estimated to cost states and individuals$23 billion over 10 years (source: Wired.com).Reasons to oppose REAL ID: - Creates the largest single database aboutU.S. people that has ever been created; - Creates the second national IDcard, after Social Security; - Increases the threat of identity theft; - Allowsfor tracking of individuals, propelling us toward a surveillance state; - Willincrease the bureaucratic nightmare that already surrounds gaining adriver's license; - Will cost of $23 billion over ten years; - Will do little toprotect against terrorism.The Good News: The Real ID Act does not directly change driver’s licenses.Instead, it threatens the states by stating that the federal government willnot accept their citizens’ IDs unless the states change their laws. As aresult, the Act cannot enter into effect unless the states change their lawsand appropriate funds. MAINE has already passed a resolution against theAct.TAKE ACTION!1. Check the status of the bills in your state's legislative body athttp://www.realnightmare.org/states/13/ and athttp://www.realnightmare.org/news/105/. If there is legislation, e-mail yourState Rep. or State Senator to support that legislation.2. If there is no legislation, please contact the libertarian-leaning membersof your state legislature. I list them at http://chelm.freeyellow.com/how.html.Tell them that you're a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus and you'dlike them to draft legislation to repeal the REAL ID Act, as Maine did (seedraft legislation at http://www.mainesenate.org/mitchell/realid.htm).Thank you for fighting for a free society.Sincerely,Aaron
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