I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government. We don't need a national ID card.
A couple weeks ago, when I first heard about the proposal to display a photo of the owner on all Social Security cards, I immediately thought, Social Security cards are issued just after birth these days, so will it be a baby picture that's displayed? Then what? Will the photo be updated on achieving voting age, and then at intervals as the citizen ages? How many billions of dollars will that cost? And who pays for it?
There are probably many other valid objections to this idea that I have never thought of.
It seems to be an unworkable idea.
Did You Know . . .?
Two barber's poles placed next to each other spinning in opposite directions are used to signify a brothel in Korea.
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WORD FOR TODAY
Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.
A clandestine operation is an intelligence or military operation carried out in such a way that the operation goes unnoticed by the general population.
(born April 18, 1947)
James Woods is an American film, stage, and television actor. After his breakthrough role in The Onion Field (1979), Woods starred in Once Upon a Time in America, the Oliver Stone films Salvador and Nixon, Ghosts of Mississippi, and in the legal series Shark. He has won three Emmy Awards - for television movies Promise and My Name Is Bill W., and for the animated series Hercules.
(born April 18, 1961)
Jane Leeves is an English film, stage and television actress, comedian, singer and dancer. She made her screen debut with a small role in the 1988 popular British comedy television show The Benny Hill Show, and appeared as a dancer in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Leeves garnered her first leading role in the sitcom Throb and then secured a recurring part in the television sitcom Murphy Brown. In 1993 she achieved wider fame as Daphne Moon on the television sitcom Frasier for the entire run of the series, from 1993 until 2004. She received further recognition for her performances in Miracle on 34th Street (1994), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Music of the Heart (1999) and The Event (2003). Beginning in June 2010, Leeves returned to acting, as Joy on TV Land's sitcom Hot in Cleveland
(born April 18, 1953)
Rick Moranis is a Canadian actor. Moranis came to prominence around 1980 in the sketch comedy show Second City Television and later appeared in several Hollywood films, including Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (and its sequels), Little Giants, Parenthood, The Flintstones, and My Blue Heaven.
(born April 18, 1967)
Maria Bello is an American actress and singer, who has appeared in the movies Permanent Midnight (1998), Payback (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), The Cooler (2003), A History of Violence (2005), Thank You for Smoking (2006), and The Jane Austen Book Club (2007). In television, she is known for her role as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the NBC medical drama ER (1997–1998). She starred as Lucy Robbins on the Fox series Touch alongside Kiefer Sutherland, in 2013.
The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
--John F. Kennedy