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Stephen Kruiser

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February 20, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Is ear-tagging next?

Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person’s legal eligibility to work.

The idea, signaled only in vaguely worded language from senators crafting a bipartisan immigration bill, has privacy advocates and others concerned that the law would create a national identity card that, in time, could track Americans at airports, hospitals and through other facets of their lives.

The lawmakers haven’t committed to the “biometric” ID card, and are wary of any element that might split the fragile coalition of Democrats, Republicans and outside organizations working toward agreement on a broad overhaul of immigration laws.

But at least five of the eight senators writing the bill have backed biometric ID cards in the past. At least three of them—Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.)—have said they support requiring the cards under the new law but are open to other options, aides say.

This is the problem with the federal government and, well, anything. Even when you want them to work on something, they’ll usually get power hungry and clueless at the same time and make it weird.

Also, as a rule, I find it helpful to immediately run screaming from anything that John McCain and Chuck Schumer agree on.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Add an amendment that all women need an ID card to get an abortion. Watch comedy ensue.
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Hey, welcome to the information age. It really doesn't matter whether you like the government (and anybody else) being able to identify you at all times and places or not, it is going to happen. Technological advances will occur...whether or not we try to enact a prohibition on another readily-available commodity/technology. Good luck with that!
1 year ago
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Grampy McCain and his BFF simply take turns faking conservatism. One plays conservative (Graham tough on Hagel), while Gramps sells conservatives out on immigration and oh yeah, Hagel. Next month they'll select another conservative token, and reverse their roles. Gramps will play the tough guy. And so it goes with these two.
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"Show your plastics, please!"

The truly funny thing about this---in a risus sardonicus kind of way---is that the people talking about this are the same people who have been sitting with their thumbs up their respective asses when has come to securing our borders, having our immigration laws enforced, and even beginning to consider the possibility of ensuring that the voter rolls are not chock-full of fraudulent registrations.
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