Skip to comments.Florida studying a possible universal ID
Posted on 09/06/2011 6:14:58 AM PDT by TheBombshellProject
Gov. Rick Scott is on the prowl for new ways to reduce the cost and size of government.
He has a group patrolling for duplication in law enforcement. He wants agencies to scrutinize their budgets.
And he helped create a Government Efficiency Task Force of 15 business leaders and legislators, who will suggest cuts in state spending by up to $3 billion.
Your input is welcome at floridaefficiency.com.
Now, see what you think of this cost-cutting idea:
Issue Floridians a single ID card that would hold several kinds of vital information: your driver's license, car insurance, health insurance and voter registration.
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What they're trying to "accomplish" isn't saving taxpayers money. It's keeping tabs on the troublemakers.
Myself included :-)
No because my voter ID card is paper and we don’t even need to bring it to the polls as we still have to provide photo ID.
No because my insurance companies provide my cards and there’s no cost to the state.
Sounds like an effort to consolidate all your personal information. I don’t think it will save any money at all!
State of Florida makes about $60 million a year selling our information. Most of it comes from the drivers license data.
They could probably make more if they included the health and insurance data.
this idea will die an agonizing death faster than a Sunday Morning Preacher can say “Mark of the Beast”.
Such a card is a very bad idea in the US for a thousand reasons. However, what is bad for us could be a very good thing in future military operations in foreign countries.
That is, one of the biggest problems our military had in the Iraq occupation was that their government was effectively worthless. Those parts of it we tried to save were disasters, and only those parts that were replaced with modern, efficient, western equivalents were worth a darn.
But once they had been replaced, by J. Paul Bremer, who in future should be remembered as “the man who built Iraq”, despite some setbacks, what the country needed more than anything else, was an individual identification system, run by the US military.
That is, every military unit in Iraq needed an off the shelf system to identify each and every Iraqi into a US military run database, and issue them a hard to counterfeit photo ID card.
Because personal information in Iraq could be deadly, all anyone could see on the card would be the face of its owner. But on the backside of the card, in encrypted data matrix bar code that can hold up to 1000 characters of information, would be their name, address, home district, fingerprints, religion, age, weight, sex, height, etc., etc.
From that point, the very first thing that would happen when the US soldier met an Iraqi would be to scan their card, which could be done with an ordinary cellphone. It would verify their picture and check the database to see if they were criminally wanted, and with different passwords, the soldier could find out information about them he needed to know.
If an Iraqi lost their card, it would mean that they would be detained until their identity was verified. This would make it incredibly hard for a foreigner to pretend that he was an Iraqi, or for a villain to explain why he was far from home.
Such cards would make governmental tasks in Iraqi far more easy and fair. A Shiite bureaucrat would only see a Sunnis face, so would not know they were a Sunni, not having a password to identify them by religion. Thus the card could be used as a ration card, for voting and any other government service.
This would have helped Iraq recover far more quickly.
But that is the point. In chaos, it helps recovery. But when there is no chaos, like in the US, such cards would be a disaster, again, for a thousand reasons. It would not solve chaos, but create chaos.
Check with the big advocate- Marco D’Beast...
Re my #7- you beat me to it!
And to monitor what medications you’re taking, what guns you’re buying, what food you’re eating...
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