In Washington, DC some advocates of government power are hopelessly naive about the dangers of enhanced government power, while others are basically deceptive about it. Sometimes, it’s simply difficult to tell the difference. A recent article jointly penned by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), extolling the virtues of a national identification card, illustrates the problem.
In an opinion piece that appeared recently in the Washington Post, ostensibly dealing with a subject almost everyone seems to agree on – immigration reform — Graham and Schumer joined forces to advocate for a “tamper-proof” ID card with biometric identifiers embedded in it, that would be required to be carried by every person in the country seeking work. Potential employers would be required to swipe each individual’s card through a machine in order to verify their identity and “immigration status” as a prerequisite to hiring them. In order to meet the objections that many