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My Papers? No Thank You

king10 - formerly king Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 7:59 AM
OK, so you don't want a national ID card. That's great. But we already have one called a social security number. So your fear is of "another" card? If so, I agree, but let's not pretend there isn't a national ID already. What does that have to do with illegal immigration? They don't have a SS# (legally)....so there's the way...if the states and the feds actually enforce laws already on the books.
Dan107 Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 8:25 AM
For example, Barack Obama's ss # was issued by the state of Connecticut, a state in which Obama hasn't even claimed to have resided in.

With the Supreme Court taking up Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law, we're once again thrust into a useful debate over the role of the government and the obligations of the citizen -- and non-citizen. Rather than come at it from the usual angle, I thought I'd try something different.

If there were one thing I could impress upon people about the nature of the state, it's that governments by their very nature want to make their citizens "legible."

I borrow that word from James C. Scott, whose book "Seeing Like a State" left a lasting impression on me. Scott...