Drivers License And Social Security Number, Please
by eric • December 9, 2015 • 27 Comments
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Maybe you remember when Social Security numbers were “not to be used for purposes of identification.” It actually said so, right there on the card.
Well, it used to.
So much for that. As usual, per the frog in the ever-warming pot of water, we do not notice the change until it is too late to change anything.
Our SS number is now the de facto – and in a very real sense, the de jure – national ID. De facto, because it’s almost impossible to transact any business without one. De jure, because the law increasingly does require it for purposes of identification, even though the original law said it never would be used for such purposes.
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In other words, the SSN is now officially being used for purposes of identification – just as they (the authors of Social Security, all those years ago) swore up and down it never would be. It was only going to be a government social insurance program, to keep old folks from shivering and starving in the winter. Never to be the basis for a nationwide cattle-cataloging system.
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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
I think I have to add a new element to my mantra “Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!”
It’s “untrustworthy”. The Gooferment, politicians, and bureaucrats all lie.
(The recent Tom Woods’ show on Hamilton demonstrated that the Federalist said what ever was needed to get the Constitution adopted and then did what the wanted any way.)
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