This proposal is one more step away from the Founding Fathers' vision of a limited federal government. Our greatest homeland security is liberty, and the Founding Fathers believed our greatest threat to liberty was a central government grown too powerful. Accordingly, they set up checks on federal power by vesting authority at the individual and state levels.
REAL ID disrupts this delicate balance of power in two ways. First, it turns the Founders' logic on its head by forcing states to act as agents for the federal government in creating a national ID card for federal purposes. Needing a REAL ID to board a plane or enter a federal building would also change the balance of power in something as seemingly insignificant as a visit to a member of Congress."
-- Gov. Mark Sanford, "Real ID Side Effects," Washington Times, April 14, 2008.
Generations of Americans have lived without biometrics. It is not the only way.BTC Commentary - Schumer, misunderstands and underestimates the fiscal limits of both the American people's patience and tolerance for any further insolvency or compromise over the integrity of something as personal as our identity. In short, the U.S. Congress does not respect or uphold a standard suitable for the American public if they persist with biometric identifiers against the 4th Amendment. They misrepresent the U.S. people.