— It never ceases to amaze me the ability of our politicians and media to build mountains out of molehills. However, perhaps, that is their business. Specifically, I am referring to the big to-do about voter identification.
My wife, a non-driver, carried picture identification for years. She used it as an aid in check cashing and other instances where proper identification was required. It took me about a minute or two on the phone this morning to acquire the requirements, which are really quite simple if you are an honest upright citizen. I’ll give you a hint: the Minnesota drivers license bureau.
There’s certainly no need to make it a mandate. If you don’t care to have an ID card, don’t get one, but you give up your ability to vote. If health insurance is mandated, surely, the right to vote should be.
The most vehement arguments against voter identification seem to come from one segment of our politicians and voters. The more vigorous the argument, the more one is inclined to think that there is a portion of the voting public, such as the illegal voter, deemed to be important enough to guarantee election of the supporting politician or party.
Are they the ones we want to elect? I don’t think so. I suggest proper identification should be required to receive a ballot.
We may be able to kill two birds with one stone. Look at all the government photographers we’d put to work, scurrying around to take the pictures — plus the rest of all those millions of government workers doing the paper work. There must be thousands we hired under the stimulus bill looking for something to do. Let’s get at it!