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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Oct. 17, 2005 / 14 Tishrei, 5766

It's time the U.S. grows up and gets an ID card

By Robert Robb

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There is a flurry of activity about making identification documents more reliable and secure:

All the major immigration reform proposals include a new, less forgeable Social Security card.

Congress recently passed new requirements for state driver's licenses, including verifying the legal status of recipients.

An election reform commission headed by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker recommends using the new state driver's licenses for voter identification, including tracking Social Security numbers on a nationwide basis to avoid duplicate registrations.

Those without a driver's license would be given a voter ID card subject to the same verifications.

All of these proposals dance around the central issue: It's time for a grownup discussion about a national ID card in the United States. In the modern era, there is a continuous need to establish that we are who we say we are. There is also a need to guard against others making false claims to be us.

After 9/11, there is also a security imperative to making sure that those who are here have a legal right to be here and are doing what they are legally entitled to do while here. If our immigration laws had been enforced, most of the hijackers either never would have gotten into the country or would have already left.

The United States already has the practical equivalent of a national ID card. Americans frequently have to show their driver's license or reveal their Social Security number to do a variety of things. But these documents were never intended to be a secure way of establishing one's identity and are, at present, easily forged or falsified. Hence the various proposals to make them more secure and informative.

But if it is important and necessary to be able to establish one's identity frequently, why not have a single document designed to do precisely that, and to do it well?

There are two primary objections to a national ID card. The first is that it leads inevitably to a police state.

But the existence of such a card does not a police state make, any more than requiring a Social Security number to work or a driver's license to use the roads have created a police state. There is nothing about a national ID card that dilutes the 4th Amendment, which protects "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects" and against "unreasonable searches and seizures."

Whether to have such a document is a separable issue from when and under what circumstances government can compel its production or track its use. The more serious objection is that a national ID card may further invade privacy. But government already has the information that would likely be part of a national ID card.

Various technological approaches are possible to make identification documents more reliable and less forgeable — a digital picture or a biometric identifier, such as a fingerprint or retinal scan. That's certainly yielding some privacy to government. But they are already being proposed for Social Security cards, driver's licenses, passports and visas. Why not make them part of a more reliable and universal ID card?

To protect privacy, some suggest that national ID cards be limited to government purposes. But that makes no sense. We have a more frequent need to establish who we are outside of government. If there is a reliable document that does that, why limit its use?

The way to truly protect privacy is to give people an enforceable property right to personal information about themselves, including financial transactions and consumption patterns. Others would not be permitted to sell or exchange such information without permission.

The Blair government in Britain is pushing for a national ID card. The discussion is underway in Australia, France and Canada as well.

Yet, in the United States, we continue to nibble around the edges, trying to make a combination of other documents suffice.

It's time to get to the central issue. In the modern age, there's a continuous need to establish that we are who we say we are. There should be a reliable and secure document that does that.

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