My last two jobs required finger printing, multiple IDs, detailed back-ground checks, clean personal history, and I carry three IDs (one state and two federal) which have my face and fingerprints. I'm blood and urine tested annually and ALWAYS subject to random stops while driving on the Military Base where I have worked 18 years.
What I want to see is the SAME tracking measures used on Welfare Recipients who MISUSE the system - in particular, people who take their checks, cash them and spend most of the money on illegal drugs, rather than feeding and clothing their children as they should.
Not everyone is an abuser, but if you are handed a check from us, you should be subject to (at the very least) random drug testing and FOLLOW UP testing if positive results are found. The problem with that though it opens up a can of worms that could end up costing more that we already pay. Is it easier to have a drug abuser milk they system or force that person through a REHAB environment at whatever THAT cost would be? In the long term, I think you'd probably make a more productive society, maybe even a workforce that will fill the void that today is over-flowing with illegal immigrants.
Sure I could see MULTIPLE cans of worms opening up, I can not imagine the number of rehabs needed to clean up the Welfare system - it is like building that GREAT WALL of American which we keep hearing and talking about to our Southern Border, we know we need it, we just don't want to have to DEAL WITH IT NOW with all the pots on the stove that we have currently cooking.
The middle East is a pressure cooker ready to burst, we are stretched out thinly around the globe and EACH TIME a wannabee terrorist yells "Boo!" we spend 10 Billion Dollars: There is no doubt that we are defenseless against random attacks on our soil, we can kill and capture a hundred bad guys and there will be a thousand other nut cases to fill their shoes.
But back to the point... It is like gun control, when you take the guns away from the GOOD GUYS, only the BAD GUYS have guns. In my case, I'm photographed and drug tested, yet I have done nothing wrong. Meanwhile countless crackheads and "Check increasing baby making machines" are filling every corner of of country and none are subject to the same rules.
I hope at least everyone agrees that IF you are arrested and convicted on drug charges and you receive public assistance, all future benefits should be drug tested sensitive - we need to get this country FURTHER AWAY from 3rd world-ism, not waste technology which can change the future for our children.
There is a National Discussion on whether to DRUG TEST school students - all school students, not just athletes. I'm not sure what LIBERAL PARENTS would argue other than the old and tired issue of personal privacy.
Doesn't EVERY PARENT want their kids DRUG FREE - I do not believe that if EVERY ONE IS TESTED, you loose personal privacy. Maybe it is NEEDED to happen in schools - the only place where kids can be caught "in-time" before they make a disaster of their lives. It wouldn't be pretty, but MAYBE the knowledge that they would be drug-tested WOULD prevent experimentation in the first place? If it only prevented 10% of abusers from evolving into society WOULDN'T it be worth the effort? We place the lives of the children to the schools every day by busing them to and from, sport activities, etc. School may be the ONLY structured society many kids experience and JUST as in the "POLICE" we should give schools extraordinary powers. If you are NOT of Legal Age, what Rights do you have to begin with?
Typically parents are responsible for a child's actions except for crimes GREATER than misdemeanors, meaning maybe the same people who pay taxes and elect school boards should have the say on what happens in those districts - but isn't this a problem Nationally, and if it is SHOULDN'T Federal Laws govern such matters. I know one thing, Debt isn't an issue in our country, no one is better at being in debt than us - the depth of the hole we dig is the only issue any more - this war has bled us dry and maybe FURTHER debt should be put toward more promising issues, like SAVING OUR YOUTH "BEFORE" the World gets its hand on them.
I'm afraid we no longer live in a society where having personal privacy is possible. From your ATM cards, EZ-Passes, library cards, drivers licenses and on and on, don't kid yourself - unless you have a HUGE pile of cash (and try to get that without attracting attention - don't forget ALL TRANSACTIONS of $10K or more are HIGHLY visible) you CAN'T get a pack of gum without being seen buy dozens or hundreds of cameras a day.
We have LOST many personal liberties to the guise of security - and security is a smoky mask of illusion. Freedom at a cost is NOT true freedom, but we have NEVER had Freedom without GREAT cost of lives in this or any society. If a Federal ID Card somehow makes the world a little safer, nothing much has changed in my life - I've had a federal ID for 18 years now. Maybe you think I'm a sell-out to the MAN... I think I'm a productive member of society trying my very best to NOT leech on society and at the same time SERVE my country as a member of the Department of the Defense - US NAVY SUPPORT. Better "THAT" then someone who was either FAILED "BY" Society or someone who "FAILED" our Society - that door swings both ways. We MAKE as many monsters by failing to catch the sick and twisted which humanity has walking amongst it - maybe better internal security will fix some of the worse cases that fall thru the cracks BEFORE they are unrepairable. For now though, I've really lost faith in mankind's ability to self police its character but I have some optimism that people with good minds and kind hearts can keep us as safe as humanly possible in a world that wants to open up and swallow us whole. God Bless this world, we need it!