Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Senate approves electronic ID card bill | CNET

Before 9/11/2001, the requirement of an electronic ID card would have been a non starter in the US Congress. With the menace of terrorism hanging over our heads, the bill passed relatively easily. It will be three years before it is required.

The use of the card should help in regard to illegal immigration and it should make airplane boarding faster. The country continues to pass conservative policies (not in the sense of status quo). It leads one to believe that the end of filibustering of judicial nominees is near. Democrats have drawn a line in the sand in regard to private social security savings accounts. The Democrats believe they have a winning hand to oppose changing the system, however, events such as the collapse of the UAL pension account adds pressure to "fix social security".