New York City launches municipal identification card program
New York City has launched its municipal identification card program, the largest in the country, which officials say will allow immigrants living in the country illegally to access key city services they were previously unable to obtain.Okay, wait. Wait wait wait. Haven't they been telling us that requiring an ID to vote puts an undue burden on the poor/elderly/minorities/whatever? That it was unfair to [insert whatever group is being pandered to at the moment]. Requiring ID to vote has been likened to a "poll tax" - a tax on voting - ignoring, of course, that every state that requires a permit to carry a firearm is charging a tax on exercising Second Amendment rights...
The card, dubbed IDNYC, was approved last year and became available to New Yorkers on Monday. It is aimed at those who do not currently have a government-issued ID, including the elderly, homeless and an estimated 500,000 immigrants in the city who live in the U.S. without legal documentation.
Looking at the "reasons" that voter ID is "unfair", it seems to boil down to either "those people are too stupid to get ID" or "those people are too poor to get ID". Well, then, why can't we use this model? If NYC can hand out nearly half a million IDs for free, why can't they require IDs to vote?
I think we all know the answer, don't we?
That is all.
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