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Chan Lowe: The new driver's license rules

driversx.gifMaybe this is what the tea partiers mean when they sound the trumpets about government overreaching.

It makes some sense, given our current national security environment, that a one-time-only requirement to produce hard-to-find documents in order to prove one's identity would be necessary to satisfy the federally-mandated "Real ID" law.

This supposedly makes it harder for terrorists to obtain a state driver's license, which, for better or worse, functions as a national ID card in a country where custom and tradition render that concept abhorrent.

Bureaucracy, though, is by definition an unthinking blob whose primary raison d'etre is to perpetuate itself and grow larger. Bureaucracy is devoid of imagination and elasticity, otherwise why would it demand that a woman who had been widowed for 35 years produce her marriage license to establish why she changed her name? Yes, this actually happened to the mother-in-law of one of my colleagues.

Are a little balance, a touch of humanity, and some common sense too much to ask of our public "servants"?

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Last time I renewed, I got a letter saying I would absolutely positively be required to have a birth certificate. Not having one, I went to a lot of trouble to have the state of Alabama send me an official copy. Once at the drivers license office, everyone I tried to show it to said, "Oh we don't need that."...

That cartoon cracked me up , but only because it plays close to the fire of truth.

Yes, bureaucracy does seem to grow into that which violates common sense, and then we find ourselves living within a tangled complicated set of rules only the worst lawyers could have made up.

Back to personal power and uncommon sense!

thanks for claiming d license is a national id card. had one for 40 years. been requested at the bank,airport, during traffic stops by cops. driving has never been discussed. lets get rid of them and the sooner the better

In any bureaucracy (not just government, but also corporate and academic), the journey of a single step begins with a thousand miles.

Thank you Chan for making the point that Government should stay out of health care.

Stay on topic--your relentless with "red meat" issues,even if it isn't the subject...Ever consider becoming a Vegetarian.?

Chan - can't believe I'm saying this but, I'm with you on this one!

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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