REAL ID

Time to Resist REAL ID

March 19th, 2012 9:12 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, Civil Liberties, Constitution, DownsizeDC.org, law, Liberty, Politics, REAL ID  |  1

Today . . .

The “Repeal the REAL ID Act” is DownsizeDC.org’s oldest active campaign.

It is also one of our most successful. Public outrage from the Left, Right, and Middle has persuaded many state legislatures to refuse to implement it. The Obama Administration, which to its credit doesn’t like this Bush-era law, keeps issuing waivers and deadline extensions on the states.

But REAL ID’s author, James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), is holding hearings this week, no doubt to try to build pressure on the Obama Administration to enforce this unconstitutional law.

That’s why it is important to raise our voices today. Tell Congress to repeal the REAL ID Act and replace it with nothing.

You may borrow from or copy this letter… Read More »

Oppose the E-Verify National ID System

October 3rd, 2011 8:04 pm  |  by  |  Published in congress, DownsizeDC.org, Liberty, Politics, privacy, REAL ID  |  Comments Off

Quote of the Day: “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” – The Book of Revelation 13:17

The House is considering H.R.2885, the “Legal Workforce Act.” This bill MANDATES that ALL employers use the “E-Verify” employment verification system. We strongly oppose this bill. It is REAL ID on steroids.

Many reading this have spent years fighting successfully against REAL ID. It seems a shame to lose the battle now simply because the politicians have finally found something — immigration — that scares enough people to make us submit.

We understand that some people who say they want to shrink the federal state just as much as we do, still support E-Verify. They claim this new dictate is needed to combat illegal immigration. We seem to be “heretics” in this case because we believe… Read More »

Good News: REAL ID Delayed Again

March 28th, 2011 10:52 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, Constitution, DownsizeDC.org, Liberty, privacy, REAL ID  |  Comments Off

DownsizeDC.org was the first organization to protest the REAL ID Act, six years ago.

Thankfully, countless other groups took up the charge, and secured nullification in 24 state legislatures.

Because of all that pressure, the Dept. of Homeland Security is once again extending the deadline for states to implement REAL ID.

Let’s build on the momentum. Tell Congress to kill REAL ID.

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REAL ID: A Major Victory is Near

December 20th, 2010 2:13 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, DownsizeDC.org, Politics, privacy, REAL ID  |  12 Responses

“Repeal the Real ID Act” is DownsizeDC.org’s oldest active campaign.

That’s because REAL ID – which is a de facto national ID card – lays the foundation for a future police state.

That’s why so many people have fought against it so hard for so long. And thanks to that resistence REAL ID still hasn’t been implimented, six years after it became law! A big part of this is because of your pressure.

And now there’s more good news . . .

There’s a silver lining in the monstrous, 1,926-page appropriations bill (H.R. 3082). This bill rescinds funding for a REAL ID “hub.” The House already passed the bill, and the Senate will consider it as soon as TODAY.

This hub would have created a centralized ID verification system, where states share driver information with each other. Without this hub, REAL ID suffers a fatal blow.

That’s why we’re asking you to tell Congress to support this cut in REAL ID’s budget, and to repeal REAL ID altogether.

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What will the election change?

November 1st, 2010 1:20 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, congress, Debt, DownsizeDC.org, Election, government spending, national debt, REAL ID, Taxes  |  Comments Off

by Jim Babka, President, DownsizeDC.org

Quote of the Day: “If elections really changed things they would be illegal.” — Emma Goldman

I will start with a confession . . .

* I cheered in 2006 and 2008 when the voters body-slammed the Republicans
* And I will cheer again next week when the Democrats too get slammed

Both the Republicans and the Democrats have thoroughly deserved their repudiations. I think our political parties are so bad that it’s almost always appropriate for incumbents to lose, and for the majority party to revert to minority status. But that doesn’t mean that such changes really improve things.

Did things improve in 2008 when Obama’s Democrats gained control? I think the answer is no. Obama has continued, or worsened, nearly all of Bush’s policies, and with the Democratic Congress has managed to outspend the profligate  Republicans. Should we really expect the Republicans to be different this time?

If you hold out hope, prepare to have it crushed, starting here . . .

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Justin Amash Money Bomb Today

July 8th, 2010 1:45 pm  |  by  |  Published in congress, Economics, Election, Free Market, Fund Raising, Liberty, People, Politics, REAL ID, Ron Paul  |  2 Responses

Today presents a fantastic fundraising opportunity for the Liberty movement. Justin Amash, who recently won the endorsement of the Club for Growth, is described by the press as being a serious contender in a two-way race. Amash’s status as a viable candidate is bolstered by recent attacks in the established media against his campaign.

For those who are interested in donating to Amash, a popular message circulating the internet has been posted below. It outlines over 20 reasons as to why one should donate to this campaign.

1 – Ron Paul has endorsed Amash, calling him “one of the most principled young leaders I have seen in a generation.”
2 – Justin Amash supported Ron Paul in 2008, donating over $1000 to his campaign.
3 – Amash has a great chance of winning, with the Grand Rapids Press calling the primary a “two-man race.” With no incumbent and a conservative district, winning the primary virtually guarantees his election.
4 – The big-government GOP establishment is supporting his opponent.
5 – He’s the only legislator to post all of his votes on Facebook in real-time! If you don’t think he’s a true defender of liberty, just see for yourself!

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Can you prove you’re not a terrorist?

March 11th, 2010 2:04 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, DownsizeDC.org, Liberty, privacy, REAL ID  |  Comments Off

The REAL ID Act has punished innocent Americans with red tape, higher fees, and lost privacy. Some in Congress want to add to these burdens.

Let’s stop them! Please tell Congress to repeal REAL ID and oppose any further attempts at creating a national ID card.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

What is the purpose of REAL ID?

* to prevent terrorists from boarding planes, even though there are an infinite number of other ways to engage in terrorism
* to prevent illegal immigrants from getting driver’s licenses – which only increases the likelihood they will drive without ever being tested, creating more dangerous roads http://tinyurl.com/yf5r595

Why should either (misguided) goal interfere with an American citizen’s attempt to renew a driver’s license?

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Let’s pass on PASS ID

January 6th, 2010 11:06 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, DownsizeDC.org, Politics, privacy, REAL ID  |  Comments Off

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


There is good news and bad news on the REAL ID front . . .

* The good news: 46 states were not in compliance with REAL ID by December 31, forcing DHS Secretary Napolitano to extend the deadline to May, 2011 – and there’s no sign the states have any intention of complying with it by then
* The bad news: the Senate could pass REAL ID’s equally-bad replacement, the PASS Act, this month

Please tell Congress to oppose the PASS Act and instead repeal the REAL ID Act with NO replacement.

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Will you get caught by the REAL ID deadline?

December 10th, 2009 1:39 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Civil Liberties, congress, Constitution, Liberty, Politics, privacy, REAL ID  |  Comments Off

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


REAL ID is scheduled to go into effect on January 1. The good news is that it may be repealed by then. The bad news is that it may be replaced by something worse, the PASS ID.

Please tell Congress to repeal REAL ID and reject the PASS ID.

This is what I wrote in my letter . . .

REAL ID has proved to be unworkable and unwanted.

  • 36 states will not be in compliance with REAL ID by the January 1 deadline
  • Fifteen states have passed statutes prohibiting it, and another ten have passed resolutions denouncing it. http://realnightmare.org/news/105/

If REAL ID is not repealed,  Read More »

Tea Party adopts Downsize DC Agenda

November 16th, 2009 11:52 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, DownsizeDC.org, Politics, REAL ID  |  1

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


Where and when you can meet Jim Babka this Wednesday, plus, another shot at REAL ID

Some good things have resulted from our past efforts . . .

I spoke at the Williamsport, PA Tea Party on August 29th. There were over 4,000 people there! The organizing committee had a scroll full of demands for Congress to move in a downsizing direction. Hundreds of people signed the scroll. Included among the demands were our Read the Bills, One Subject at Time, and Write the Laws proposals. Since then . . .

The Williamsport Tea Party Committee has been active, including delivering four busloads of people to the 9/12 rally in Washington, DC. They’ve met several times to plan their long-term strategy. The result . . .

They’ve decided to focus on our “transpartisan,” Downsize DC Agenda proposals, the Read the Bills Act (RTBA) and the One Subject at a Time Act (OSTA).

Tom Anderson, a member of our team and one of the leaders in the Williamsport committee, sent me the following message to describe their thinking . . .

” . . . we believe that this issue (RTBA and OSTA) is the most easily addressable, bipartisan, and most helps us achieve the other demands. In contemplating how to proceed to push this demand, we reviewed DownsizeDC’s efforts . . . and decided that the most effective means toward accomplishing it is to 1) make our community aware of the problem and our efforts, and 2) get them all to push their Congress critters to sponsor the DownsizeDC legislation.”

The Williamsport Tea Party committee gets it! RTBA and OSTA are levers we can use to restrain government excess in all areas. Passing these bills will make it easier to achieve other demands.

To support their efforts the committee has invited me to speak to them on Wednesday, November 18, and answer questions about RTBA and OSTA. More than 200 people are expected to attend this meeting.

If you’re in the area on Wednesday, you’re invited to attend the meeting. I’d love to meet you.
The meeting starts at 7:30 PM at the Cinema Center in downtown Williamsport, PA.

Now, for today’s action item . . .

It’s been awhile since we’ve asked Congress to repeal the REAL ID Act. We don’t want them to think we’ve forgotten about it, because that would make them think they’ve gotten away with it. Please send Congress a letter reminding them that you want REAL ID repealed:

You can use my letter to Congress as a model for you own . . . Read More »