Monday, June 09, 2008


A Bob Barr Opening?

The libertarians can't be happy about this development:
Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) authored a bill (with 11 co-sponsors, including Sen. Barack Obama) that was incorporated into a housing bill passed by the Senate Banking Committee 19-2 before the Memorial Day recess — a bill that creates a national fingerprint registry.
According to a
Martinez press release, the language merely “create[s] national licensing and oversight standards for residential mortgage originators.”
One of the standards, John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute says, may “
require thousands of individuals working even tangentially in the mortgage and real estate industries — and not suspected of anything — to send their prints to the feds.

Hmmm...but I believe Obama is still against the idea of providing ID before voting.

It might be interesting to have him ask why it's OK to demand taht people involved in mortgages have to provide fingerprints to prevent fraud -- but people who are voting don't have to prove they are who they say they are.

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