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Killeen reader calls for putting photo on Americans’ Social Security cards

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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:45 pm

To the Editor:

President Barack Obama accused Republicans of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded access to ballot boxes, that benefit millions of black Americans and other minorities. The president’s point of view is that of absolutely no form of identification should be necessary in order to vote.

That does not make any sense. I have never seen anyone cashing a check and telling the cashier “I don’t have any form of ID, but trust me, that’s my name,” or boarding an aircraft or driving without an ID for that matter.

In Texas, a person without the means to pay for a personal Texas ID can obtain one free of charge.

The president added that he agrees with reasonable attempts to secure the ballot except for requiring an ID that millions of Americans don’t have. Millions?

Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador, proposed an idea that would be a great step forward in safe guarding the voting concept. Along with former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, they suggested placing a photo on Social Security cards. It is time, especially since every American has a Social Security card.

Will the president endorse the proposal? I hope so, I cannot conceive this idea as a threat to freedom.

Let’s move forward and have every citizen prove that they deserve the right to vote and prove it with a picture ID.

retired Master Sgt. Pedro C. Santiago

Killeen

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5 comments:

  • Eliza posted at 8:25 pm on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 824

    @ This is a non-issue issue, anyway. MSNBC has already reported (on MANY occasions) that there is ZERO evidence of voter fraud. It's simply a tool the Republicans are using to oppress our minority groups. So, ignore any contrary reports that you may hear on the OTHER news station. (You know. The one that lies.)
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  • Roody2 posted at 2:37 pm on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Roody2 Posts: 285

    Social Security cards are supposed to be used for Social Security purposes only. Period.

    Besides, requiring a SS card to vote would make it harder for the legal illegals to vote for the Democrats and that is down right oppressive to our non-citizen citizens.

    This is a non-issue issue, anyway. MSNBC has already reported (on MANY occasions) that there is ZERO evidence of voter fraud. It's simply a tool the Republicans are using to oppress our minority groups. So, ignore any contrary reports that you may hear on the OTHER news station. (You know. The one that lies.)

    I would ask "Why don't we just use our thumb print to vote?" but I realize there are people out there who have no thumbs and we wouldn't want to discriminate against those individuals. (I'm pretty sure just making that suggestion would be in violation of something.)

    Be vigilant Comrades! Don't fall for the Republican's scheme. DO NOT let them suppress your rights. We must progress… progress to... well... I'm not sure what we are progressing to… but, I think the opposite of freedom is government deciding everything for us.

    And, that's not a bad thing. If government is deciding everything for us, we won't have to vote at all. Then, nobody will be inconvenienced, oppressed or discriminated against. We can finally achieve equality.

    We are on the right path!

     
  • wilcfry posted at 8:24 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    wilcfry Posts: 93

    "This will somehow cost the taxpayer billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of manhours to accomplish when citizens already have the ability to obtain state-issued ID..."

    Yes.

    One reason it will cost so much is that (just like state ID), you'd need to update the photo every few years. Currently, you don't update the Social Security card; I've had the same one since the mid-1980s and it's a piece of paper. My wife only updated hers once -- to change her name when we married.

    With a photo on it, it will have to be plastic and/or laminated, and updated every few years -- even more often for younger people. That will cost tremendous amounts of money in machinery, supplies, training, and expanded personnel at Social Security offices.

    It's simply not that difficult (or expensive) to obtain a state ID card.

     
  • Bubba posted at 1:21 pm on Sun, Apr 27, 2014.

    Bubba Posts: 723

    No.

    There is no need for this nonsense. This will somehow cost the taxpayer billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of manhours to accomplish when citizens already have the ability to obtain state-issued ID, sometimes at no charge. The nonsense needs to stop. The federal government needs to be pushed OUT of our lives, and citizens need to get their own ID if they wish to function in today's society.

    The nonsense that people can't afford these things is just that-nonsense. Most states offer these free and there has been no problem with the poor cashing their welfare checks or using their benefits cards-they have the time and income to do that, right?

    So if you need to show an ID to vote, that is not an infringement on your rights in any way and those who continue to sell this nonsense are either liars or plain stupid. We, the people have a had enough of stuck on stupid.

    Enough with the federal government stepping into every little thing and spending billions on stupidity. Take charge of your own life and get a ID card.

     
  • Eliza posted at 6:12 am on Sun, Apr 27, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 824

    @Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador,

    I agree with former Am. Andrew Young's idea of the photo on SS Cards.
    I have a Military ID with photo and also a TX. DL with photo. And have had so for years.

    What's wrong with having my photo on my SS Card ? NOTHING!

    Unless someone has a devious reason for not having the SS Card also be able to Identify the person it belongs to just as the DL & Military ID Card.

    It would seem to a person's advantage to have several types of photo ID---
    The less chance for someone else to be able to pretend they are YOU !

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