Following Montana's example, Gov. Mark Sanford wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that South Carolina was not requesting an extension on compliance with Real ID. While expressing reservations about the program overall, he explained that last year, our legislature passed a law that we would not comply with Real ID. By requesting an extension, which he believed implied compliance, Mr. Sanford rightly pointed out that he would be breaking state law.
And following the Montana example, Mr. Chertoff granted the extension that was not sought, stating in his response that Mr. Sanford's letter was viewed as a request for extension. Thus the May 11 "implementation date" of restricting South Carolina and other states from being penalized for neither complying nor requesting an extension to comply will pass with no changes in our ability to travel or enter federal buildings.
... But Real ID is not the solution, with the government collecting information on millions of people who won't even complain to the grocery store manager about a bad chicken and lumping them in with terrorists who take their "complaints" to a violent end. ...
So many states are questioning Real ID and its implications, one would think Homeland Security would surmise there might just be something wrong with the proposal itself.
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But we've all complained about the complexities of the Internal Revenue Service for years, and we'll all see, come April 15, how fruitless that is.
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