Maybe. This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3398, the "Girls Count Act." The purpose of this act is to protect the rights of girls in developing countries. This is certainly an admirable goal; after all, who could object to protecting the rights of girls?
Anyone who supports a non-interventionist, constitutional foreign policy, that's who. Congress has no more authority to promote the rights of girls in developing countries than it does for any other foreign aid program.
Those who oppose National or International ID cards should also oppose this legislation. This is because H.R. 3398 made it official policy of the United States Government to work with "multinational organizations" (such as the World Bank and the United Nations) to "....to enact, implement, and enforce laws that specifically collect data on girls and establish registration and identification laws..."
In other words, the U.S. Government is going to use your money to work with the UN, Word Bank, and other "multinational organizations" to set up a system of National IDs in other countries. These IDs will no doubt be identical, as it is doubtful the international bureaucrats would go through the effort to create separate ID cards for every country. Perhaps these new IDs can be tied into the U.S.'s "E-Verify" database....
Adam Dick at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity has more on this issue, including a great clip of an interview with Dr. Paul on National IDs.
Tags: Foreign Aid, National ID Cards