Real ID Stonewalling

Posted: April 2, 2013 in Legislative Issues, REAL ID

Get Real (ID)

Posted on April 1, 2013 by 

 We’ve been watching the building friction between the legislature and the Department of Revenue for about a month now and chronicling it on our newscasts and in our stories on Missourinet.com.  We cannot explain why the ongoing drama reminds us of something Jeanne Eagels said.  But it does.

Jeanne Eagles was an actress from Missouri who died when she was 35 in 1929.  Some say she was the Marilyn Monroe of her era, a forerunning of Jean Harlow, and the greatest stage actress of her generation.  But she drank to excess, used serious drugs, and became the first actress nominated posthumously for an Oscar.   She supposedly once said, … “Never deny. Never explain.  Say nothing and become a legend.”

We don’t know, of course, if this bonfire fanned by the legislature and the Department of Revenue will become legendary but it certainly is providing entertaining fodder for political junkies as well as for legislative Republicans.  Democrats are laying low.  And Governor Nixon certainly isn’t volunteering any comments about his tax-collecting agency.

From our observation point, this appears to be the biggest bob-and-weave exercise of the Nixon administration since DNR’s bumbling on Lake of the Ozarks water quality tests shortly after the governor began his first term.

Let’s see if we can summarize and overly-simplify the events leading up to today. For purposes of over-simplification, we’re skipping some things.

Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005. It went into effect in May, 2008.  It was enacted when there was much concern about illegal immigration and the possibility that terrorists might be getting into this country too easily.  Bush II was still in office. Our troops were in Iraq.  Homeland Security was telling us the terrorist level was at yellow or red.  TSA people at airports every day  started confiscating thousands of little Swiss Army pocket knives that had toothpicks, tweezers and little bitty scissors in them. (read the rest here)

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