ID Tracking Number For All Public Servants
ID Tracking Number
For All "Public Servants"
By Patricia Neill
Posted July 25, 1998
Note from Claire: When Patty wrote this in response to
all the news about various federal ID requirements (which has finally hit the
mainstream media, two years after the laws were passed!) she said she thought it was
"just another blast from Brat Central." However, this one has struck a chord.
She says the response has been so enthusiastic it's almost been scary.
By the power vested in me as one of We the People,
without whose consent this country cannot possibly be governed, I hereby declare that what
this country really needs is a permanent identification number for all politicians, of all
levels of government from the President down to "local" school boards, including
the millions of unelected bureaucrats. All "public servants" from Cabinet
members to federal agents of all the hordes of federal agencies, to judges and
prosecutors, governors, mayors, country administrators, down to the local police and dog
catchers shall be issued a permanent identification number as soon as they take their oath
of office and begin work.
This permanent identification number can be used to track
all of these politicians and bureaucrats' actions, since they will not be able to do
ANYTHING without that number. We will be able to tally their votes, their performance of
the work we hired them to do, in fact, every action taken by our "public
servants" will be open to the view of the public. We should be able to see their bank
accounts, their medical histories, times they went to see a shrink, how many visits to the
local red light district, phone calls to their bookies, every time they file a memo, write
a regulation, conceive of legislation, attempt some obfuscation, stop a car for a traffic
violation, go to the pharmacy for medication (OK, enough alliteration)--ALL actions will
require the use of their permanent identification number.
Every financial transaction will be open and public
knowledge. Since billions of dollars disappear from various official budgets every year, in
every federal agency, and probably in many state and local agencies as well, ALL financial
transactions of "public servants"-- in their official capacity as our hired help,
AND in their private lives, will be made public. Thus we will be able to track the
transfer of our money to their pockets, which is no doubt what happens to those billions
of dollars that "go missing" every year, as reported again and again by the
Government Accounting Office.
Every single action taken by a "public
servant," official or private business, will be tracked, noted, and the data entered
into a database kept open to the public. We the People, who pay for all this
"government," need to be able to see exactly what transpires when an IRS agent
seizes someone's house. We'll be able to note when the home was taken, for what purposes,
when it was auctioned, and where the money went. Whenever a EPA bureaucrat attempts to
regulate private property out of existence, we'll know, since our "public
servants" will be unable to function at all without using their permanent
identification number. Whenever one of the myriads of Monica Lewinsky's goes to the White
House, she'll have to use her number to even get through the door. This data will be
automatically sent to the database. The technology already exists, as we know because our
"public servants" have expressed their fervent and demented desire to use it on
US. This database shall be accessible to all Americans on the Web. Suggestions as to how
to set up the webpages are welcome.
I believe this is an idea whose time has come. As an
ordinary citizen, there is absolutely no reason for me to have a national permanent ID
number. Who cares what I do or don't do? Who should care, besides me and
mine? However, it seems to me to be essential that in order for citizens to be properly
vigilant concerning the actions of our "public servants," and to act responsibly upon the knowledge that vigilance will bring, that ALL of our "public
servants" must henceforth receive a permanent identification number that they will
agree to use for every action they take, official or private, if they wish to work for us.
It is a way to ensure accountability of our "public servants"--something sorely
lacking in our current form of government.
If they have no wish to work for us, fine. They remain
private citizens, and thus need not be accountable except in the usual ways private
citizens must be accountable in their personal and business lives. Once they retire from
public life, their number retires as well.
What do you say, folks? Anyone like this idea besides me?
(c) 1998 by Patricia Neill
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