Apparently a number states have balked at the Department of Homeland Security’s attempts to require nationwide standards for ID cards, known as the Real ID Act. It sounds like a fairly boring story, though maybe an interesting case of state’s rights vs. national security.
Boring, that is, until you hear Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer weigh in on NPR:
“We’re putting up with the federal government on so many fronts and nearly every month they come out with another harebrained scheme, an unfunded mandate to tell us that our life is going to be better if we’ll just buckle under on some other kind of rule or regulation. We usually just play along for a while, ignore them for as long as we can. We try not to bring it to a head. But if it comes to a head we’ve found that it’s best to just tell them to go to hell and run your state the way you want to run your state.”
Hilarious. Check out Wired for more background on the Real ID debate.