How would you like to have a virtual GPS unit broadcasting your whereabout, what you ate, who you fuked or simply who you talked to while you have never committed a crime in your life and are under no court order to report where you ass has been or is going?
A driver license like this one will track your movements through airports, train stations and liquor stores because you will have to present it to see your moma or buy a Mad 20/20.
Should you choose not to carry it, what would you do when you get pulled over? How would you be treated? How would you feel to be a second class citizen because you did not want to play the game?
You let the dude put his foot in the door's crack now he's in and there is nothing you can do to get him out. All he wanted to do initially was to talk to you now he's in there taking a dump on your kitchen table. Think about it. You get a license with code that seems harmless because it identifies you but it's capable of doing a lot more than that. It can be used to code in your health scores, your ethnicity, your credit score and even some future score that identifies your level of or lack or patriotism based on your behavior, posts, family and friends conversations. Do you get the picture? Will you get the picture when a potential employer asks you for your license when you apply for a job? What will it take for you to value your privacy?
If some of those things were true, I'd be concerned. As I understand it, they're not.
You'd only need it to board airplanes and enter federal buildings. No RFID tag embedded.
To your other points, I guess I'm not cynical enough yet to believe that every company is secretly in on the plot to control the populace a la soviet Russia; barring a law that mandates they require a "REAL ID" versus a state ID or passport, I'm not sure how having one or not would keep you from being employed. But, that said, the government already knows everything about you based on tax records anyway. Credit card records are a subpoena away. No real trick for the gov't.
Most of the fears (short of McBear's valid assertion that they suck at security) are borne of ignorance; they already have ready enough access to this information if they need it. REAL ID would maybe cut down the time it takes them to get it, nothing more. I don't see this as a violation of civil liberties, but I do see it as an affront to the permanently paranoid.
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In California, for example, officials expect the only major change to adopt the first phase would be to take the photograph at the beginning of the application process instead of the end.
After reading Republic, the thought is a bit more chilling, but that was a work of fiction that required a significant suspension of disbelief to even get through the first 100 pages.