If someone did push national standards and a national ID, I'd support it. Make the rules consistent from state to state, automatically register all eligible citizens when they turn 18, updated automatically through change of address forms/IRS data/DL data/SS or Medicare data/other benefits data, with consistent standards and consistent policies from state to state. Those would be huge steps in the right direction and I'd support them 100%. Bring us into the 21st century.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
People have to make the effort to go down to the office and show their documents to have their picture taken, plus their fingerprints taken as well.
The point of it being national, is that the states would have nothing to do with it, it would be federal. The card from all 50 states plus D.C. would be the same and highly recognizable.
My point was that every member of La Raza that is from Mexico has an IFE Card in their pocket, which is our federal voting card, and nobody votes without it being not only in their possession, but valid as well. If you let your IFE card expire, you cannot do anything like cash a check or do any bank transactions.