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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri residents need to veto government overreach

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Move along folks, nothing to see here. Trust me. I'm from the government and I'm here to help. And why shouldn't Missouri share your information about concealed carry permits?  The federal Government would never target one group over another in their taxing agency. And of course you know we'd never ask your phone company to access everyone's phone calls. Don't you know there are laws to protect you from things like that?

Missouri's HB 361 is one such law, signed by Governor Nixon in 2009. It makes it illegal for Missouri  bureaucrats to participate in the Federal Real ID Act of 2005  thus protecting Missourians' personal, private information.

In spite of those laws, Governor Nixon's state agencies are playing free and loose with our personal data. But in hearings before a special Missouri House committee this week, state bureaucrats are claiming that it's only a coincidence that the new system they implemented is the same as the federal Real ID program.

Really?

Was it coincidence that DOR, through federal Real ID grants, purchased new "biometric" photo equipment and contracted with a group outside Missouri to prepare Missouri drivers licenses and ID cards.

And was it a coincidence that Governor Jay Nixon, in a 2010 letter, was thanked by Janet Napolitano, Director, Dept. of Homeland Security for "....comply[ing] with the Real ID act of 2005 and  its implementing regulations.."?

And then we have the White River National Blueway. Governor Nixon Vetoed SB 265, a bill that could have prevented implementing Agenda 21 in Missouri – an enormous federal government overreach such as the Blueway designation. But, as reported by the AP: “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a pair of bills that he says would have imposed new mandates on governments to solve problems that don't exist.”

Imaginary? Problems that don't exist?  Sure, like Real ID wasn't a problem back in 2009.

What is this Blueway you ask? Nothing more than a 17.8 million acre federal regulatory nightmare launching a new approach to land and water use management. Nothing to see here. All imaginary problems. So imaginary that the presiding commissioners of 17 counties in the affected Blueway area unanimously signed a resolution to reject the designation.

These problems are real. Government overreach is VERY real. It is the duty of our elected officials to protect our rights and secure our  liberties.

Call your Missouri representative and senators today. Demand they vote to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of SB 265,

Todd I. Skelton, from Lebanon, Mo., is the state coordinator for Missourians Against Agenda 21.

Supervising editor is Laura Johnston


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