Your Opinion: Override veto; prevent federal overreach

Dear Editor:

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 HB361 is one such law, signed by Gov. 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, Nixon’s state agencies are playing free and loose with our personal data. But in hearings before a special Missouri House committee, 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 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. Nixon vetoed SB265, 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 Nixon’s veto of SB265.

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