The Real ID Act mandating a national ID was rushed through Congress two years ago as part of a military spending bill. There weren't even any hearings on it. Since then, states have balked at the costs, and civil liberties groups have challenged the threats to privacy.
The federal government has yet to answer critics' basic question: Would this expensive and intrusive system even work?
Last week, in finally issuing the regulations, Homeland Security admitted there was no way states could make the original May 2008 deadline. But delaying implementation doesn't solve the core problem.
Several states already have objected to the law and will challenge it as an unfunded mandate. California should join them.
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