The Orange County Register has an editorial on the REAL ID Act this morning that captures the issues magnificently. Among other gems:
The big trouble is that there's no evidence that this Draconian act, even if fully implemented, would be more than a minor inconvenience for a determined terrorist. But having all that information – including copies of birth certificates and Social Security cards – available in one database would make an irresistible target for identity thieves. And it would be a major inconvenience for millions of innocent Americans and a major expense for state governments – meaning taxpayers.
The Register's conclusion? Congress should "bite the bullet and repeal this useless, intrusive, money-wasting law."