October 8, 2012 9:41AM

You Can Say it All You Want

…but that doesn’t make it true.

One of the laws recently signed by the president, which Congress quietly passed before leaving town to campaign, was Public Law 112–176. Among other things, it extended the authorization the national background check system, E‐​Verify.

A line tacked on to the end of the law speaks to an issue with E‐​Verify:

Nothing in this Act may be construed to authorize the planning, testing, piloting, or development of a national identification card.

Well, you can say it all you want, but that doesn’t make it true.

Maybe Congress is playing a little trick, saying “no national ID card,” knowing that E‐​Verify is a cardless national ID system.