MARK KIRK and PETER ROSKAM on Social Security IDs: Our own Congressman Mark Kirk and neighboring congressman Peter Roskam (also a great guy, if you've never met him in person) are proposing an important upgrade to the security of Social Security cards. Yes, I believe that is Mark's Mom in the picture! The cards would be modeled on military IDs and according to the Chicago Tribune:
"The proposed cards would feature a photograph and fingerprint, as well as a computer chip, bar code and magnetic strip. The cards would be modeled after the Common Access Card issued by the Department of Defense, mostly to active military reserve members and their dependents, said U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), a sponsor of the bill. Current Social Security cards have limited security features and have no photo or biometric data, he said."
Of course, the Lefties are already proclaiming that this is simply a scheme to further diminish the rights of illegal immigrants (say what???) or even to finally bring about the branding of folks with the Number of the Beast (yes, you heard that correctly, and we're not talking about an Iron Maiden album). EBG opines that the whole concept of a more secure social security card is silly because identify theft artists just use the number, not the card. That might actually be a fair point, as far as it goes, but one might argue that if a secure card was issued, more people applying for loans or credit might be required to show a card, instead of just write down a number on a form. Or, for example, one can imagine having to supply a encrypted number from the card in addition to the standard SSN that would have to match up to verify its legitimacy.
Whaddya guess Dan Seals will have to say about this?
MARK KIRK on McCain: The Tribune reports that the House GOP leadership is on board with McCain. The Tribune reports that "McCain won the endorsement of the entire House GOP leadership team -- and a standing ovation from the Republican rank and file." A nice quote from Kirk identifying him as a long-time McCain supporter was also included.
MARK KIRK on Iran: In a bi-partisan letter sent to sent Friday to Attorney General Michael Mukasey by Mark Kirk and Steven Rothman, a New Jersey Democrat, they question whether a proposed money transfer from the U.S. Treasury to the World Bank contradicts a 13-year-old Clinton administration executive order barring financial support of Iranian petroleum resource development.
I think a few people in comments on the last post tried to cast aspersions at Mark Kirk for trying to use a Clinton Executive Order for his own purposes. Such a question, I think, illustrates one of the differences between a leader like Mark Kirk and lesser wanna-bees (Dan Seals, anyone?). If there is a law or similar tool that can be used today to achieve a good, who cares whether it was a Democrat or a Republican that invented the tool? It's the people like EBG that are so convinced that someone on the other side could NEVER have done (or will do) anything of benefit, who think that you must always put political expediency above actually doing the work of good government. Sad, sad.
SAVE A SEAL PUP: A quick visit over to the Dan Seals campaign website shows that Rahm and DCCC (or, "D-trip" as we like to call it) are having a fundraiser for Seals this Thursday. Seals better hope it's the first of many. Any bets that it's in Chicago, rather than the 10th District?
Note to Dan- now that the primary is over, you might want to consider taking down the references to the newspaper endorsements, like the Tribune, on your website. The primary is over, and it's a pretty safe bet you won't be getting the real endorsements for the general. Of course, keeping up the endorsements and trying to mislead voters into thinking that they are general election endorsements would be perfectly in keeping with Seals' M.O. so far.
UPDATE #1: FROM THE END OF THE WORLD NEWSROOM: As I mentioned above, there are people out there that really think that Mark Kirk's social security smart card is another step towards the biblical end of the world. Turns out, some of these same people also believe in UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, and Atlantis. Check out one of these sites here.
UPDATE #2: MARK KIRK ON THE ENVIRONMENT: Mark Kirk continues his work as a protector of the Great Lakes by continuing to push for support of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Water Resources Compact (a bi-partisan effort also supported by Rahm Emanuel, I might add). Accordingly, Dan Seals will have to come out against protection of Lake Michigan, under the EBG theory of whatever Mark Kirk supports must be bad for the 10th District. Read more about this important effort here, here and here.
UPDATE #3: UNCLE TONY REZKO, NEW HOME CONSULTANT: We normally don't talk much about the brewing Obama and Rezko scandal here (leaving those discussions to the many other great blogs out there), but I had to post something on Obama's shocking revalation that Obama toured his million$+ home on the south side with Rezko before Obama bought it. Why has it taken so long for this little tidbit to be released by Obama's camp? Could it be that Obama was concerned that he better come clean before this came out in the upcoming Rezko trial? Let's see what Hillary makes out of this...