Your Papers Please
When I was growing up in the 50s “Your’e Papers Please” was a phrase used to warn us about tyrannical governments. We have decided in the United States that we now need a “Your Papers Please” society, aka photo ID. You can’t open a bank account, fly or take a train without a photo ID. Many states are now requiring photo ID to vote.
Now I’m not going to question that we may now need a “Your Papers Please” society but if that’s the case they should be free or at least cheap and should be easy to get. To get one you need a copy of your birth certificate which if you don’t have it already can cost up to $50. In addition if your name has changed through marriage you need a copy of your marriage certificate which if you can find it can also cost you money. Here in my state the only place you can get a photo ID is at the Department of Motor Vehicles which are located for people who drive and few and far between. Where I live now getting to the nearest DMV office would be a 30 to 40 dollar cab ride. We need to simplify the process of getting the papers and have more locations to do it. There are more places I can apply for a passport than get a state photo ID.
End of rant!