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I really feel a draft!

After making my earlier post this morning, helping out my wife, I found myself late this afternoon with my 15 year old son talking his learner's permit exam at the DMV.  Imagine my surprise to see that all the examiner's cubicles have a hastily copied black and white sheet posted in them which reads:

To All of our Customers Who are Male and Age 18 through 25:

Effective November 3, 2003:

...Completion of this application will be considered as proof of your consent to be registered with the Selective Service System per the requirements of Federal and State Law.  If you decline to register, your application for a driver license, learner's permit or ID card will be denied.

I obtained a copy of the actual posting from our DMV customer service rep Henry who was kind enough to make one for us even though they are not supposed to make copies for customers.  (Henry said he was one of the few in the DMV office who argued that there was something more to the appearance of this new policy.  We bonded when I told him he was certainly correct!)

I see two things that don't agree between NC General Statute 20-9.2 referenced in the DMV posting and the derived DMV Customer posting:  1) The Statute does not explicitly say your driver license can be withheld.  2) The posting does not explicitly say that you are agreeing to have your information forwarded in electronic format to Selective Service (I assume this is meant to include your digital photograph.) 

What's next?

10:35:19 PM      comment []

I feel a draft

Until today, I had not actually taken the time to read the Universal National Service Act of 2003 sponsored by Rep Rangle and outgoing Senator Hollings of SC.  Might be worth everyone's time to actually read it.  Here are the highlights from Senator Hollings own website.  For the full .pdf text of the bill you can go here.  Below is the header to the Senate bill:


To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.

Regardless of your level of support for this sort of effort, has it ever been prudent to allow the Federal Government a clause like, "...and for other purposes."  ?

7:41:37 PM      comment []

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