Now that the election is over, I’m back to talking about politics. I wasn’t going to have a mud-wrestling fight on behalf of a bunch of candidates I couldn’t even stand to mention. So I waited until the dust settled so I could see which of the many wrong-headed dudes I’d be arguing with in my mind for the next decade. Congratulations, Obama! You’re my new president. And yes, you are MY president. Like it or not, you won and we’re stuck with each other like a bad evening at TGIFriday’s on Love Connection.
So I’m re-reading your various plans for putting America “back together” and most of them sound like what you would argue with if you were conservative and bold. I myself am not going to argue against tax breaks for the poor because then I’ll sound like some cartoonish pig. As I merrily skimmed through most of what I already knew (“working Americans” is code for “we’re not going to tell you whether or not you’re in the planned bracket for the taxcut until after we get your vote”) I came across this and about pooped myself.
Simplify Tax Filings for Middle Class Americans: Obama and Biden will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama and Biden will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Experts estimate that the Obama-Biden proposal will save Americans up to 200 million total hours of work and aggravation and up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees.
Cute, isn’t it? How they make the consolidation of private information a plus. Look at how simple it is for us to look your information up for you!
Go right ahead and get accustomed to it, so when we take the next steps and pre-fill in all your healthcare information from a national database you won’t mind. You won’t even question why there is a central database storing all of the information about your doctor visits, medical treatments and prescriptions.
If knowledge is power and libraries are the repositories of knowledge, then databases are for the easy access and retrieval of knowledge. Any time your information enters a database you are granting that database holder knowledge of you and power over you. I say that as a person who has spent years building databases. I know exactly what they’re for and what they can do. Yes, they can make your taxes easier. But they can make the rest of your life–and your children’s lives–hell.