employment verification plan: big brother or big improvement?
from mcclatchy: For critics, the idea is an Orwellian nightmare: The federal government would begin signing off on every hiring decision made in the United States...
Whether it's regarded as Big Brother or a big improvement, the plan is getting a good vetting on Capitol Hill. It has enormous implications for employers and the Social Security Administration, which would conduct the background checks.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes the plan, says the legislation would create a "no-work list" in the Washington bureaucracy. "Americans should not have to ask their federal government if they have permission to accept a new job," said Caroline Fredrickson, the director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office.