Social Security Reform
It used to be one could buy a fishing license without any ID. Then, the PFBC started collecting data, and required a driver’s license. How that relates to fishing beats me; I’m wading in a creek and I need a driver’s license for that?
Life just got more instrusive. Now a valid Social Security number is required to get your fishing license. The logic: You just may owe back child support, and we ain’t goin’ let no dead-beat dad go fishin’. The last couple of years, the high-priced talent at the local K-mart would allow you to just give 0’s or 1’s and move on to more important data, like whether you want a Trout Stamp. Same online. Not anymore.
This story first developed in New Jersey. But PA is not immuned. The law appears to apply to all 50 states.
I can see the Fish Cop detaining me now: Sir, pull over and get out of them waders, give me your driver’s license and social secuirty card. What? You don’t have them with you? Climb in the back of my patrol car, I’m hauling you to the local magistrate.
UPDATE: Grits for Breakfast has added his comments into the bowl.