Don’t be too quick to dismiss the Spender in Chief’s unfinanced $787 billion stimulus blowout as a total failure. True it did not create any jobs, but it did allow federal authorities to monitor us under a higher resolution microscope:
Buried within the enormous 2009 stimulus bill were provisions encouraging states to develop data systems for collecting copious information on public-school kids. To qualify for stimulus money, states had to agree to build such systems according to federally dictated standards. So all 50 states either now maintain or are capable of maintaining extensive databases on public-school students.
The administration wants this data to include much more than name, address and test scores. According to the National Data Collection Model, the government should collect information on health-care history, family income and family voting status. In its view, public schools offer a golden opportunity to mine reams of data from a captive audience.
What about the law strictly limiting disclosure of students’ personal information? No problem: the Department of Education is bypassing Congress by rewriting the federal privacy statute — confirming that the unaccountable liberal bureaucracy is running the show, not elected representatives.
Last April, the department proposed regulations that would allow it and other agencies to share a student’s personal information with practically any government agency or even private company, as long as the disclosure could be said to support an evaluation of an “education program,” broadly defined. … The federal government will have a de facto nationwide database of supposedly confidential student information.
So this is what Obama meant when he declared his administration would be the most transparent in US history. Our private information will be transparent to the government. Meanwhile, we don’t even know if Obama attended college as an American or a foreign student, because his college records, like his medical records, are state secrets.
On a tip from Just TheTip. Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.