Oh, and she pointed me to a website called No2RealID.org, which has information about where the presidential candidates stand (or not) on this issue and which few Representatives voted against it. Very interesting, and I will be investigating this website in more detail.
The prospect of a Real ID makes me think of this scene from The Hunt for Red October (the movie, can't remember if it was in the book or not):
Capt. Vasili Borodin: I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck... maybe even a "recreational vehicle." And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?My goodness, I'd like to keep it that way.
Captain Ramius: I suppose.
Capt. Vasili Borodin: No papers?
Captain Ramius: No papers, state to state.