Real ID Will Waste $11 Billion
What could you do with $11 billion? How many ways could we make the world a better place with that money? I know! Let’s spend it on a national ID card! The $11 billion figure comes from the National Conference of State Legislatures, and doesn’t include wasted time by productive members of society.
On the bright side, that’s a lot less per-capita than the British National ID scheme, which News.com reports will cost 10.8 billion USD.
Maybe the British scheme is more fully specified, and their cost estimates are more accurate.