Where is commerce gravitating more and more, and thus where is your identity becoming more important?

President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.

It’s "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.

To the Left, the absolute perfect spot for the US government is, basically, wherever you go, physically or digitally.  Instead of a national ID system, your Internet identity is essentially the same thing.  Of course, they claim that this is not a national ID.

"We are not talking about a national ID card," [U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary] Locke said at the Stanford event. "We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy, and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities."

It’s run by the national government, and it’s to identify you to the entire digital world.  What other euphemism would you prefer? 

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