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    Frankly, I am a private person.   The ability to purchase in cash, and not give my name, address, phone number, date of birth, and every other intrusive question to any stranger standing behind a sales counter, means a great deal to me.  

    I HATE the trend where you walk up to a sales counter, cash or card in hand, and someone asks you your phone number.   What I'm thinking to myself is, "I don't want a date with you.   I just want to buy this spinach, please."

    Maybe it shouldn't, but it does matter to me.

    And, besides, it just a hassle.   I have a full time job, and two kids to raise, one of them disabled, and you would not believe how it is the small things in life that can waste your life, like standing in front of a sales counter spelling out your name, email address, phone number, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.    

    I don't want to live in a Security State.    I accept the risk that goes with that freedom.   Besides, if we actually investigated people, and monitored them on an ongoing basis, when Russia says, "This person is dangerous", maybe I wouldn't have to.   I am in favor of increasing the budget for people to do L-E-G-W-O-R-K.   Go out and interview people.  I feel that our intelligence agencies are relying too much on databases, and they have gotten away from knocking on doors and talking to people.

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