There is a long and sordid history of governments, including our own, using private information for illegitimate purposes. There is every reason to think that if we allow unfettered access to our private papers, it will happen again and again. That is why we have a 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures in the first place. The Founders were right on this one. We ignore their wisdom at our own peril.
Sorry if I interrupted a thread about Medicaid or something. . .
"As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems or, for that matter, to any problems." -- Pope Francis