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Brilliant idea: Hawaii ponders plan to make money off Birthers

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It could be argued, I suppose, that there’s something morally questionable about trying to cash-in on the paranoid theories of the mentally deranged.

But, hey! When you’re seriously short of money, certain niceties go out the window, right?

Hawaii, like most states, is faced with severe budget problems these days. To help ease the situation, if only a little, a handful of Democratic state legislators have introduced a bill that would allow the sale of copies of Barack Obama’s birth certificate at a price of $100 each.

There are some problems with this legislation, as we see HERE, but you still have to admire the sponsors for their ingenuity.

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  1. noboma4me

    You can’t fix stupid. And they will probably donate the proceeds to his re-election fund.

  2. Great idea! Let the “birthers” put their money where their big mouths are.

  3. shawnnews

    Davis. For the last three years Obama has shown this birth certificate. It was issued by the state of Hawaii. It is legal and binding the raised seal can be seen here. The other documents, requested by “birthers” are not issued by the state of Hawaii.
    Obama is the only president to make his brith veritificate available for everyone to see, not just a few election officials.
    http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html
    To continue to accuse Obama or to continue to harbor suspeicions, is unreasonable. It would in fact show some sort of racism, in the fact that he would have to produce more documents than a white candidate.
    One of the commenters here said asking for a “long form” birth certificate is like asking for a passport to Narnia in the fact, that it does not exist or is not a legal document, but a hospital one.

  4. Jim Yeager

    If the birthers claims have nothing to do with Obama’s race, then why weren’t they clamoring for John McCain’s birth certificate?

    John McCain was born in Panama, not the United States. Shouldn’t that give rise for concern over issues of citizenship?

    If, as you claim, this stems from Obama’s reluctance to produce his birth certificate, then where was all of the speculation that George W. Bush ever went to college? He was incredibly reluctant to produce his college transcripts. I know that going to college is not a Constitutional requirement to hold the office, but wouldn’t the American people deserve to know if he was lying about his background? Doesn’t that open up even more possibilities of being disingenuous about his past?

    Not to mention, why shouldn’t he have been reluctant? It’s a flat out insulting request. On more than one occasion, you have taken umbrage with Pat questioning where you live. So, it’s perfectly reasonable to be peeved about questioning your current residence, but it’s proof of guilt if you don’t like the implication of someone questioning your citizenship?

  5. Jim Yeager

    One other thing, just because no one has mentioned it yet…

    If Hawaii did charge for copies of Obama’s birth certificate, wouldn’t that just fit into the worldview of conservatives anyway? It’s the invisible hand of the free market. If people will pay, let ‘em.

  6. shawnnews

    Obama wasn’t reluctant to produce his birth certificate at all. Keep dreaming.
    Here’s how deceived the birthers are.
    Hillary Clinton was the first candidate to make claims about Obama’s eligibility to be president based on birth. She was also the first candidate to make claims about Obama palling around with Bill Ayers.
    Conservatives have always accused the Clintons of being liars.
    However, they were EAGER AND WILLING to keep repeating Hillary’s accusations, while pretending to their gullable followers that there was a controversy surrounding Obama’s birth, or like you seem to believe, that he had not been forthright in producing his birth certificate. For three years now, these people have claimed that Obama is some sort of pretender to the presidency or that there is a controversy. The only way you can believe any of that crap is if your only sources of information are World Net Daily, Free Republic, the New American, or the American Thinker.
    If you select to ignore the fact that the state of Hawaii has said the document is valid, then that’s your problem. This issue is something used by conservative publishers to draw attention to their readers — the same guys who say to ignore the liberal media. Ignore enough and you’ll be ignorant, of course.
    http://www.onpointradio.org/2009/07/michael-medved-takes-on-birthers
    Using Alan Keyes as an example to show that there isn’t any bigotry involved is a terrible example. I thinkKeyes will parrot whatever line makes Democrats look bad whether it’s true or false.

  7. Jim Yeager

    Davis writes: “And last time I checked, one of the requirements to become president was not be able to produce a college transcript.”

    AFTER, I had already written: “I know that going to college is not a Constitutional requirement to hold the office, but wouldn’t the American people deserve to know if he was lying about his background? Doesn’t that open up even more possibilities of being disingenuous about his past?”

    In other words, Davis completely ignored the implications so he could restate what I had already said, except snarkier.

  8. It’s fake!

    I’ve worked as a secretary for a city recorders office for many years and never saw a birth certificate from the 1960’s refer to a parent as “African.” Back in the sixties an African American parent was referred to as “Negro.” This Birth Certificate is Totally Fake!

  9. You have the Ip address,Rockford IL.
    So whats your point????

  10. Jim Yeager

    Alma: “I’ve worked as a secretary for a city recorders office for many years and never saw a birth certificate from the 1960’s refer to a parent as “African.””

    Have you worked as a secretary for a city recorder’s office in Hawaii? As hard as it may be to believe, different states (and even different counties) often use different terminologies and different forms.

    “Back in the sixties an African American parent was referred to as “Negro.””

    I don’t doubt that the forms you’ve seen refer to African American parents as “negro,” but that really doesn’t apply in this case (and not just for the above noted reasoning). Barack Obama’s father wasn’t African American, he was African.

  11. Mr. Yeager,
    Your spin amuses me. The word “Negro” was commonplace in the 1960’s, throughout the 50 states describing an African American parent or parents.
    If you were from Africa, your ethnicity was described as “Negro”–just as someone from the Japan was described as “Asian.”

  12. Jim Yeager

    Alma: Your ignorance is getting less amusing to me.

    Besides the fact that no one has ever come from “the Japan,” the description of “Asian” would still be accurate as Japan is in Asia. Just as Kenya is in Africa, thus making someone from Kenya an African.

    Do you have any other reason to believe the birth certificate is fake, or is your opinion entirely based on the fact that you haven’t seen another birth certificate with the word “African” on it?

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