Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Birther Bill

When I first heard about Arizona's "Birther Bill" my eyes rolled back and rattled in my head. Those wacky Arizonans. Then I found out that in March 2009 a Republican (who else?) had introduced H.R. 1503 to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to include:

in the case of a principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President, a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under section 5 of article II of the Constitution.'.

And, if passed as written, it would be effective for the next election.

Effective Date- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to the election for the office of President held in 2012 and each succeeding election for the office of President.

Representative Posey of Florida managed to garner 11 cosponsors along the way. It has been sitting in the House Committee on House Administration since its introduction on March 12, 2009, so evidently there is still some sanity left in the House. I wish that were true in Arizona, or Georgia for that matter. It appears that state has also climbed aboard the birther wagon.

I am not sure which is worse; living in a state governed by thoroughly corrupt political hacks who need to be ejected, or living in a state filled with a sufficient number of wingnuts to make consideration of such a bill possible.

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