Under Proposed Bill, People Would Be Able to Shell Out $100 to Get Proof of Where Obama Was Born

A bill being proposed in Hawaii would kill two birds with one stone, appeasing crazy Obama "birthers" by proving where the president was born  while raising some much-needed cash for a struggling state government.

The AP reports that the bill, being introduced in the state legislature by five local Democrats, would change privacy laws "barring the release of birth records unless the requester is someone with a tangible interest, such as a close family member or a court." For a mere $100, anyone would be able to see Obama's birth record, which clearly shows he was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii (not Kenya). The AP:

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who was a friend of Obama's parents and knew him as a child, said last month he wanted to release more of the state's birth information about Obama. But he ended the effort last week when the state attorney general told him that privacy laws bar disclosure of an individual's birth documentation without the person's consent.

The new legislation to release records may run into similar legal problems because of Hawaii's strong constitutional privacy protections, said Rep. John Mizuno, a co-sponsor of the bill.

"If people really want to confirm Barack Obama is born in Hawaii, that's fine," Mizuno said. "I don't have a problem with looking at innovative ways to bring revenue to the state. The taxpayers deserve a break."

The $100 fee would help offset the extra work by state employees who handle frequent phone calls and e-mails from people who believe Obama was born elsewhere, Cabanilla said.

Apparently the number of "birther" requests state employees receive has declined from 10-20 per week at the beginning of 2010 to 0-5 per week now.

Birthers could also save themselves a hundred clams by performing this amazing investigative journalism technique called "Googling." Obama's birth certificate has been widely available on the Internet since the Obama campaign released the document back in 2008. See for yourself:



AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at January 28, 2011, 7:15am

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