The birther tax | Arkansas Blog

The birther tax



Hawaiian legislators, tired of the debate over whether or not President Barack Obama was born in their country and facing devastating budget deficits, have come up with a bill to let anyone get a hold of the president's birth records, but at a cost of $100. The state health department gets up to five requests per week, down from about 20 a year ago. From the Honolulu Star Advertiser:

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, [Rep. Rida] Cabanilla said.

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

Add a comment