Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pursuit of birther issue wastes AZ tax dollars

Americans who still consider themselves birthers are either a little dense or a little racist - or both.  For Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to feed whatever it is that drives them by asking Hawaii officials to confirm that President Obama was born there is blatant politicking at its worst.

You see, Bennett is probably running for governor next time around and he doesn't want to miss any of those Tea Party votes.  

His decision prompted Arizona Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts to remind us (in the Saturday, May 19 edition) that Arizona's reputation as the "loopiest, looniest oh-so-laughable state in the land" is secure.

Of course, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is wasting taxpayer dollars that could be used on those uninvestigated sex crimes, is firmly behind Bennett.  He says his office continues to investigate the matter of where our President was born.

What's most amazing is that Bennett sees some kind of conspiracy in the fact that Hawaii is pretty much ignoring him - despite the fact that the state passed a law in 2010 allowing officials to do so.

They did it because the state was being overwhelmed by similar requests from various and sundry wingnuts.  We assume Hawaii lawmakers decided their money could better be used investigating sex crimes.

One can only hope that sane people really are in the majority in Arizona and at some point are going to rise up and say, "We're not going to take it any more."

Until then, we join Roberts in lamenting the good old days "when we were just known as the Grand Canyon State."

[Gazette Blog Editor's note: to read Roberts' column, headlined "Once again, Arizona is the nation's laughingstock," click  For home delivery of The Arizona Republic, the best newspaper value in the Rim Country, call 1-800-332-6733.]


Anonymous said...

Bennett doesn't get that he has no authority over qualifying candidates for federal elections. the 12th amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how IGNORANT this article is... not to mention the person who wrote it!

You 0bama zombies can go on trying to lie and cover his ass all you wish but it doesn't change the FACTS. According to 0bama himself, his father was a Kenyan born British subject at the time of 0bama's birth, WHEREVER THAT WAS REALLY ISN'T AN ISSUE because the fact about his father's citizenship is enough to disqualify him from holding the highest office in the land, according to our constitution... THE LAW OF THIS LAND.
Anyone holding this office must be born of TWO citizen parents on American soil. 0bama does not qualify, no dispute... he's holding office illegally.

You can call names all you want to those you wish to demonize but the facts are the facts... and those ignoring them, look like complete morons for doing so. OBAMA IS LAUGHING AT HIS BUNCH OF USEFUL IDIOTS!

Unknown said...

Bennett was born in Tucson into a family that were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

He replaced Jan Brewer when she left the office of Arizona Secretary of State and just rides up the ladder on her coat tails.

He's related to former Utah Sen. Bob Bennett who was ousted by the Tea Party and replaced with Mike Lee who just lost his expensive house in Alpine to a short sale by the bank.

They're all a bunch of religious nutcases.

Anonymous said...

The Secretary of State "Serves as Chief Election Officer for the State and certifies candidates..." I cannot imagine what it would mean to "certify candidates" other than to certify that someone who wants to be on a ballot in Arizona actually qualifies. So, what qualifies for running for president? Article 2, Section 1, of the Constitution states in the 6th clause, "No person except a natural born Citizen...shall be eligible to the office of President..."

Anonymous said...

To "Unknown",
You do not "lose" your house to a short sale by the bank. You lose your house in a foreclosure. A short sale is not a blight on the character of the homeowner. It just means that the value of the home is lower than the mortgage balance and the bank has agreed to accept, as payoff, what the home can sell for from the owner.

Noble said...

There is NO mention in the U.S. Constitution about a requirement that a candidate for Presidency be born of U.S. citizens!
The dimwit calling himself Anonymous may, perhaps be illiterate. That's no excuse, however.