"Birther" Bill Clears Arizona House Committee

As Arizona remains in the throes of a budget crisis, Skull Valley Representative Judy Burges spends much of her time getting down to the important stuff.

Her solution to fix the budget crisis is a legislative gem known as the "I didn't pay enough fund," where Burges expects taxpayers to voluntarily donate money to the state government.

Fat chance, lady.

Burges also proposed a bill this session that would require the Arizona secretary of state to verify a presidential candidate's birth certificate before the candidate's name is allowed on a ballot in Arizona. That bill passed the House government committee yesterday.

As we noted in a previous post about the bill, we're not saying that wanting to prove a candidate is a naturally born American citizen -- as required by law to run for President of the United States -- is a bad thing. The problem, however, is that the move seems to be in direct response to the controversy over Obama's citizenship and the right-wing-conspiracy-theorist "birther" movement.

"Birthers" claim that Obama was born in Kenya, and therefore is not eligible to be president, despite several investigations into the legitimacy of his Hawaiian birth certificate.

In past interviews, Burges also told Capitol Media Services that she "has suspicions about Obama's loyalties, including bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia and a quote from his book (taken out of context) that when it came down to it, Obama would be on the side of Muslims.

Sounds like someone's seen The Manchurian Candidate too many times.

The bill now heads to the full House.

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