Birther Donald Trump Fails His Own Citizenship Test

I’m really not sure what chance Donald Trump has at winning the GOP nomination in 2012 but this probably won’t help.

Trump has been making the rounds pandering to the Tea Billie crowd by calling into question Barack Obama’s citizenship even going so far as to release his own birth certificate to make his point. Only one problem, apparently the document he presented isn’t an official document.

The paper that Trump released says “Jamaica Hospital” on top and lists the date and time of what he says was his birth to “Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Trump.” The piece of paper has a seal at the bottom.

But after several New York City-based readers contacted POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman, her call to city officials revealed that an actual birth certificate, which is issued by the Department of Health, would have the agency’s seal and also a signature of the city registrar – neither of which the Trump document has. Officials said the city Health Department is the “sole issuing authority” of official birth certificates in New York, and that the document would clearly say so, and “city officials said it’s not an official document.”

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How To Tell Who's In Charge

How does one know that a state is firmly in Rethuglican control without having to do much research? I would say the easiest way would be when you read that their House passes a discriminatory voter ID bill where a concealed carry permit is listed as one of the acceptable forms of ID…

And as if you really needed to ask, yes of course it is Texas.

Addendum as if you needed more evidence: Same state. House  working on a bill that would outlaw discrimination against creationists.

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GOP Wants To Use The IRS To Fight Abortion

While our Governor decides on whether or not to sign South Dakota’s latest bill aimed at making abortion all but impossible here, the GOP in Washington have put forward their latest attempt to combat choice. They want to sic the IRS on women getting the procedure.

Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have to investigate whether certain terminated pregnancies were the result of rape or incest. And one tax expert says that the measure could even lead to questions on tax forms: Have you had an abortion? Did you keep your receipt?

In testimony to a House taxation subcommittee on Wednesday, Thomas Barthold, the chief of staff of the nonpartisan Joint Tax Committee, confirmed that one consequence of the Republicans’ “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would be to turn IRS agents into abortion cops—that is, during an audit, they’d have to detemine, from evidence provided by the taxpayer, whether any tax benefit had been inappropriately used to pay for an abortion.

 

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Compassionate Conservatism

Minnesota’s GOP targets the state’s poor by introducing the latest in a seemingly never ending number of crazy bills that have hit since they took control of many state legislatures.

Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all.

On March 15, Angel Buechner of the Welfare Rights Committee testified in front of the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee on House File 171. Buechner told committee members, “We would like to address the provision that makes it illegal for MFIP [one of Minnesota’s welfare programs] families to withdraw cash from the cash portion of the MFIP grant – and in fact, appears to make it illegal for MFIP families to have any type of money at all in their pockets. How do you expect people to take care of business like paying bills such as lights, gas, water, trash and phone?”

House File 171 would make it so that families on MFIP – and disabled single adults on General Assistance and Minnesota Supplemental Aid – could not have their cash grants in cash or put into a checking account. Rather, they could only use a state-issued debit card at special terminals in certain businesses that are set up to accept the card.

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Wisconsin Dems No Longer Allowed to Vote In Committees

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald apparently has decided that a democracy no longer works in Wisconsin stating that the committee votes cast by Democrats will not be counted.

Please note that all 14 Democrat senators are still in contempt of the Senate. Therefore, when taking roll call votes on amendments and bills during executive sessions, Senate Democrats’ votes will not be reflected in the Records of Committee Proceedings or the Senate Journal. They are free to attend hearings, listen to testimony, debate legislation, introduce amendments, and cast votes to signal their support/opposition, but those votes will not count, and will not be recorded.

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One Plan To Replace Low Wage Illegal Workers

Ever wonder what this country would do to replace the low wage/low skilled illegal immigrant work force if the wingnuts got their way and kicked them all out of the country? A bill introduced last month in the Missouri legislature might provide some insight.

SB 222 – This act modifies the child labor laws. It eliminates the prohibition on employment of children under age fourteen. Restrictions on the number of hours and restrictions on when a child may work during the day are also removed. It also repeals the requirement that a child ages fourteen or fifteen obtain a work certificate or work permit in order to be employed. Children under sixteen will also be allowed to work in any capacity in a motel, resort or hotel where sleeping accommodations are furnished. It also removes the authority of the director of the Division of Labor Standards to inspect employers who employ children and to require them to keep certain records for children they employ. It also repeals the presumption that the presence of a child in a workplace is evidence of employment.

(via Pharyngula)

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Definitely No US History Major

Tea Billie darling Michele Bachmann is many things but US history buff doesn’t seem to be one of them. Speaking in New Hampshire, the state with the first primary, she decided to show off her ignorance in front of a crowd of a few local Conservative activists.

“What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty,” the potential GOP presidential candidate said. “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history.”

Oops, seems that Ms. Bachmann might want to add US history to the Constitution class she provides to US House members as last time I checked the battles of Lexington and Concord were in Massachusetts but why let facts get in the way?

Can you say President Bachmann?

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