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Say it ain’t so – Is the birther movement dead?

The judge in Georgia, who was wasting his time listening to this bogus case, decided that he has had enough.

From Outside the Beltway:

The birther movement suffered yet another totally predictable setback yesterday when a Georgia Administrative Law Judge ruled that President Obama was eligible to be President under the Constitution and would appear on Georgia’s ballot:

President Barack Obama’s name will remain on the Georgia primary ballot after a state law judge flatly rejected legal challenges that contend he can not be a candidate.

In a 10-page order, Judge Michael Malihi dismissed one challenge that contended Obama has a computer-generated Hawaiian birth certificate, a fraudulent Social Security number and invalid U.S. identification papers. He also turned back another that claimed the president is ineligible to be a candidate because his father was not a U.S. citizen at the time of Obama’s birth.

The findings by Malihi, a judge for the State Office of Administrative Hearings, go to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who will make the final determination. Last month, at a hearing boycotted by Obama’s lawyer, Malihi considered complaints brought by members of the so-called “birther” movement.

With regard to the challenge that Obama does not have legitimate birth and identification papers, Malihi said he found the evidence “unsatisfactory” and “insufficient to support plaintiffs’ allegations.”

A number of the witnesses who testified about the alleged fraud were never qualified as experts in birth records, forged documents and document manipulation and “none … provided persuasive testimony,” Malihi wrote.

Addressing the other claim that contends Obama cannot be a candidate because his father was never a U.S. citizen, Malihi said he was persuaded by a 2009 ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals decision that struck down a similar challenge. In that ruling, the Indiana court found that children born within the U.S. are natural-born citizens, regardless of the citizenry of their parents.

Obama “became a citizen at birth and is a natural-born citizen,” Malihi wrote. Accordingly, Obama is eligible as a candidate for the upcoming presidential primary in March, the judge said.

By |2012-02-06T23:20:57-04:00February 6th, 2012|Obama administration|2 Comments

How safe is your information? Use a copier?

I had no idea that most modern copy machines have a digital hard drive. So, everything is stored. In a way that’s great. In another way, that is very bad. What is the protocol at these Quik-Copy places? What about a check stub that you copied at work? All of your information is on that stub – address, social security number, etc. Not good.

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By |2010-04-30T23:43:31-04:00April 30th, 2010|Civil Liberty, Domestic Issues|Comments Off on How safe is your information? Use a copier?

What's that foul smell? Oh, it's Baucus' bill!

So Senator Max Baucus held hearings on health care reform back in November and December. He has been working on a bipartisan bill for months. He has heard what the president wants and knows that President Obama does not want the middle-class to bear the brunt of this “reform.” I’ve not had a chance to completely go through the 223 pages of America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009.

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From the Wonk Room:

Would federal dollars be used to fund abortion? No. Federal subsidies cannot be used to cover abortions that do not involve rape or incest. All abortion procedures would have to be financed through private premiums.

Are illegal immigrants eligible for coverage and government subsidies? Illegal immigrants are exempt from the mandate and would not be eligible to purchase coverage within the Exchange; they’re relegated to the individual market (which would shrink but would presumably have the same protections as the Exchange.) Legal permanent residents with incomes below 100% of the federal poverty are ineligible for Exchange subsidies and (presumably, following existing law) have to wait five years before qualifying for Medicaid. Thus, for the first five years of their residency, most legal immigrants may remain uninsured.

What are the verification requirements? To obtain coverage within the Exchange, an applicant’s “name, social security number, and date of birth will be verified with Social Security Administration (SSA) data.” “For individuals who do not claim to be U.S. citizens but claim to be lawfully present in the United States, if the claim of lawful presence is consistent with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data then the claim will be considered substantiated”

Is tort reform part of the bill? Yes, states are encouraged “to develop and test alternatives to the current civil litigation system as a way of improving patient safety, reducing medical errors, encouraging the efficient resolution of disputes, increasing the availability of prompt and fair resolution of disputes, and improving access to liability insurance, while preserving an individual‘s right to seek redress in court.”

Who will finance Medicaid expansion? Beginning in 2014, “additional Federal financial assistance would be provided to all states to defray the costs of covering newly-eligible beneficiaries.” The Federal government would pay states on a sliding scale. “States that offer minimal or no coverage of the newly-eligible population currently would receive more assistance initially than those states that currently cover at least some non-elderly, non-pregnant individuals.” The states that already cover more than 133% FPL (like Maine, for instance) would still receive extra federal assistance, but they would see less money than states that just offer the bare minimum Medicaid coverage.

I’ll have more in the coming days. At first glance, this bill is looking like a corporate giveaway.

By |2009-09-17T04:56:43-04:00September 17th, 2009|Healthcare|Comments Off on What's that foul smell? Oh, it's Baucus' bill!
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