The ‘birther’ bill and an image of second thoughts

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When state Rep. Mark Hatfield, R-Waycross, dropped his bill to require next year presidential candidates to provide hard proof of their birth on U.S. soil, the paperwork contained the signatures of 93 of his House colleagues – 92 of them Republican.

Word of House Speaker David Ralston’s coolness toward the legislation spread through the Capitol on Wednesday. Those concerned with the Port of Savannah made their opinions known.

By the end of Thursday, at least 23 House members had changed their minds, according to my AJC colleague April Hunt – and the above image of blotted out, former supporters.

For a PDF of the above image, click here. For a look at the original, click here.

John Meadows, chairman of the House Rules Committee, which determines what legislation goes to the floor, was the first to remove his name this morning.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Jingo Riptide

March 3rd, 2011
7:25 pm

It’s the economy, stupids.

cs

March 3rd, 2011
7:35 pm

Well Duh

March 3rd, 2011
7:36 pm

Didn’t the Georgia unemployment rate go up to 10.4% again today? Seems Georgia lawmakers have more important tasks to focus on.

the mehlman rings twice

March 3rd, 2011
7:39 pm

Nothing like the prospect of federal money for the Port of Savannah to make these clowns throw their loyal tribe under the bus. Hahaha!

Cutty

March 3rd, 2011
7:40 pm

No spine. All talk. Anything for a vote. Raise taxes for the working stiff any which way you can think of. Cut taxes for the suckers in suits who want to talk about socialism, while getting the most from government. Most of these politicians will get reelected.

The feds cut taxes, while the Georgia republicans are scheming up every which way to raise taxes. Without a vibrant opposing party, this is the type of crap you get.

Baker

March 3rd, 2011
7:42 pm

None of them saw this coming?

Holly

March 3rd, 2011
7:48 pm

What’s awesome is that they are passing dumb bills like this when we have REAL issues in Georgia. The best part was all this talk about the Port of Savannah and a Savannah area legislator (Purcell) was one of the original co-signers. I guess she doesn’t want the Port deepened.

bart

March 3rd, 2011
8:00 pm

Why in the name of God aren’t these idiots concentrating on jobs, the economy, education, transportation, and water issues???

Georgia Voter

March 3rd, 2011
8:01 pm

They should all be ashamed of themselves for signing it in the first place.

Public Private

March 3rd, 2011
8:04 pm

Our Public Private Partnerships for transportation are hangng on by the thinnest of threads. After 20 months, Georgia is within an eyelash of concluding the largest project in the history of the state. It’s the $1.2B Wes by Northwest managed lane project fro I-285 north up I-75 past I-575. I means 10,000 jobs and much needed congestion relief to one of the most congested corridors in the south.

Georgia desperately needs the Feds to grant this project a TIFIA loan. It will mean a $100M savings to the state. Georgia’s application was due in Wednesday at 4pm. So what do the morons in the House do? They drop a “birther” bill Wednesday afternoon. I’m quite sure that went over like a t*rd in the punch bowl up in DC. At the LEAST, this just cost Georgia $100M, and at the worst, kills the project along with 10,000 jobs. Nice going 94 GOP morons.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 3rd, 2011
8:05 pm

For a “political insider”, you sure harp on non issues like how many co-sponsors a bill has..

MEANWHILE, back under the dome..

Georgia’s House followed Arizona’s lead Thursday, convincingly passing stringent new legislation targeting illegal immigrants and those who harbor them here.

In a largely party-line vote of 113-56, the Republican-controlled chamber approved House Bill 87, also called the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011.

Hey, Barry Hussein-O,…

YES WE CAN, and YES WE DID!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 3rd, 2011
8:12 pm

And we all know Hussein-O is a laughable, horrible, ignorable “leader”, and probably quite the jackass on a personal basis (what kind of narcissistic god complex compels one to write TWO autobiographies after less than 2 years in the senate and basically scaming for ACORN before that), no matter where he was born..thats why I never became a birther..

Whether born in Kenya or Hawaii, we know he was indoctrinated by Biff Soetoro and the madrassa in Indonesia, and even worse, Harvard(white western culture is bad mmmkay? aka..grade inflation U) and the resultant collectivist idiot is still bad..

cborgia

March 3rd, 2011
8:20 pm

We ought to consider what the motivation of our representatives is whenever they engage in this kind of activity. Clearly, their goal is re-election. Just as clearly, they believe that this kind of anile posturing will have a positive impression on a majority of their constituents. This implies that they think Georgia is a poor backward ignorant sort of place, and they we are a collection of credulous idiots with such small experience of the world that we’ll believe any chicken little fairy tale they run up the flagpole. I’ve had to accept being cheated by my representatives from both parties, but I ‘m not accustomed to being openly treated like a fool, and I don’t intend to get acclimated to it.

cborgia

March 3rd, 2011
8:29 pm

Uh, Trish, Harvard grads aren’t by and large socialists. They tend to be quite wealthy and many of them look down on the rest of us from Olympian heights, at least in their own minds. The are on the average hard nosed, ego driven, and quite capable. The problem with Obama is not that he was indoctrinated in a madrassa (laughable) or learned to reject Western culture at Harvard Law (what are you smoking?). Quite simply, he is a Harvard educated lawyer and out for #1. That’s only one step up from being a Yalie skull-and-bonesman.

E.Dunwody

March 3rd, 2011
8:37 pm

Amazing how everyone is ready to complain about federal spending and the taxes that support it—until they’re reminded that some of that Federal largesse could be a useful thing in economic development in their state. Then it’s “may I have some more please”? I’m sure the TPs in the rest of the country would be outraged, OUTRAGED, if they had any inkling THEIR tax dollars were headed to Georgia for a guvmint project.

Do you really care for GA?

March 3rd, 2011
8:42 pm

The citizens of Mississippi and Alabama are now saying, “at least we are not Georgia”.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 3rd, 2011
9:04 pm

To the contrary, they are largely collectivist, and anti white western culture(at least until they graduate and make some cash)..and the faculty are far worse, they simply see themselves as the elite who will administer the progressive social order on the masses, for their own good of course..Ask yourself why they have not had ROTC for 45 years, but 35 faculty sponsors for the campus transgender alliance, and the yearly divestment from Israel protests for the endowment, while hosting Islamic fundamentalist speakers.

pn

March 3rd, 2011
9:14 pm

Political theater of the absurd.
The GA unemployment rate continues to climb–now at 10.4%.
And these nitwits pile on any crazed bandwagon that comes lurching their way.
To hell with the public’s pressing business and the unending nosedive of the GA economy.
This state might as well be run by eighth graders.

Kimberly

March 3rd, 2011
9:14 pm

Isn’t the party of “READ THE BILL” , didn’t I hear this chanted endlessly in 2010″ Bahahahhaha

Sexy Chablis

March 3rd, 2011
9:14 pm

Dish it, Trisha Disha! Girlfriend, I know you knows all about them Harvard men. Y’all better listen to her now. Ain’t nobody rolled through the night with more of ‘em than TRISH! She seen them without they legal briefs. Girlfriend! You do me proud.

cam

March 3rd, 2011
9:15 pm

Trisha,
You obviously hate people who are better educated and smarter than you are. It looks like you went to Auburn which explains it. Most people wouild be smarter than you.

Amazing

March 3rd, 2011
9:32 pm

Trish the War Eagle = Charlie Sheen; that is devoid of facts and out of touch with reality!

Flash

March 3rd, 2011
9:40 pm

I grieve for the state of Georgia. Last in education. Last in common sense, First to elect any questionable candidate with an R behind his name. Now, our state officials are more concerned with cheap theatrics than with actually leading at a time screaming out for leadership. Georgia has become an embarrassment to the nation.

td

March 3rd, 2011
9:57 pm

bart

March 3rd, 2011
8:00 pm
Why in the name of God aren’t these idiots concentrating on jobs, the economy, education, transportation, and water issues???

Jobs: If you believe state government has the power to create jobs then you will surely buy my ocean front property in Pickens county.

Economy: Remind me again how the state government can effect the national, no world economy.

Education: Please go and take a look at what Dr. Barge is doing in Education. Things are getting done but it give him a little time. He has been in office 51 days now.

Transportation: I am pretty sure there is a transportation legislation that is working its way through the legislature. Plus, when we get rid of all the illegals then the transportation needs will become less.

Water: I am pretty sure there is a bill for water and Deal has already had meeting (51 days) with Florida and Alabama. What else do you want? Now my solution for this problem and to raise some more transportation revenue is to put toll booths on all our interstates at the Florida boarder and charge $1 per car. We could make millions on all the passers through the state from all over the country and at the same time we would have something to hold over Florida.

EP

March 3rd, 2011
9:59 pm

They are all morons who don’t care about us. Shame on them. We need jobs, not birth certificates. If they can’t do it, then someone else will in the next election

td

March 3rd, 2011
10:00 pm

Flash

March 3rd, 2011
9:40 pm
I grieve for the state of Georgia. Last in education. Last in common sense, First to elect any questionable candidate with an R behind his name. Now, our state officials are more concerned with cheap theatrics than with actually leading at a time screaming out for leadership. Georgia has become an embarrassment to the nation.

If you are so embarrassed you do realize there are 49 other states, the district of Columbia and three territories you can live in?

td

March 3rd, 2011
10:02 pm

EP

March 3rd, 2011
9:59 pm
They are all morons who don’t care about us. Shame on them. We need jobs, not birth certificates. If they can’t do it, then someone else will in the next election

Please explain to me how the state government can create jobs?

ERB

March 3rd, 2011
10:06 pm

During the “Sunday Sales” conversations, I kept hearing about moving on to “more important things”…and this is the kind of bill that our legislators bring up. Sure am glad they’re not concerned about the tax money they’re losing on Sundays, and instead can concern themselves with nonsense like this.

Old Hippie

March 3rd, 2011
10:08 pm

Trisha, you’ve obviously never met or talked to members of the Harvard faculty or (since you went to Auburn), any other well-educated educator. Go back to tending your goat herd and watching Faux News.

Cutty

March 3rd, 2011
10:11 pm

“Plus, when we get rid of all the illegals then the transportation needs will become less.”

Puff, puff, pass!

EP

March 3rd, 2011
10:12 pm

The Financial, today, from a study by the US Chamber of Commerce says that states could produce over 750,000 jobs immediately if regulatory burdens were loosened.Those darn facts just seem to get in the way, don’t they? I thought that it was all about states rights. Are you suggesting that we accept Federal money???

Admit it

March 3rd, 2011
10:21 pm

Everybody knows there is something on Barry’s long form BC he doesn’t want exposed. Same for his school and other sealed records. His idolaters don’t care if he’s legitimate, others are intimidated, bought off or afraid of the consequences. Not surprising really in a nation as morally bankrupt as ours.

td

March 3rd, 2011
10:24 pm

EP

March 3rd, 2011
10:12 pm
The Financial, today, from a study by the US Chamber of Commerce says that states could produce over 750,000 jobs immediately if regulatory burdens were loosened.Those darn facts just seem to get in the way, don’t they? I thought that it was all about states rights. Are you suggesting that we accept Federal money???

Would that be federal or state regulations? I am betting that since it was a report of the US chamber then it is federal. Also, most conservatives are the ones pushing to reduce federal regulations (especially environmental, tax and worker requirements). BTW: just making sure you do understand the difference between the federal and Georgia congress?

Atlanta mom

March 3rd, 2011
10:27 pm

“Do you really care for GA?”
You said it best.
As we say in our house: these guys are really special.

Edward

March 3rd, 2011
10:28 pm

Evidently people like td aren’t embarrassed by being the laughingstock of the nation. They are proud to be represented by the dueling banjos of mediocrity.

Watching the GA state legislature is like the political version of the Charlie Sheen train wreck. Pass the popcorn, its only gonna get better!

Edward

March 3rd, 2011
10:32 pm

BTW, they still aren’t going after the people who HIRE the illegals… you know, all of the major GOP campaign contributors. How many illegals are working on Saxby Chambliss’ farms? All the chicken processing plants? Construction companies? They’re getting exemptions…. WHY?

EP

March 3rd, 2011
10:33 pm

td

It is about state regulators. Just read it. It is easy to google. My job greatly depends on people having jobs, so I really want the legislators to concentrate on jobs, not these crazy things. I’m not picking a fight, this is kinda fun!

red herring

March 3rd, 2011
10:35 pm

any person running for elected office should be required to show any and all documentation that is required to prove that they meet the qualifications of the office they seek in order to be placed on the ballot. it should be just that simple but i suppose the train had gone too far down the track and the democrats couldn’t produce an official birth certificate (not that actually think he wasn’t born in the U.S.. the people removing their names from this bill are cowards for not standing up for what is right. i suppose they grovel for more federal money to be put in the trough.

Real Athens

March 3rd, 2011
10:42 pm

Trish:

You’re right about that grade inflation. George Bush graduated form Harvard Business School.

td

March 3rd, 2011
10:43 pm

EP

March 3rd, 2011
10:33 pm

Just went to find the article and could not find but could not. COuld you post a link?

digging up dirt on obama

March 3rd, 2011
10:47 pm

if the clintons and panettas and bushes and roves – most of whom used to run the CIA – could not dig up enough dirt on Obama in the primaries, then I’m betting my mortgage on the fact that there ain’t no dirt to be found.

having said that – i don’t really give a damn if he was born on mars – if he can provide some good solutions to our spiraling healthcare and LEAD some cuts on entitlements and military (you know, the 70% of the budget that ALL of these wimps conveniently ignore).

BlondeHoney

March 3rd, 2011
10:47 pm

@red herring…oh please. My ancestors go back to the Revolutionary War and my state of New York birth certificate is no “long form”; it has the basics and nothing else. What is a “long form” anyway? I have never seen one. If I, as a white woman whose ancestors trace back to the founding fathers, ran for President I would not be asked for the documentation this President is. Shameful.

td

March 3rd, 2011
10:58 pm

Edward

March 3rd, 2011
10:28 pm
Evidently people like td aren’t embarrassed by being the laughingstock of the nation. They are proud to be represented by the dueling banjos of mediocrity.

Watching the GA state legislature is like the political version of the Charlie Sheen train wreck. Pass the popcorn, its only gonna get better!

This is your opinion and you know what they say about them. The vast majority of this state and around 50% of this nation agrees with my point of view. There are plenty of states that see things your way and may I suggest that if you are so embarrassed by this state that you could look into moving to one of them.

EP

March 3rd, 2011
10:59 pm

JustMe

March 3rd, 2011
11:12 pm

Finally – some of these idiots are coming to their senses!

JustMe

March 3rd, 2011
11:16 pm

Edward

March 3rd, 2011
10:28 pm
Evidently people like td aren’t embarrassed by being the laughingstock of the nation. They are proud to be represented by the dueling banjos of mediocrity.

LOL, Edward – I completely agree!

Before 2002 and we started electing Republicans right and left, Georgia was a pretty open minded state and we always had good, southern, conservative (but not too much so) Democrats representing us. Then 2002 happened, Perdue was elected and since then everything has just rapidly and with an ever-quickening pace has just gone completely downhill. I have lived in Georgia all my life and my family lives here, so I won’t leave, but I am really embarrassed by what this state has become.

Flash

March 3rd, 2011
11:18 pm

td If you have a valid point to make then do so. Making claims that can never be proven “50% of the nation agrees with my point of view” will get you nowhere. Telling people you disagree with to move is just plain childish. We just had elections in the state. Just about every single one of the newly elected STATE officials campaigned on creating jobs. Georgia is my home. I will call like I see it. Right now Georgia is a huge embarrassment to the entire nation.

td

March 3rd, 2011
11:19 pm

EP

March 3rd, 2011
10:59 pm

Thank you for the article. I went in to the actual report and it say:

Georgia ranks in Tier I, with a generally
favorable labor and employment-law climate
for new job creation.

It also states:

Factors contributing to the state’s “good” ranking:
Strong at-will employment doctrine
Overtime requirement set by federal law
No state prevailing wage provisions
Prohibition on local governments afecting
the wages and bene”ts provided by contractors
Strong right-to-work guarantees
State law protective of employer references
Acceptance of independent-contractor relationship

Looks to me the Georgia legislature is doing everything it can to set a good business enviroment.

td

March 3rd, 2011
11:22 pm

Here is the conclusion of the study:

Consistent with seeking to expand job growth to accommodate
the increased population, Georgia has few labor and employment
laws imposing additional requirements beyond federal standards.
Georgia’s statutes governing labor and employment matters make
it more conducive to new job creation than any other large state.
Georgia overtime requirements and protected leave
requirements follow federal law. Indeed, state law prohibits
even local municipalities from passing legislation affecting
wages and bene”ts of employers.
A strong right-to-work state, Georgia has a low private-sector
union density, with less than 3 percent of private-sector

EP

March 3rd, 2011
11:24 pm

Unfortunately it is not working, at least not noticeably