I’m on the fence about the “birther” issue. There seems to be a lot of FUD on both sides. But it appears as if proposed new State Department rules regarding passports will make it easier to run for president than to visit Canada.
Olga sez, “The U.S. Dept of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for passport applicants: proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history, personal details of siblings; mother’s addresses prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around time of birth, circumstances of birth including names (as well as addresses/phone numbers) of persons present, & more. Failure to answer can mean denial of passport, & govt reserves right to use this info for ‘routine uses.
One of my major gripes about George W. Bush was the expansion of government through things like Homeland Security, so some blame for this can be traced back to his administration. But Bush is no longer in office, so the buck stops at the Obama White House on this one. Here’s a phrase you’ll hear a lot from me: Fascism comes from the left. Behold, an example.