It’s hard being a Kansan. There are all the Dorothy and Toto jokes, tornados and severe thunderstorms. And the whole state is not flat no matter what you have been told. Misconceptions aside, I love Kansas. The people, history, landscape, and the nature, it’s really a good place to live. But sometimes our elected officials do some really questionable stuff. Like the State Board of Education requiring creationism be taught in schools and the Governor shutting down the Kansas Arts Commission.
It was brought to my attention by Kay Bell that the State Objections Board headed by the Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach is considering removing President Obama from the ballot in Kansas. Despite a long and short version of the President’s birth certificate, and contemporary newspaper announcements of his birth, Kobach wants more proof that the President is a U.S. citizen. The Objections Board is looking into the issue at the request of a taxpayer who has since withdrawn his request. The Board will meet on Monday to consider the withdrawal request and their next step.
The Birther issue is just another frivolous legal argument. At least it will make explaining frivolous tax arguments easier to explain to clients. And it's a sad example of our tax dollars at work.
UPDATE: The Objections Board has voted to allow President Obama on the November ballot.