Senator Shelby (R-AL) Is Certifiable.

February 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Economy, senate | Leave a comment
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Lock at Wheeler Dam, Alabama, June 1942.

Lock at Wheeler Dam, Alabama, June 1942.

The people of Alabama should ask themselves whether having a senator as unhinged as Richard Shelby is really in their best interests.

Despite having several weeks to review the stimulus bill, Senator Shelby didn’t read it before he voted or since, as he explained to some of his constituents the other day:

(Culman Times) Shelby said he opposed the bill mainly because it requires the country to borrow billions for what he considers to be wasteful spending. In addition, he said he opposed the bill because nobody really knows yet where all the money will be going.

“Nobody’s read it yet,” Shelby said.

How does he know the bill contains wasteful spending if he has not read it?

The bill has been available to read online all during this process and the final bill is available for anyone to read. Many people have read it but not Senator Shelby who, nevertheless, feels qualified to declare it a very bad bill.

Shelby’s neglect of his duties is a troubling sign but that’s not why I think he’s certifiable. No, what brings me to that conclusion is his willingness to publicly question whether President Obama is a United States citizen:

(Culman Times) Another local resident asked Shelby if there was any truth to a rumor that appeared during the presidential campaign concerning Obama’s U.S. citizenship, or lack thereof.

“Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate,” Shelby said. “You have to be born in America to be president.”

RNC Chair Michael Steele said recently, “You have absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions at this point.”

Shelby is a living example that what Steele said is true.

Alabama, you can do better.

UPDATE: Ben Smith at Politico got in touch with Shelby’s office ask about Shelby’s statement concerning President Obama’s citizenship. Shelby’s spokesman, Jonathan Graffeo put out this release:

The Cullman Times article contains an incomplete account, and therefore a distortion, of Sen. Shelby’s comments regarding President Obama’s citizenship. At the town hall meeting in Cullman, Sen. Shelby laid out the Constitutional qualifications for the Presidency and said that, while he hasn’t personally seen the President’s birth certificate, he is confident that the matter has been thoroughly examined.

Oh, well, that makes it all right then.


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