Someone posted in comments here a link to the Borowitz Report, a satiric web site that on occasion pokes fun at birthers, in particular to the article: Positive Economic Sign, Republicans Starting to Say Obama Wasn’t Born in US Again. In that article, Borowitz talks about a correlation between birtherism and economic growth.
What started as a joke is getting some legs as real economists crunch the numbers. Ology.com reports:
A writer at the New York Times crunched the rough numbers and came up with the same result as Borowitz: as the economy, specifically unemployment, improves, so does the frequency and intensity of questions over Obama’s citizenship.
The results are presented in an article at the aptly-named macroeconomics blog, The Big Picture. According to The Big Picture:
Now, with the job numbers rising again, so are the birther stories. So far in March there are 263 articles, putting us on a pace to break the monthly record set in April 2011 when Donald Trump was trying to be the birther candidate.