The birther who blogs as Butterdezillion is the bane of all things Hawaii Department of Health, and one of her latest creations is a bad smell issued about Loretta Fuddy, the Director of the Hawaii Department of Health. She says Fuddy created a string of fake birth certificates renumbered to make a place to insert one she created for Obama.
The State of Hawaii requires financial disclosure from its top officials and the 2011 and 2012 disclosure forms from Fuddy are online (since the death of Director Fuddy, her financial statements were removed from the State of Hawaii web site).
Following the Birther Peter Principle, the birther digs into the details until they find something they don’t understand, and then declare fraud. Birther theorizing came up with the idea for a possible motive for Fuddy to fake the certificates. Here’s what Butterdezillion said in a Free Republic thread:
When it comes to the financial stuff I am a total moron
But she warms up to the fraud angle nonetheless. What they don’t understand is how Dr. Fuddy could buy an apartment valued at $500,000 and pay down some debt on her $100,000 salary. Wow was it a payoff for making, as birthers claim, for fake birth certificates?
I’m not a total moron financially, but I’m not an expert on financial disclosure statements. It would be highly unethical for me to spin a conspiracy theory when I couldn’t fact-check myself. Irresponsible accusations are evil.
Never mind the fact that the previous Republican director of the Department of Health, Dr. Fukino, said in an official statement that Obama’s birth records were already on file in accordance with state regulations. Never mind Hawaii’s Republican governor Linda Lingle said the same.
This crank theory is just another excuse to stay in denial and continue to raise bogus issues.
I am adding a reader comment from Butterfly Bilderberg, who is well-qualified to read financial disclosures:
It seems few know how to read a financial disclosure, so let me help. It is really an abbreviated form of a balance sheet. By looking at the assets and matching them up with debt, from one year to the next, a financial story unfolds. Also, public records are available to fill in the gaps or to provide additional information, particularly real property transactions that are recorded in the local tax and land records.
As gorefan pointed out, Dr. Fuddy has owned the condominium since AT LEAST 1993. A visit to the “Property Search” section of the Honolulu County and City Tax Assessor’s website is all that is required to confirm this. (The condo is Parcel No. 170090370007). She originally paid $409,900 in 1993, as the “Sales History” tells us. No big surprise, then, that after 20 years the condo has a present ASSESSED VALUE (also shown at the assessor’s site) of $498,100, as the “Assessed Values” tab informs us. We also know that Dr. Fuddy holds title in fee simple as a trustee, see “Parcel Data.”
How can she afford this property on her salary? Gee, like most people, she carries a mortgage. Two, in fact. A first mortgage held by Bank of America (as Dr. Fuddy disclosed on both forms) and a second mortgage home equity line of credit from the Hawaii Federal Credit Union (also disclosed).
What else can we learn from these two disclosures? For one thing, she refinanced the Bank of America loan between the 2011 disclosure and the 2012 disclosure, using some of the equity to pay down the outstanding principal. She also paid off her credit cards and, from the 2012 disclosure, it appears that she did this with her HELOC — note that her $25,000 in credit card debt in 2011 disappeared in 2012 — during the same period that the HELOC balance went from $62,000 to $98,000.
Another thing that the birthers are all excited about are the “gift” disclosures. These were not cash gifts (or, as the birthers believe, bribe money), but rather represent the cost of expense-paid travel to work-related conferences. Nothing nefarious, as the sponsor of a conference usually picks up the tab for travel, meals and lodging for invited speakers and panel members. Dr. Fuddy itemized the trips and in fact overdisclosed two trips outside the date range required by the 2011 disclosure form and duplicated four or five trips on the 2012 form.