Forget consumer confidence, housing starts, unemployment, and other measures of economic growth.
There's a new index in town.
It's the frequency of claims that President Obama was not born in the U.S.
And it's rising.
The S&P Birther Index was created by Harland Dorinson, an all-purpose expert created by comedian Andy Borowitz. His findings were first reported in the satirical Borowitz Report, but are destined to be picked up by scores of unsuspecting pundits because they make so much sense.
There's even a good chance the Birther Index will be challenged by the talking heads on Fox News at some point. Then it will really take off. It could even make it into the little crawl at the bottom of MSBNC's evening talk-fests.
Indeed, the economy does seem to be getting better. And in recent weeks, Republicans have begun renewing their claims that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
As previously reported here, Republicans are about twice as likely as other voters to believe President Obama was not born in the U.S.
Coincidence? I think not.
But, as Dorinson/Borowitz notes, “We won’t be fully in a recovery until the Republicans start calling him a Wiccan.”