Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Your tax dollars at work?

In 1990, Robert Kosilek, 41, strangled his wife Cheryl, 36, and dumped her body in a parking lot. Three years later, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole.

This achievement, we are told, entitles Kosilek to a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation. And taxpayers who don't want to pay for "Michelle" Kosilek's surgery are infringing on her constitutional rights:
Not satisfied with his taxpayer-funded female hormones and laser hair removal, a convicted killer-turned-transsexual is again asking the state to pony up to complete his transformation into a woman.
Robert Kosilek, who is serving life in prison for strangling his wife, was back in federal court yesterday, again demanding that the state Department of Correction pay for his sex-change operation. ....
Kosilek, 57, claims he is suicidal and needs the sex change for “medical” reasons.
A psychiatrist testified in federal court that Kosilek - who is now known as Michelle - will kill himself if the surgery is not allowed.
Just a few questions about this case:
  • When a convicted murderer threatens to kill himself, is suicide prevention really in the taxpayers' best interest?
  • Why is a federal judge wasting his time hearing this ridiculous claim? Who granted killers the right to demand any such thing from the taxpayers? (Can you guess?)Robert/"Michelle" has "three hots and a cot" -- and, one might imagine, a very lively social life -- while the late Mrs. Kosilek has been dead for 16 years. Whatever happened to justice?
  • Does thinking that the Kosilek case is absurd make us hateful bigots? I don't think so.
Three years ago, Northwest University professor Michael Bailey angered many transgender activist with his federally-funded research. In writing news articles about that particular "your tax dollars at work" episode, I interviewed activist Dr. Lynn Conway and exchanged e-mails with free-market economist Dr. Deirdre McCloskey, both of whom have undergone what is known as sex-reassignment surgery (SRS). They both seemed like very nice people, and accused Bailey of engaging in unethical research -- using Chicago transsexuals as his unwitting guinea pigs and then violating their privacy -- at the expense of federal taxpayers.

I'll ask Dr. Conway and Dr. McCloskey what they think about about the Kosilek case, but I'm reasonably sure they will agree that it's absurd for taxpayers to be funding such treatment for a convicted killer. This is especially true given that there are probably hundreds, if not thousands of people who would dearly love to have such sex-change surgery if they could afford it (it's quite expensive).

What the ACLU wants in the Kosilek case is really quite dangerous: If you want taxpayers to pick up the tab for your hormone treatment, laser hair removal and SRS -- just murder your wife, and you're covered!

So it goes with the Killer Queen of Cellblock C ....

-- McCAIN

Also blogging Robert "Killer Queen" Kosilek: Snarky Bastards, Wizbang, Stop the ACLU ...

Don't know why I'm reminded of this (maybe the prison angle), but gay voters in Georgia are expected to turn out in droves to defeat Ralph Reed.