Taxpayers Footing The Bill For Sex Change Surgery For Convicted, Imprisoned Murderer

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Sure. Why not? It’s not like we have $16 trillion in national debt and more entitlement obligations than we could ever hope to pay for.

Robert Kosilek was married to a woman. Then he murdered her and went to prison, where he changed his name to Michelle and began identifying as a woman.

Now a federal judge in Boston has ruled that Kosilek is entitled to a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation because he has “gender-identity disorder.”

“Everybody has the right to have their health care needs met, whether they are in prison or out on the streets,” the AP quotes Kosilek as saying. “People in the prisons who have bad hearts, hips or knees have surgery to repair those things. My medical needs are no less important or more important than the person in the cell next to me

There was once an era when “rights” were about protecting an individual from the collective. These days it seems “rights” are all about imposing obligations to the individual on the collective.

It’s as though we’ve concluded that everyone has a right to live at the expense of everyone else. Or, at least, at the expense of the half of society that pays all the taxes.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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