Weekly Posting of the Conservative Cow Doctor



Most agree foresight is the last function of a boy’s brain to develop. Some never develop this high-end cognitive skill, so they become politicians. I will address the boy thing first. When Tyler, my youngest, was about twelve, he and his buddy, Robbie, accompanied me to Wyoming for a weekend of corral and barn cleaning. In retrospect, Tyler and Robbie should have been painting, but in a weak moment I nodded “yes” when they asked to drive the four-wheeler over the hill to our pastures on West Pass Creek. Three hours later, Tyler and Robbie sloshed into the barnyard soaked from head to toe. The four-wheeler was nowhere in sight and Robbie wisely ducked around the far end of the barn while Tyler explained his story.

Following the county road back to the ranch would be boring, so these two 12-year-olds decided to take a shortcut through the hills. One-quarter mile off the road they discovered the spring run-off had made little West Pass Creek into a raging river. A culvert on their route had washed out, so Tyler and Robbie drove up and down the bank searching for another place to cross the creek. They spotted one section where the water seemed smooth so they decided here was the best place to make a high speed run across the creek. At no time prior to their attempt, did either boy have the foresight to consider the the water’s surface looked calm because it was deep; really deep. One-half second into their crossing, hindsight kicked-in. Both boys and the four-wheeler disappeared beneath the icy water’s surface, before the boys scrambled out of the creek on the far bank. Now their shortcut amounted to a two mile march in wet jeans and coats. Life without foresight can be ruthless and this same phenomenon reared its ugly head Thursday on the floor of Montana’s House. Here is the story.

I am sponsoring HB505, an “act prohibiting physician-assisted suicide” in Montana. Under normal circumstances, public servants on the freedom side of the spectrum would view the life ending decision as a private one between an individual and their doctor. These are not normal times. Using foresight, imagine the sunset year of your life. Today, you may be robust, strong, and fearless, but nearing the end you will likely be weak, confused and scared. During such threatening times, it is comforting if you have a relative aiding you through your final chapters. You do. Unfortunately, your relative has less than honorable intentions because they stand to inherit half of your estate. Even worse, their right to your life’s wealth is established in law so it is impossible to write them out of your will. This relative is not your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or spouse; it is your uncle. I will explain.

Without question, 90 percent of healthcare costs are incurred in the final six months of your life, so your uncle benefits more the earlier he can steer you to physician-assisted suicide. This uncle is a busy body who also controls the diagnosis of your terminal condition along with government approved treatment choices to the extent of allowing or prohibiting the use of pain killers in your final days. In case you did not beat me to the connection, your uncle’s name is Sam.

Once fully implemented, Obamacare as the single party payer gives your Uncle Sam complete control of both your life and your death. Euphemistically labeled “end-of-life counselors”, Uncle Sam’s power to coerce coupled with the inheritance tax makes Obamacare Marxism on steroids. Washington’s wizards of wisdom could easily reduce the inheritance exemption to $100,000 while simultaneously raising the tax rate to 100 percent. Suddenly, most all the wealth in America is available for redistribution by the ruling elite.

Only 51 of 100 Montana representatives had the foresight to follow this connection, so HB505 weakly passed the House. Its fate, along with Uncle Sam’s death grip on both your neck and wallet, now pass to the Senate. Government sponsored assisted suicide is terrifying if you have the foresight to recognize it.

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