Yet another reason to leave New York State

Were an oppressive tax burden not enough, at least one legislator in New York has come up with yet another reason for New Yorkers to relocate to another state.  His goal is completely laudable, but his methods are not.  Here is  Assemblyman Richard Brodsky’s  attempt to demonstrate that the end, does indeed, justify the means.

Mr. Brodsky  has proposed legislation in Albany that would “presume” that all residents of New York want to donate their organs upon death unless they “opt out” of the program.  Forgetting the fact that it is a bit difficult to opt out when you are dead, here is how the program would work.

When you apply for a driver’s license,

drivers would check a box saying they don’t want to donate organs. If the box is not checked, it is presumed the driver wants to donate.

I hate “opt out” programs, particularly when it comes to something administered by the DMV.  After hours of waiting in line, people will sign anything, without fully reading it, just to escape.  And, what if you don’t have a driver’s license, or, you don’t have it with you when you die?

Organ donation is vital.  It saves countless lives each year.  But, it should be encouraged, not “presumed”.

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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Dimsdale on April 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    After they have taken an arm and a leg (taxwise), it will be really easy to harvest some spare organs from you!


    Perhaps under the cover of eminent domain….

  2. winnifredthewoebegon on April 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Will we be so bereft of doctors by the time this goes into effect that there won't be anyone available to pronounce an individual dead and will someone then be  "presumed" dead when they start harvesting organs?

    Don't these lawmakers have ANYthing better to do?


    • Dimsdale on April 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      Actually, they will be "deemed" dead by a panel of appointed Øbamaroids!  😉

  3. Anne-EH on April 30, 2010 at 5:48 am

    China coming to AMERICA!

  4. PatRiot on May 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Research Cass Sunstein.  You will find that he tossed around this idea a while ago.  And having minions like Brodsky spout the top dogs agenda is a force multiplier.  It keeps the heat off of top dogs too. 

    Keep your eyes open in your state for such heinous right taking, dehumanizing stupidity.  Just like DHS intimidating young ladies into abortion, this is a gathering shadow of great human injustice. 

    Stand up or get stepped on.

  5. PatRiot on May 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Cass Sunstein reference material

    Get ready human rights groups.  Your true colors will soon be tested before all of the world IF this man and his cronies gettheir way. 

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