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A drunken sixteen year old rich kid, Ethan Couch, killed four people while driving intoxicated. At his trial, his rich parents attorney came up with this: To the defense (Texas lawyer Scott Brown), the youth is himself a victim — of “affluenza,” according to one psychologist — the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy.
The judge in this case, soon-to-be-retired Judge Jean Boyd (who in my opinion must have been paid off by the rich kids parents) sentenced Couch to 10 years’ probation but no jail time. The judge stated Couch “is a defendant in need of treatment. Not jail time”.
Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter, in Ethan Couch’s drunken killing spree, said “There are absolutely no consequences for what occurred that day.” According to this CNN report: Boyles wife, Hollie, and daughter, Shelby, left their home to help Breanna Mitchell, whose SUV had broken down. Brian Jennings, a youth pastor, was driving past and also stopped to help. All four were killed when the drunken (who 3 hours prior had stolen beer from a Wal Mart) teen’s pickup plowed into the pedestrians on a road in Burleson, south of Fort Worth.
Is it any wonder why the rich in this country are so hated and despised? I used to defend taking from the rich to give to the poor (income distribution) but after hearing the verdict in this case, I no longer feel that way. Income inequality in this country has reached a disturbing level. When the rich can now kill people and use their wealth as an excuse, America has reached an all time low point.
This case is more proof positive that the rich (the 1%) do literally get away with murder simply because they have more money than you or I (the 99%). The rich can legally buy a trial, a better conniving defense attorney, a liberal-ass judge and a verdict. If the progressives in this country want to tax and bleed the 1% rich, then by all means, do it! The rich deserve to be taxed to kingdom come and separated from their money in any way possible.
According to this NY Times article regarding our current economic recovery: High stock prices, rising home values and surging corporate profits have buoyed the recovery-era incomes of the most affluent Americans, with the incomes of the rest still weighed down by high unemployment and stagnant wages for many blue- and white-collar workers.
When the rich can kill us, then turn around and use their wealth as part of their reason and justification for doing so, our society and legal justice system is seriously out of whack. If we, the 99% can only get social justice by taxing the rich and forcing them to pay our way, then let’s do it. I support wealth distribution 100%. If the rich want to move away or relocate to another country so as not to pay their taxes, I say ‘good bye’ and ‘good riddance’. At least then, if we stop on the side of the road to help a stranded motorist, we won’t be living in fear that some rich kid, high on stolen beer, will ram their $50,000 pick up truck over us and end our poor, pathetic (to the rich) lives.
And so the beat goes on.