Posts Tagged ‘affluenza’

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Cartoon of the day

Posted: 2 January 2016 in Uncategorized
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Affluenza defense

Posted: 16 December 2013 in Uncategorized
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Apparently, a Texas teenager [ht: ck] who killed four people while driving drunk was sentenced this week to ten years probation in lieu of jail time, after the defense argued he was a product of “affluenza”—

a condition in which growing up wealthy prevents children from understanding the links between their behavior and the consequences because they are rarely held accountable for their actions.

What’s next? Are we going to not jail bankers who took risky decisions, brought the world economy to its knees, and created the Second Great Depression because, as a result of their wealth, they didn’t understand the links between their behavior and its consequences? Or CEOs who closed plants in the United States and shipped the jobs overseas, or who replaced workers with machines and computers, thereby sending hard-working people to the unemployment lines—are they also to be excused from the responsibility of paying for their crimes because of their wealthy condition? Or, finally, are we going to give a “get out of jail” card to large retailers who do everything in their power—inside and outside the law—to make sure their workers never benefit from union representation?

Then again, I guess we have.