The actual "Affluenza" Case is, of course, far worse.
In the case, Judge Jean Boyd decided that 16 year old Ethan Couch, a pampered white juvenile delinquent who stole booze from a Walmart, got liquored up, and while driving recklessly, 30 miles-an-hour over the speed limit, with a BAC 0.24 KILLED 4 people, was not responsible for his actions because he suffered from "Affluenza", the crippling disability of not knowing right from wrong by virtue of being a little white entitled punk, who is rich and has been overly coddled.
The four people slaughtered by Couch were: Breanna Mitchell, who had crashed her SUV, Brian Jennings, a youth pastor at a local church, Hollie Boyles and her daughter Shelby Boyles who stopped to help Mitchell before the drunken little shit killed them with his dad's jeep.
While emergency crews were on the scene, Couch took a defiant attitude telling responders, 'I’m outta here' before attempting to leave the scene. Couch's parents apparently have a history of reckless driving as well.
Of course, previously Judge Boyd sentenced a 14-year-old African-American child to 10 years in a juvenile detention center after the little puke punched a man who died when he fell over and struck his head on the concrete.
I agree with giving the punching perp a tough sentence (his actions lead to the death of another person) but, how did the "Affluenza" defense not get laughed out of the courthouse? How did his past transgressions and previous offenses not come into play? The State's Attorney wanted Couch tried as an adult and sought a sentence of at least 20 years for the four deaths he directly caused.
But, instead of being held responsible for 4 murders little Couch will go to a posh rehab clinic and be on probation for 10 years.
So when does Darryl Issa begin the House Oversight Hearings? When does every Republican Senator and Congressman take to Faux News to demand an investigation. After all 4 Americans died. According to the Right-Wing, there can never be a worse event.
Ah, but this incident involves a Rich White criminal. That's a Republican protected class.
The Republican Party exists only to guard and defend the Rich.
If you are Poor, black, a woman, a Catholic, a Veteran the Republicans have a simple message for you; Work Hard, Get Nothing from the Government, Die Quickly.
Meanwhile, Large Scale Affluenza is strangling the Nation, just as the 1% have plotted.
The problem with the Left is the idea that battles for Progressive Values can ever be considered "Won". Following their defeats during the 20th century, the Plutocracy began slowly building infrastructure for their Long March back to Dominance.
The effort has been a multi-front assault on the 99%, pushing for the weakening and eventual destruction of Unions, the slow elimination of Worker's Rights via "Right-to-Work" Laws, removing child-labor restrictions and sneaky legislative elimination of Collective Bargaining Rights, the cultivation of the wholly owned Republican Party and the corruption of the Democratic Party, the creation of Think-Tanks whose only job is to produce "studies" which conform to their dreams of a Neo-Feudalist Wage Slave State.
"Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works so they have no habit of showing up on Monday. But one of the things I’ve talked to the secretary of agriculture about: Why don’t you have the kids pay a dime, pay a nickel to instill in them that there is, in fact, no such thing as a free lunch?" Republican Jack Kingston, maybe he imagines putting little poor children to work cleaning up Steve Stockman and Dana Rohrbacher's offices for a nickel a day?Additionally, the 1% biggest coup has been the byzantine restructuring of the Tax System. Of course, they claim the tax loopholes which allow them to shelter billions have been unintentionally created, while the grossly unfair tax reorganization sees Working Class people paying far more in taxes the the 1%.
Corporations routinely have Negative Tax rates because of the off-shore tax havens and foreign structuring which rewards them for sending jobs and manufacturing overseas while hiding money in Ireland or the Cayman Islands.
Capital Gains, the making of money with money, and deferred income instead of actual work is now so unfairly rewarded that a Near-Billionaire like Mitt Romney can go a decade without paying any income taxes while Orrin Hatch takes to the Senate floor to despicably lie that poor people who have almost nothing aren't paying taxes.
Meanwhile, when the Rich get in trouble, because their Capitalist House of Cards is built upon a foundation of lies, thefts and legerdemain they scamper to the Government to have the middle class taxpayer fund their rescue.
This is Capitalism. It's a sickness. Affluenza describes Capitalism very well. It's system for raising wealth that is grossly unfair and unstable and creates a small cadre of criminals who have no sense of morality and no compunctions about treating humanity as disposable commodities.