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Thursday, December 19, 2013

What's the Opposite of Affluency?

  I am having a great deal of trouble with the rich 16-year-old living in Texas who was driving three times over the blood alcohol level for adults, ended up killing four innocent people, but will not spend one day in jail.  His defense was affluency and the judge bought it.  Hard to believe.  

What is affluency?  It is when you get everything that you ask for because, in this case, your parents are rich and as a result you can't discern between right and wrong.  The defense said that the parents were to blame.  The young man has to spend one to two years in a high-end treatment facility in California that his father will pay for at an annual cost of $450,000.  My question is if you are rich and can't discern between right and wrong, what is it called if you are poor and suffer from the same inability to know the difference?  There are far more people who are poor and do bad things because they don't know the difference between right and wrong.  These people, many who are uneducated because they live in abject poverty, have a much better case.  Unfortunately, these individuals will never be given such a break because such opportunities will never be afforded to a person living in poverty.  Now don't get me wrong, I am not advocating applying the opposite of affluency to the poor.  Actually, I don't think that it should be a defense for anyone under any circumstances.

I will be taking a break from blogging until after the New Year.  Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year!

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