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12/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
Editorial: There is treatment for affluenza

Alan Choate
News Editor


Just when you think there's nothing to make your jaw drop anymore, along comes a week like last week.

We had a fake sign language interpreter with a history of mental illness standing next to President Obama at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

Fox News' Megyn Kelly insisted that Santa Claus, a fictional being, is a white man, because for some reason that's important.

And there was Ethan Couch, the rich Texas teen who got probation, and no jail time, for fatally mowing down four people when he was driving 70 mph while three-sheets-to-the-wind drunk.

Part of his defense was a diagnosis of "affluenza," an alleged condition caused by his wealthy, privileged upbringing. His parents' money always got him out of scrapes and he had no sense of right or wrong or consequences, and somehow that excuses him for being crazy inebriated, behind the wheel and deadly.

So, instead of a cell, he's likely to spend significant time in a posh California addiction treatment center at $1,200 a day. His family still faces potentially costly civil litigation, and he'll be "under the thumb" of the justice system for seven years, but come on! How do you end up in the equivalent of a luxury spa after you splatter four people all over the road?

Being rich, that's how.

Sadly, most of us are not rich, and we never will be. But there's still a diagnosis that can help the rest of us.

The condition is pooratitis, also known as "broke fever." It's prevalent among people who live paycheck to paycheck, those without significant savings, regular folks hit with one of life's whammies and the unemployed.

Symptoms include short-sightedness, not giving a whit about consequences, belligerence in the face of all facts to the contrary, and a belief that things are just about to turn the corner, possibly coupled with unshakable faith that the Powerball jackpot is there for the taking, this time, finally.

The anxiety caused by broke fever disconnects logical thought. With pooratitis, it makes sense to rob a bank because, you know, the money's insured and no one's going to get hurt. Or why not grow some weed in the shed out back? It's not like anyone can catch me. Or there's that empty house next door. No one cares about it, so it's okay if I confiscate the air conditioner and whatever else that's worth scrap money. No harm, no foul. Right?

It sure would make court entertaining.

"Your honor, my client did, in fact, go to his neighbor's property and remove parts from various cars parked there, and then yes, he did, undeniably, advertise those parts on Craigslist for fast cash. However, he was under the grips of the emerging diagnosis of 'broke fever,' meaning he was irrational and unable to consider the long-term consequences. He was simply trying to pay his ever-escalating bills, like any other hard-working, honest American. Is that a crime?"

In this hypothetical case, yes. Stealing car parts is a crime. A person would probably do some time for that.

So should rich drunk boys who run over people. I'm thinking a prison environment would teach some truth and consequences to anyone suffering from "affluenza."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Article comment by: Facts Murky

Previous comment in no way is an attempt to excuse the worthless piece of human waste that killed the four people in Texas. He should bear the full punishment the law allows for killing four innocent people.

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Article comment by: Facts

All these whiners on here about the rich getting all the breaks are just signs of where America is going. They seem to feel that since they think the rich gets the breaks, then solve the problem by eliminating the rich. In other words, take their money and give it to someone who doesn't have any.
Of course that eliminates the incentive to become rich and will eventually collapse the economy.
Much like, give everybody a reward for athletics whether they are good or not so they won't "feel" bad. Eliminates the incentive to work hard and become good at your sport.
Give everybody "A's" in school so they won't feel bad. Eliminates the incentive to study hard and get an education to improve your lot in life.
My guess is 1) Just a bunch of jealous whiners too lazy to do anything to improve themselves, or 2) A bunch of socialist who thinks it's the government's duty to reduce everyone to base equality so they are more easily controlled.


Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: az mac

Fox Hound.minimum wage is not there for people to make a living at. It is there for the kids who used to work in the low wage places. If it goes to $15 there will be many jobs lost and prices will go up. Machines will and are taking over many of the jobs.

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: originional Kingman Resident

"The 5 Walmart kids earn as much as 40 percent of American workers. "

Then, when your 5 WalMart kids get tired of not having enough money, hopefully, they will develop new job skills and some initiative and work their way up the ladder.

The problem with today's society is that everyone expects to have it ALL right NOW. No one thinks they are supposed to start out at the bottom and work their way up.

The funny thing is, with all the concern about "positive self esteem", the only way an individual develops true positive self esteem is through the success of their own efforts to achieve. Whining, resenting, and coveting will do nothing to foster a positive self image or self esteem.


Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Fox Hound:

I feel so sorry for your jealousy of the rich, all pushed, of course, by your POTUS. The rich " don't pay their fair share" he has told us now for five years - he himself now a multi-millionaire. (Incidentally, are you jealous of him also?)

That's why I hate to have to break the latest news to you from, of all places, the Congressional Budget Office. Sit down for this one.

>>NEW YORK – A new Congressional Budget Office study has torn a hole in yet another one of President Obama’s insistent claims about the way things are.

The Congressional Budget Office study, “The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2010, ” shows that the top 40 percent of households, based on pre-tax income, paid a remarkable 106.2 percent of the nation’s income tax in 2010. Meanwhile, households in the bottom 40 percent paid “negative income tax,” receiving an average of $18,950 in government transfer payments while paying no federal income tax.

That fact contradicts the Saul Alinsky-like theme central to President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in which he claimed “the rich are not paying their fair share of income taxes.”

The poor in America not only pay no income tax, they receive various government payments drawn from income tax revenues paid by the so-called rich.



Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: re-arranging the chairs on the deck of ..... oh, never mind

let me know when the authors of wars based upon lies and profiteering are brought to justice, and the Congresscriminals who pass major rights- and money-stealing legislation without even bothering to read it, Presidents whose political ambitions were formed at drug parties during their teen years and who shred the Constitution with illegal Executive Orders, bank and other corporate executives who have left the cultural landscape of America a wasteland, preyed upon by the vultures of Hollywood in collusion with the nation's terrorist intelligence and law enforcement communities. Considering the trillions wasted and stolen, the nations destroyed, millions irradiated and/or killed, our environment & food supply deliberately rendered lethal, ask me real hard what I think of unleashing police and the courts upon the citizenry under almost any circumstances nowadays.

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Let's not forget the pretend interpreter was also charged w/murder, attempted murder, kidnapping in 2003, sees angels and has voices in his head.

I do too. They're saying "who the hell is in charge of security around the POTUS?"

You left out the very interesting "selfie" of obama and the "hot" blonde PM..and Mrs. Obama glaring.

And then the Megyn race baiter non story of white Santa and white Jesus.

The original St. Nick, a Christian priest who was adopted by basically countries/regions with caucasian populations has always been portrayed as white. England changed him to Father Christmas, our Dutch settlers called him Sinter Klass thus our Santa Claus.

A puff, funny piece originally, the race baiters hit the airways, especially trying to discuss what Jesus was. Not a single one I watched identified him as King of the Jews saying the Bible never mentioned race/ethnicity/religion. The entire Bible is the history of the Jews and Jesus, King of the Jews as their Messiah who ushers in Christianity. The Bible indicates nothing different looking about him, an average person, Jewish carpenter, maybe olive skinned. Except he had all wisdom and performed miracles.


Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

Alan-
Great article. I would like add the potus to the list suffering from Affluenza well as the current members of congress. Affluenza is known to severely effect those of wealth, those of sudden positional power and the wannabe. At present the affliction has no cure. The symptoms may be somewhat controlled however with heavy doses of homeopathic pharmaceuticals known as common sense, virtue, honesty and humility. In advanced cases the drug impeachment has been known to provide longer term control.


Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

""Your honor, my client did, in fact, go to his neighbor's property and remove parts from various cars parked there, and then yes, he did, undeniably, advertise those parts on Craigslist for fast cash. However, he was under the grips of the emerging diagnosis of 'broke fever,' meaning he was irrational and unable to consider the long-term consequences. He was simply trying to pay his ever-escalating bills, like any other hard-working, honest American. Is that a crime?""

Funny, I've heard these very words many times in the comment section of the KDM, in response to stories about murderers, child abusers, robbers, and people who have assaulted others.

You call this "broke fever", I call it victim-hood-itis.


Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

There is only justice for the rich in this country. They control everything that's why 1 percent can earn 90 percent of all the wealth. The 5 Walmart kids earn as much as 40 percent of American workers. Does that make me a commie if I think that is a little unfair and unbalanced. If we did raise the minimum wage to 15.00 an hour working people would spend that money in the economy and the rich might even make more money once the economy turned around. Oh well life is tuff when your rich. The rich get a free ride every time. That's why none of the Banksters went to jail. They just make a deal to give back half the money and they get to keep the rest and walk away. Justice costs money and as you say Alan most of us will never be rich.



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