Former fugitive, rich party boy and would-be drunk driving murderer Ethan Couch is maintaining his “Affluenza” defense in the 2013 deaths of 4, including a mother and daughter who had come to the aid of a stranded motorist. His lawyer asserts that he isn’t responsible for his actions because of his privileged upbringing. Can we make the same argument for poor and impoverished kids from blighted neighborhoods, under- funded schools, violence, lack of employment opportunity and broken families? Can we call it Poorfluenza. Seems to make more sense than Affluenza, and what is good for the very wealthy goose ought to be good for the poorer gander.


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