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View Diary: GOP South Carolina makes mother pay for the "mess" caused by drunk driver who killed her son. (112 comments)

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  •  This is in China, or at least it was (3+ / 0-)

    Before China went on its current charm offensive, their "we are modern, we are the future, we will dominate you...  " meme, it was the custom to shoot those guilty of capital crimes and send a bill to their family members for the costs of the bullet or bullets.  Why governments would stoop to recovering such petty costs is not because it was cost-effective to generate such bills and do the accounting, but because (a) they could, and (b) to make some deranged ideological point by causing the families one additional bit of pain.

    That a victim of a hit and run driver, regardless of whether the driver had insurance, a license or valid work papers, should have their families receive bills for storage of their destroyed auto and washing blood off the street is oddly reminiscent of some of the creepy procedures of the Chinese Communists.

    This is the sort of thing that governments clearly have not thought out at all well.  I don't know if it is ideology, shrinking the size and cost of government, or some deranged idea of individual responsibility, but that it could happen at a time of such anguish suggests that the Governor of that State ought to be spending less time sucking up to Mitt the Barber (a true paragon of compassion himself) and more time seeing that dumb-ass things don't happen in her State.

    But Nikki Haley has never struck me as a rocket scientist, when it comes to using her head for anything productive...

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