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Russ kicks Jeb's booty

My buddy Russ over at Radical Writ doesn’t hold back on the Bush fools. Tonight Jebby is rubbing his tush, since Russ has kicked it with relish in the post, “Jeb’s ‘Culture of Life™’ doesn’t apply to poor li’l black girls.”

You must read the whole story. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s Department of Children and Families was convicted of “institutional neglect” that led to the near beating death of the then-2-year-old Marissa Amora at the hands of her known-to-be-abusive guardians. A jury awards her $35 million for damages and future health care costs. So now Bush is trying to have the entire award thrown out (not reduced, eliminated!) so the now-6-year-old will end up with no way to affort her lifelong medical care. Read it all; here’s a taste to tide you over:

If Marissa were, say, a nice white woman in a vegetative state whose case had been taken up by powerful financial and political interests then ballyhooed into a national media carnival, then doubtless Jeb would even now be dabbing his eyes as he knelt for a photo-op at her bedside.

But because Marissa is “nobody” — one of the poor, the powerless, the “insulted and injured,” in Dostoevsky’s phrase — she can be flushed down the toilet and no one will notice. For the aim of Bush’s legal maneuvering is clear: he wants to “run out the clock” on Marissa, litigating the case quite literally to death, until her family sinks beneath the overwhelming financial and physical burden of keeping her alive and at some point her makeshift, overstrained support system suffers the inevitable breakdown.

What do you expect from the grandsons of Nazi war profiteer Prescott Bush? (Whoops, I said the “N” word!)

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