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Times scribe insists the poor are eating cake

Here is an astonishingly reprehensible bit of thoughtless tripe from the LA Times today, a Top of the Ticket post that tries to suggest that the poor don't really have it so bad after all. The piece is by Andrew Malcolm, a jowly graybeard and Republican mouthpiece who made his money when homes could be had for the price of three mere years' salary.

"In fact, 42% own their own home," Malcolm says of the good fortune of poverty in scattered others. "The vast majority are in good repair, with more living space per person than the average non-poor person in Britain, France or Sweden."

And here are two recent posts from Rodger Jacobs. One says this:
It looks like the management company here at the hotel may be moving toward evicting us; one thing that has changed since the recession began, I was informed by the “eviction assistant” at the Family Service Agency, is that if a tenant needs the assistance of social services to pay either rent or deposits then the landlord doesn’t want them on the premises. Period. He can refuse to take our rent, serve us with a Notice to Quit, and then we all go to the rodeo.
The most recent one says this:
We just spent the last eleven dollars of our food stamp benefits: an egg salad sandwich and a box of Fig Newton’s for energy; the latter might have to be dinner because the dry salami we got at Safeway a couple of nights ago gives Lela bad esophageal reflux at night.
If you like, you can send cash to Rodger Jacobs via his account at rodger_jacobs@yahoo.com.