The Star Tribune columnist has been critical of his paper’s commenters before, but this morning, he cranks on food-stamp haters with an especially effective rejoinder: My family got that “monopoly money,” and government cheese, too.
I think someone who experiences that kind of setback becomes one of two kinds of people. Either they claim to have pulled themselves up through hard work alone and insist that everyone must, or they recognize they also had help and good fortune and realize bad things can happen to everyone. I feel lucky to be the latter.
Whether or not you believe the “elitist media” meme, it’s good to be reminded that journalists emerge from a diversity of family experiences.