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October 20, 2010

No sooner do we endorse Jimmy McMillan, inspired not only by his beard but by his clear and non-mealy-mouthed message that The Rent Is Too Damn High, than the attack machine rolls into action.

Today, the bastards at the New York Times take on your next governor by trying to claim that the rent, in fact is NOT too damn high:

But how high, exactly, is too damn high for Mr. McMillan? That is a little harder to say.

Mr. McMillan said in an interview on Tuesday that for at least the last decade, he had lived rent free.

“We’re like family,” Mr. McMillan said of his landlords. “They don’t want me to pay any money at all. I am basically living there rent free.”

Mr. McMillan said that he moved into his apartment, a one-bedroom on Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, in the early 1980s but soon fell behind on rent when he left his job in the Postal Service on disability. The landlady, Mr. McMillan said, admired his Vietnam War service and forgave the back rent and, eventually, the future rent, too. In exchange, he did maintenance work, and after she died in 2003, her heirs continued the tradition.

What says Mr. McMillan in the face of this?

“Even though my rent is not too damn high,” he said, “if I’m fighting for the children who can’t pay rent, who have no place to live, then my rent is too damn high.”

Yeah. You tell ’em. (We can ignore this part of the quote: “Don’t look for anything I say about my living space to be true,” he said.)

And, hmm, I wonder why the New York Times maybe doesn’t think the rent is too damn high? Maybe because you and I gave them tens of millions of dollars to build their ugly-ass building, for which they got to knock down numerous perfectly decent buildings that housed actual small businesses (including, but not limited to Knox Hats and a bunch of mom and pop porn shops).

So fuck the New York Times. Give ’em hell Jimmy. We’ve got your back.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2010 11:52 am


  2. October 20, 2010 4:10 pm

    I second that AMEN! Well said!


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