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In California the economic crisis worsens, apparently families can no longer even afford burial costs. Look out women and minorities, now you must compete with the dead for the hardest hit by the crappy economy. The LA Times reports:

The poor economy is taking a toll even on the dead, with an increasing number of bodies in Los Angeles County going unclaimed by families who cannot afford to bury or cremate their loved ones.

At the county coroner’s office — which handles homicides and other suspicious deaths — 36% more cremations were done at taxpayers’ expense in the last fiscal year over the previous year, from 525 to 712.

What strange and perilous times these are when wandering shrubberers are accosted at will and families can no longer afford to bury their dead. I will say this though, in a city that has 14 million people, I don’t know how statistically significant a rise in 175 unclaimed dead really is, but whatever. The cost to recover the cremated remains from the county morgue is $352. Is the economy really so bad that family members are shunning their dead for a measly 352 bucks? Or, perhaps, is the MSM trying to sensationalize another aspect of the economy to print more news? This is an old trick that the media likes roll out any time there is poor economic news, typically the line reads “women and minorities hardest hit” or “women and children hardest hit.”

I’d like to see the new headlines when/if Obamacare gets passed and costs force us to implement health rationing. How many unclaimed bodies will the LA morgue have then? I can almost see the headline now . . . “Obama Passes New Health-care Plan: Elderly and Fetuses Hardest Hit”. Kinda catchy dontcha think?