My learning partner seems to think is is a case specific issue also like you. I said that if it would have just been the kollels in Los Angeles then in fact you would be right but from what I have seen this is a uniform trait of Kollels from LA through NY to Israel.
So on the way to the Internet I decided to take this approach--the problem-- is that they have turned Torah into a paid profession. Clearly no one could agree with that. But in cases where it is clear that the people are learning because they love Torah, then we would have to say that this is what the Keseph Mishnna was defending.