The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Taking from the Poor to Give to the Rich

Jan 9, 2017

Maryland’s Republican governor and Democratic leaders of the legislature are all warning that state budget cuts are coming soon that will hurt social programs. Yet at the same time, they just made a deal that will give 20-million-dollar subsidies to Northrop Grumman Corporation and Marriott International.

Grumman is the largest manufacturing company in Maryland and one of the largest military contractors in the country. It is very profitable. Marriott runs a world-wide chain of hotels from its headquarters in Bethesda, a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C.

The governor and legislative leaders claim that state subsidies to these companies are necessary to guarantee they don’t move their operations out of state. But neither company has even been threatening to do that.

Their bi-partisan deal to fork over millions of dollars to each of them while cutting programs ordinary people need shows they are ready to take from working and poor people to give even more to the rich.