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

Illinois Governor’s Race:
Battle of the Billionaires

Oct 29, 2018

The Illinois race for governor pits a Democratic billionaire, J.B. Pritzker, against Republican incumbent, Bruce Rauner, who is “only” worth several hundred million dollars.

Each has attacked the other for how they have handled their business affairs. Republican Rauner pointed out that the Democrat Pritzker took the toilets out of his Gold Coast mansion to qualify for a $330,000 tax break! Rauner said that “I am being challenged by an individual who inherited billions, has never had a real job in his life, has cheated the tax system to dodge taxes....”

Pritzker fired back that “Governor Rauner, in his business, he fired people to make money, to get a better profit. The truth is that people have been abused under Governor Rauner.” Pritzker also pointed out that Rauner has taken advantage of every “tax avoidance” strategy under the sun himself.

Both are right, of course. That’s how they became billionaires! One more reason workers can’t count on these billionaires to address our needs, and one more reason we need our own party!