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

Politicians’ Promises

Oct 29, 2018

It’s that time of year when politicians tell us they care about us, they have programs for us.

Governor Hogan, the Maryland Republican running for re-election, points out he saved drivers money by lowering some E-Z pass fees. Meanwhile, he proposed to spend more of our tax dollars on widening some roads.

Hogan’s administration can find five billion dollars in special deals to bribe Amazon to bring its new headquarters to Maryland, but it cannot fully fund schools so that every child has a good education.

Ben Jealous, the Democratic challenger, promises pre-K education for all children. His proposal to pay for it is casino revenue, gambling money that never arrives as additional funding for education. The casino money simply did NOT go to add funding to education, under either Democrats or Republicans. The politicians found a way to put these funds to other uses.

No matter which of the big parties wins in November, only the wealthy will benefit.