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

Pritzker—Barely Elected, Already Changing His Tune

Dec 10, 2018

JB Pritzker, the billionaire, won the governor’s office for the Democratic Party just weeks ago. One of his biggest campaign planks was for a “graduated income” tax—one that would make the rich pay more to fund public services. Pritzker was always vague on the details, but as late as September he said his non-proposal would mean “the vast majority” of Illinoisans would pay less. It’s only three weeks after the election, but here’s what he says now: “There was, of course, in the heat of the campaign misunderstandings about what a progressive or graduated income tax really does for the state.” He didn’t even wait to take office in January, to backpedal! A rich Democrat that would tax the wealthy? It’s about as “real” a notion as Santa Claus.