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

Prices Are Outrageous!

May 10, 2021

The price of gasoline is up. Meat prices are up. Vegetable prices are up. The price of diapers, toilet paper and cereal prices are up. (Or, if you look closely, when the price is the same, the package is smaller!)

Rent prices are up. Prices are up for home buyers. The price of lumber is up for home repairs.

Vehicle price increases show another part of the picture. One researcher described used car prices going up more last month than any time in the last 68 years! New car prices are also up.

The current computer chip shortage is related to vehicle price increases. But the push to use the computer chip shortage to maximize profit for the few at the top better explains the price increases.

If the wealthy want to raise prices, then why should workers suffer because of it? The sensible thing to do is to raise wages automatically whenever prices go up.

Otherwise, with wages that do not stretch far enough, workers change what is in their shopping cart. The food that workers eat becomes less healthy. No worker, no retiree, no disabled person should have to substitute cat food for hamburger!

If you pay attention, you might notice that Democrats, Republicans AND the media are NOT making the problem of prices going up for working people a top priority. The truth is that we, the workers, CAN insist it IS a top priority.

Until our wages go up every time prices go up, the highway robbery will continue. Workers are robbed every day. We are underpaid for the work we perform. Then we are overcharged for what we need to buy. It has to stop!

The power of the working class, organized, is the foot that needs to come down.

Clearly, workers have kept society going during this pandemic. We have every right on the planet earth to defend our standard of living!