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

More Money for a Few of Us

Dec 5, 2022

The owner of Fox News in Maryland had an idea: since he did not like the politicians in Baltimore City, why not get everyone to vote to get rid of them with term limits? Proposition K went into the 2022 elections with a ton of money and advertising behind it, and it passed. From now on the mayor, the Baltimore City Council president, city council members and the comptroller, will be limited to two terms, that is, eight years.

The president of the Baltimore City Council had a prompt response after the election results: he proposed the city council vote themselves a FULL pension after the eight years.

The city solicitor raised that this might be a tiny legal conflict of interest, that the very people who benefit from this pension would be voting to give it to themselves. The city council members did indeed vote themselves a FULL pension after eight years. The mayor jumped in a few days later to veto it.

Very smelly-looking to vote themselves a pension after eight years, when the majority of city residents have NO pensions and the ones who get pensions have to wait 25 or 30 years to get one!