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

Pearl Harbor Base:
Workers Told to Pay

Mar 20, 2023

A year ago, 4,000 families living near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu, Hawaii were relocated by the military to hotels for months. Jet fuel stored at the base had leaked into the city’s water supply, and tap water sickened thousands. Now, without warning, these residents were told they each have to pay thousands of dollars in taxes, because the military paid for their long hotel stays last year. The government considers this taxable income. No one was prepared for this huge tax hit.

It’s outrageous how capitalism and its government operate. The big hotels got tens of millions of dollars in government money. But the people who worked and retired at the base have to pay taxes for something that was not their fault!

And no one trusts the military to solve the problem of more jet fuel leaking into the water table.