The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Patrioti$m

Nov 19, 2001

Kenneth Kies, a top corporate lobbyist, recently gave his very own “spin” on what he does when he lobbies Congress for his clients. He said, “I wouldn’t be doing the job – not necessarily for my clients – but for my country, if I wasn’t being helpful in terms of offering ideas that can be helpful in stimulating the economy.”

What ideas? To reduce taxes on big corporations, of course – corporations like GE and IBM which he represents. In fact, it would be “irresponsible” and even “unpatriotic” not to get Congress to reduce their taxes – so says Mr. Kies!

This is exactly what the bosses and those who serve them mean when they wave the flag: more money from the workers’ pockets straight into the capitalists’ pockets.