The Spark

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

Detroit's budget battle:
A choice between two attacks

Jun 6, 2005

Detroit's mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, and its city council are embroiled in a battle over whose budget will decide Detroit's fate.

Both try to present themselves as defending the population against attacks being made by the other side.

Which is pretty funny, because both the mayor's budget and the city council's include massive cuts for city employees and thus for city services. If it's true that Kilpatrick's budget contains slightly fewer cuts, it's only because he's up for re-election this year.

There's one thing that both agree on: neither the mayor nor the city council proposes to cut the huge tax cuts that have been handed out to corporations, both large and small.

And there's one other thing neither of these "representatives" of the people proposes to do – that's to mobilize the population to go to the state and federal governments – to DEMAND more money to save the schools, and to repair the crumbling infrastructure.

When it comes right down to it, there's no real difference between them at all. Just a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.