The Spark

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

One Law for Pols, Another for Us

Dec 7, 2009

In Baltimore City, Baltimore County and State of Maryland offices, workers have faced layoffs, speed-up, loss of wages, cuts in pensions and benefits. Way back in 1971, Baltimore County Council had voted itself a 100% pension after 20 years of service!

When some taxpayers expressed outrage recently, a Baltimore County councilman proposed the council lower its pensions to a mere 60% of what they make after 20 years. (The council had already given itself an increase to $54,000 per year in 2006.)

As one person told the press, “It is the arrogance of power to vote yourself a cushy pension.”