The Spark

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

Murdered by Austerity

Mar 7, 2011

During the early morning rush hour on Friday, March 4, freezing rain coated metro Detroit roads and freeways. Accidents closed parts of four of the five major freeways. And on I-75 entering downtown, a crash killed a 38-year-old man.

The streets were not salted until later.

This was not a case of surprise bad weather. This was a case of road departments calculating how much money they could save in their budgets – budgets severely cut back. Public services in States, counties, and cities have not been bailed out like the “too big to fail” banks and corporations were.

And yet the money needed to maintain the roads and other public services exists. Corporations are sitting on two trillion dollars, stored, untapped, unused – accumulations of taxpayer bailouts and endless tax breaks.

Meanwhile, the rest of society is starved for money to meet basic needs.

The man who died in the crash on an ice-covered, unmaintained Detroit road represents all those who will lose their lives because of underfunded basic services – murdered by those who enforce austerity on the population.