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

Montgomery County Officials—“Deeply Disappointed”!

May 30, 2011

The 2012 fiscal year budget recently approved by the Montgomery County Council in Maryland includes no pay raises for county employees, more furlough days, and significant increases to what county workers pay for their health care and retirement. It also imposed more furlough days.

The furlough days are simply intimidation against county workers to get them to agree to accept the rest of the Council’s attack on their standard of living.

So far, the tactic has not been having the desired effect.

Last month 200 county employees protested outside the county’s executive office. And just last week 50 police officers booed and shouted at the County Council when they approved the budget.

The officers held signs saying, “Pay your taxes,” referring to at least two Council members that owe thousands in unpaid taxes. Nine people dressed as clowns were mimicking the nine members of the County Council.

The Vice President of the Council told the press, “None of them [the police] conducted themselves in the manner that is expected of those charged to protect and promote peace. For them to engage in disturbing the peace was deeply disappointing.”

We bet it was “disappointing” to those clowns and thieves to be called out!

Maybe a little more “disturbing of their peace” is in order!