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

He “Saved” the Auto Companies by Attacking the Workers

Feb 6, 2012

In the State of the Union Address, President Obama signaled that the Democratic Party will campaign for votes this year by claiming they “saved the auto industry.”

They gave the auto COMPANIES a lot of money, all right. But they took away OUR money—raises, COLA, bonuses. They took away OUR right to strike. They permanently took away break time, vacation rights, and overtime protection. They made it easier to dump retirees’ pensions and healthcare. And they took away new hires’ rights to get into first tier.

And this whole program was started under President Bush.

Democrats and Republicans are OK with “saving the auto industry” by throwing workers under the bus. They play their “good cop, bad cop” roles. Why would we want to support either one?