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

Robin Hood in Reverse in Three Piece Suits

Apr 1, 2013

On the same day that Detroit’s Emergency Financial Manager started work, some billionaire and millionaire businessmen held a press conference announcing their 8 million dollar “gift” to the city. This “gift from the corporate community” will be used to buy a new fleet of ambulances and 100 new police cars.

Mayor Dave Bing said, “I want to thank all of you in the business community for the contributions you’ve made for the city to be safe and active.”

Safe and active for them, Bing must mean. For these businessmen are none other than the people whose own enterprises have been showered with money, land, and tax breaks by Detroit politicians over the years. Money, in fact, stolen from the population so that the city is in a state of financial collapse.

Dan Gilbert. Roger Penske. Executives from General Motors. Ford Motor Co., Chrysler, Blue Cross Blue Shield. While all stepped into the limelight to wear the hero halo, it is like a bank robber returning a few rolls of coins from the heist!