When the other guy fights dirty, you still have to roll with the punches

It’s pretty sleazy what Flaherty is doing by using the budget deficit that his clusterfuck policies (that’s a highly technical economic term, kids) caused as a pretext to choke off funding to other parties. The Cons know that they have the cash to ride these cuts out – their finances look the best right now of all the federal parties.

The reality here is that the Liberals can cry foul or even play a game of brinksmanship over this. While trying to make this a confidence motion may make the party sound tough, again the Cons are in a better position to fight yet another ultimately meaningless election. What the Liberals need to do is get up, dust themselves off, and sign up at the Obama dojo of web 2.0 fundraising and organization. Yeah Flaherty’s move is scummy, yeah there are lots of good reasons to oppose this disgusting partisanship. There are also lots of good reasons why the Liberals need to get out there and get in touch with their grassroots again.

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6 responses to “When the other guy fights dirty, you still have to roll with the punches

  1. The only post out of eight or so that I read from Prog Blogs/Liblogs (including their comments) that even touches on such a novel concept as . . . raising their own money.

    Even in opposition, the Liberals have a sense of entitlement that just won’t go away.

    Cheers,
    lance

  2. A Path to political and economic corruption

    Removing campaign funding combined with Harpers abuse of election spending rules will destroy the ability of political parties to compete fairly. And destroy our democracy and replace it with a system buying votes. Sensible political interests which attract the majority of common people will not win, but rather political interest which make the rich richer will win. If anything the current system does not reward sensible political interests which attract the majority of common people enough.

    HOW MUCH has the private sale of the 407 cost the public through increased travel cost either directly or over crowding the 401?

    The 407 was sold and is the gift that keeps giving. This corporate monopoly generates the kind of money that can buy a lot more advertising then families trying to make ends meet. But it cost us all and makes us less economically efficient.

    Supporting a political Party can be a business/union/organization investment insuring an economic advantage.

  3. Voices and ideas should determine elections, not money, however. Our system of parties isn’t that fantastic to begin with, because it tends to prevent individuals with great ideas from turning them into national policy or law. Perhaps that tempering factor provides needed stability and we have to take the bad parts of parties along with the good?

    In any case, ideally the government would not have to fun political parties. Unfortunately, as the Conservatives have shown, they aren’t shy about spending GOVERNMENT money on PARTISAN purposes like 10%ers, or bailout bribes to vote-giving sectors. To not give money also to the opposition, is to invite corruption that comes from being in power unchallenged.

    See Liberals 1990s-2006 for an example, Lance. The Conservatives are already to the point of cocky entitlement (largest cabinet ever in a time of economic crisis???), and it didn’t even take them a decade.

  4. Unfortunately, as the Conservatives have shown, they aren’t shy about spending GOVERNMENT money on PARTISAN purposes like 10%ers, or bailout bribes to vote-giving sectors.

    Well said, SB. They have adopted the Rovian attitude that EVERYTHING is a partisan opportunity if you play it the right way. $30 mil in party funding is ultimately a drop in the federal bucket.

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