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293 weeks ago @ http://www.themarknews... - Two Polls, Two Differe... · 1 reply · 0 points

"Is the Sun aware that 41% + 32% + 21% + 22% > 100%"

Yes. Are you really that dumb? Really? Are you really so dumb that you cannot figure out the reason for that?

293 weeks ago @ Big Journalism - NY Times' Krugman Atta... · 0 replies · +9 points

I think that comment is a fake, put here by a liberal who just opened a new intensedebate account, to try to make the sensible commenters here look bad. It's the usual disgusting, dishonest and dirty liberal warfare. There is no limit to how low they will stoop, no dirty tactic they won't try. They have not a shred of dignity, ethics or class. Who knows, it might even be Krugman himself.

293 weeks ago @ Big Journalism - NY Times' Krugman Atta... · 0 replies · +2 points

Krugman is a disgusting person with no conscience. He would prefer that American innocents die rather than take measures to protect the lives of Americans (and non-Americans as well).

311 weeks ago @ Macleans.ca - "That's kind of the se... · 0 replies · +1 points

Crit Reasoning pointed out a flaw in a max cap on donations. It could prevent an individual from making any donation at all (because the cap has been reached). If an individual wants to contribute, he should be allowed to, especially when everyone is lamenting the lack of engagement by the voters. Rejecting someone's donation is not a way to engage someone.

Thinking about it some more, I don't think there should be an overall cap, just an individual cap, whether it's per vote or per individual (and I've already described why I think that the vote subsidy is wrong, so that makes it per individual).

If a party has a large number of individuals that wish to contribute, then the party should be able to reap the benefits.

311 weeks ago @ Macleans.ca - The untold story of th... · 1 reply · +9 points

Chapters 1 and 4 were my favourites. Well done.

And I like the fact that you saved a paragraph for the capital's political reporters, who spent a large amount of time talking about themselves, mostly complaining and whining, and spent the rest of the time publishing highly misleading stories and headlines. In the end, it was shown that their influence is limited, the Canadian public knows how to judge things for themselves.

Overall, there have been only a handful of post-mortems of the election that have done well relating to the events to plausible explanations, and this account is one of them.

311 weeks ago @ Macleans.ca - "That's kind of the se... · 0 replies · -4 points

I don't think you're following the conversation.

311 weeks ago @ Macleans.ca - 'Get a better messenger' · 0 replies · +4 points

It's complete BS. As usual. Can't he even be realistic now that he's on the outside? Apparently not.

I think we opened up the breach in a way against Harper and against what he stands for, and someone else surged through and benefited,

What? Harper increased his support! In English Canada, he surged to a massive 48% support!

and at that point maybe the attack ads had an impact on my capacity to capitalize on a longing for change.

Still with the excuses. He needs to read Wells articles.

There was a longing for change that I think we played an honourable part in creating

Change? If he means change from a Conservative minority to a Conservative a majority, then yes. And yes, he helped deliver that. This guy remains a partisan.

He led the Liberals to their worst showing ever, and he's trying to take credit for the NDP surge! What an arrogant twit. Good riddance.

311 weeks ago @ Macleans.ca - "That's kind of the se... · 7 replies · +2 points

Now journos think their job is to protect pols from the raging hoi polloi

Only when it's a Liberal professor. When it's someone they don't like, they don't mind the character assassination. The character assassinations of Manning, Day and Harper far exceed anything done to Ignatieff, in part because the media were participating in it when it was a Conservative. Even this campaign, a large slice of the journalists out there (a couple of them write for Maclean's) were doing their outright best to attack the characters of politicians, primarily Conservative politicians.

311 weeks ago @ Macleans.ca - "That's kind of the se... · 2 replies · +2 points

Well yes. In fact I think I contradicted myself a little due to Raging's strong arguments, since I agreed with Crit earlier that raised caps would be ideal, and you've brought me back towards that position.

I suppose that means I am somewhat ambivalent to the caps issue and the undue influence issue. I am not averse to the current system of caps on donations, but I think the caps should be higher.

However, the one issue I feel strongly about is party subsidies. And I am especially strongly opposed to the vote subsidy, because it ties a legitimate and beneficial act of voting, which should not be tied to anything else, to the act of handing over tax dollars to parties, which is NOT in any way the proper use of taxpayer money. There are also all sorts of distortions in that subsidy, such as the act of favouring the incumbent, and the act of subsidizing parties today based on their performance prior to the last election.

I am also opposed to the party subsidies that occur in all other forms. Taxes should not be used to fund parties, I feel it is wrong.

311 weeks ago @ Macleans.ca - "That's kind of the se... · 4 replies · +1 points

You're right. If a party starts with a group of 10 people, it's not going far if that group is limited to $1000 each. People should have the freedom to spend their own money on the things they believe in.

I simply don't buy the argument that people should not be allowed to spend too much because they'll have undue influence. That's only true in a world of corruption and kickbacks.