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It would be nice if both parties rejected public funds to run their campaigns.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0608/11202.html

It would be a lot nicer if they did it for the right reasons instead of this strategy by Obama threatening to make things worse. Obama has not rejected the principle of taking public funds for his campaign. He has no compunction about taking taxpayer money for it or anything else and had intended to do just that; the Democrats changed their campaign funding strategy only because they can spend more by other means because of limits on the public campaign subsidy, and they think that will give them a political advantage in gaining power. No one should confuse this with a repudiation of public funding on campaigns or any kind of sign that Obama is better on this issue than McCain. Obama and the Democrats are socialists who plan on raising taxes by much, much more than the campaign subsidy would have been. They will pragmatically do whatever they think will be most effective for their purposes of gaining power, and that includes spending money from any source they can get their hands on. There is a lot of "private" money spent in politics by power seekers who want to seize control of the apparatus of government to impose more government social controls and more government spending, and that is not good.

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It would be nice if both parties rejected public funds to run their campaigns.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0608/11202.html

It would be a lot nicer if they did it for the right reasons instead of this strategy by Obama threatening to make things worse. Obama has not rejected the principle of taking public funds for his campaign. He has no compunction about taking taxpayer money for it or anything else and had intended to do just that; the Democrats changed their campaign funding strategy only because they can spend more by other means because of limits on the public campaign subsidy, and they think that will give them a political advantage in gaining power. No one should confuse this with a repudiation of public funding on campaigns or any kind of sign that Obama is better on this issue than McCain.

Of course, McCain has made the wrong decision for the wrong reason. Obama appears to have made the right decision for the wrong reason. If McCain chooses to reject public funding for the right reasons, and make that views known, he might win some votes and some respect. Whether he has the guts to make the right decision remains to be seen.

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It would be nice if both parties rejected public funds to run their campaigns.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0608/11202.html

It would be a lot nicer if they did it for the right reasons instead of this strategy by Obama threatening to make things worse. Obama has not rejected the principle of taking public funds for his campaign. He has no compunction about taking taxpayer money for it or anything else and had intended to do just that; the Democrats changed their campaign funding strategy only because they can spend more by other means because of limits on the public campaign subsidy, and they think that will give them a political advantage in gaining power. No one should confuse this with a repudiation of public funding on campaigns or any kind of sign that Obama is better on this issue than McCain.

Of course, McCain has made the wrong decision for the wrong reason. Obama appears to have made the right decision for the wrong reason. If McCain chooses to reject public funding for the right reasons, and make that views known, he might win some votes and some respect. Whether he has the guts to make the right decision remains to be seen.

You have missed the point. This is not to Obama's credit in any way. None of them make funding decisions based on taxpayer concerns. It's not even in a back corner in their minds or the minds of most of the electorate. In the context of this election it is irrelevant. If McCain were to reject public spending on principle it would not gain him any respect or votes from anyone who is not already voting against Obama on more fundamental grounds. It would be seen for what it would be: a pragmatic decision to avoid limits on campaign spending, which limits are the closest this issue comes to a public perception of "morality". Obama's so-called "right decision" is not in any way right; if it works, it will only make things much worse by putting him into power -- which is all it is for and which most people recognize --where he will proceed to raise taxes many times more than the cost of the campaign subsidies.

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