Ozawa Ichirō is trying to put together a winning coalition by promising the earth and the sky to various blocs of citizens.
The LDP and the New Komeitō are using the levers of government and the public purse to retain the loyalty of their clients, who are in large part parasites on the system.
These are not equivalent activities--even if, in theory, both pose a threat to the taxpayer's bank account.
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