DPJ must vote on bills before end of FY07
The Yomiuri Shimbun
A political impasse involving an all-out confrontation between the ruling and opposition parties has been avoided at the last moment with the ruling and opposition blocks accepting an unusual mediation offer by the House of Representatives speaker and the House of Councillors president.
As a result, the ruling bloc agreed Wednesday to withdraw a stopgap bill for extending the provisional gasoline tax and other road-related tax rates two months beyond their March 31 expiration.
But, considering the uncertainty over the future course of the nation's economy and the unacceptable nature of political stalemate, it is only natural that a last-ditch effort was made by the ruling and opposition camps.
To help stabilize the economy, people's lives and the finances of local governments, it is necessary to make a quick start to debate over the fiscal 2008 budget bill and tax system-related bills so that their passage through the Diet can be achieved by the end of fiscal 2007.=
Why is DPJ obsessed with bill?
But why was the Democratic Party of Japan so strongly opposed to the stopgap bill drafted by the ruling camp, which aimed to avert turmoil in people's lives and the nation's economy? It may be that the DPJ feared its basic strategy to work the political situation in its favor was likely to be thrown off track...
It takes an incredible suspension of disbelief to assert that when a ruling coalition in possession of a supermajority in the House of Representatives suspends a stopgap bill, that this is a demonstration of the opposition's resignation to political reality.
Since when do the LDP and the Komeitō extend a hand to help the Democrats recover from their long term policy errors?
This was a whupping--the yonyaku were up-front and center in favor of the extension of the temporary tax for a specific purpose--to buy the votes of a favored narrow traditional constituency.
Kōno Yōhei only stated the obvious to these numbskulls: the people cannot be fooled.
The vote-buying plan--the purpose of this whole rigamarole for Elections Measures Chairman Koga Makoto and the other LDP retreads--is dead. The tax revenues are going into the general fund or into an environmental protection fund. If the LDP tries to pull a fast one and channel anything more than a token amount to the road construction gang, then the DPJ will pull out of the agreement--having learned from history that one never commits to anything when shaking the hand of the LDP.
The government against the people lost. The government for the people seems to have won.
Simple, it is, really.