I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the budget, but I will say that the only people specifically enraged by the thought of passing the budget are those of the Defeat Stephen Harper At All Costs group. It doesn't matter that the last time Stephen Harper Was Defeated At All Costs, not one of the Opposition parties had a more appealing message for Canadians -- Liberals included.
To those who argue that by abandoning the Coalition, that Michael Ignatieff has given up any chance of defeating the government in the future, I would disagree.
The last I checked, the Bloc and the NDP lack the necessary numbers to bring down the Conservative government on their own. And, as charter members of the Defeat Stephen Harper At All Costs, their only recourse in not joining the Liberals in bringing down the government on a future measure is what?
The NDP and the Bloc have vilified abstentions and vilified supporting the government, so I don't see how they cannot support bringing down the government on a future confidence matter introduced by a Liberal motion or vote.
Clearly the Opposition must deal with the Liberal Party to defeat the Conservatives. That's the way it should be.
Canadians have chosen a Conservative government -- twice. At some point, we have to live with it and choose our battles accordingly. If we go back to them every three months saying, "No, you're wrong," we may not like the answer they come back with.