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Political disappointments are not fraud

That’s what the GOP is arguing in a case brought by a man suing them for fraud because they’re not doing what they promised to do.

4 Responses to “Political disappointments are not fraud”

  1. MrSatyre Says:

    (I’m not a lawyer, but…)

    If politicians are employees of the state, and representatives of people who voted/lobbied for them, and their salaries come from public taxes, then it could be argued that they gained their positions through advertising promised goods. Goods which were not delivered in spite of payment (elected and paid). Sounds like fraud to me.

  2. JC Says:

    Hate to tell you this, but it’s been litigated and decided. Campaign promises are regarded as “Puffery” and not covered by fraud statues.

  3. mikee Says:

    The process is the punishment.

  4. Lyle Says:

    It would be fraud in business– You advertise that your product or service will provide X, with no intention of ever providing X, and you’re guilty of fraud. Fraud would be a just ruling in that case, and so it would be a just ruling in any other endeavor.

    That we’ve grown accustomed to politicians lying (and in this case the entire Republican party, which acquired its current status purely through false advertising), that we now expect them to lie, that it is now considered the standard, does not mean they’re any less guilty. In fact it makes them worse, for having been serial hucksters for decades.

    Their accomplices in the legal system acting as their allies does not change the fact– You can call a turd an apple pie all you want, and you can have the Supreme Court decide that it’s an apple pie, and it’s still a turd. All that’s being proven is the level of mass hypnosis, or mass insanity, in society.