Politicians should be charged for false promises after they get elected

January 23, 2015, 6:04 pm

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The debate "Politicians should be charged for false promises after they get elected" was started by Ornes on January 23, 2015, 6:04 pm. 39 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 21 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

Aakanksha posted 1 argument, ayleine posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
PsychDave posted 2 arguments, Sosocratese posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.

Ornes, SpiritofDeath, wmd, Mriduljain, true_debate_life, Aakanksha, daisy, Kirito, Sidharth, akshay58165, ayleine, denmob, resiliently and 26 visitors agree.
PsychDave, Seraph, Gurkavitch, Sosocratese, theguy, DeWthaDeW, sickboyblonde, slash606 and 13 visitors disagree.

OK, I guess its wrong to lie. No-lying is wrong. But not everything is possible. They are humans too. They have their limits. So, I guess they can be excused. But, they also need to give reasons on breaking the promises they gave.

4 years, 9 months ago

It's absurd to hold politicians responsible for campaign promises. While those ideas may be the wish of the public, the electorate has to do what is possible, not what is promised. It would be impossible to get anything through today's Congress that was untainted by partisan bickering and compromise. How could you hold anyone to such an impossible standard when the environment that they must function in is so corrosive as to not allow them to live up to that standard?

4 years, 10 months ago

Aakanksha How do you know they didn't intend to do it? If you promised someone that you would pay them back $200 you owed them within the next month, then lost your job, should you be charged if you can't fulfill your promise? Politicians have an ideal that they believe in (at least the good ones do). Their election promises tell everyone how they intend to run things. Once they are in office, things are rarely as easy or as tidy as on paper. It is hard to say how much of politicians not fulfilling their promises is because they never intended to, and how much is that they couldn't.

4 years, 10 months ago

yeah they should be charged with fraud. whenever they make a statement which they didn't intent to perform at the time of making it, its a pure fraud. or when they make a false statement or hides some fact.

4 years, 10 months ago

If a politician said they would balance the budget and, the year after he is elected there is a recession, it is not necessarily his fault. They should be held accountable for lies, but not all broken promises are the politicians fault.

4 years, 10 months ago
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