Should politicians be held to "Truth in Advertising"?

Should politicians be held to "Truth in Advertising"?

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tliottaCommented:
Yes. And, IMO, they are. Penalties are imposed by the (majority of) voters.

Tom
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SunBowAuthor Commented:
Or - ought be by voters, who seem to have face "they all do it" all too often.

Commercials for products have a different standard, as do their supporters they claim are not.

But still, if you buy fancy car, the pretty girl comes with it, right? And politicians who cheat on spouse have higher family values.

Just because they are outnumbered by lobbyists has nothing to do with their using copy machine to use lobby agenda as re$earched policy. Popular sports figures and covers know which products produce happiness in others.
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tliottaCommented:
E.g., "higher family values"...

For a legislative politician, how can it matter whether he/she cheats on his/her spouse as long as desired (by voters) legislation is supported? Isn't the resulting legislation the only thing that matters?

Tom
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SunBowAuthor Commented:
Is legislation resulting?

er, they say they'll vote, lie about voting, and 'facts' of matters, but rarely do much but run for office, media attention, saying things like 10 ISIS fighters crossed border at El Paso, source of Ebola, fear mongering, while they and their 'friends' ( financiers) have higher family values than we do, so they deserve to have the last 1/2 year off-work. Some vacation plan.

But then, there is that electoral process, although more of US voters abstain than elsewhere, they've a gullibility factor to overcome. (most think  all of congress should be removed except their own). Penalties imposed are more often by aggressive lawmen seeking justice than voters.

I can agree that cheating on spouse (home life privacy) should not be treated same as legislation - unless person is lying about their status of 'model' home life. It's been said that while Gary Hart bowed out of race, his popularity rose more with the publication of photo of him with one not his wife. "More power to you".  (and more likely to care about life, less likely to press button of destruction).

If they lie about contents of bills, voting record, they warrant a good slap. Children are held accountable, products held accountable, why not adults?

<sigh> wrapping it up, moving on, only a couple weeks to election.
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SunBowAuthor Commented:
(not same as a lie, but some accountability)

The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master’s degree of U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, Walsh and the college said Friday.
https://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/11/news/nation/us-senator-stripped-of-masters-degree-for-plagiarism/
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tliottaCommented:
Again, voters either hold them accountable... or they don't. If a majority choose not to, then who should have the power to say otherwise? The minority? If that wouldn't be the biggest possible can of worms a democratic election process could face, I don't know what would be.

Not a great situation. But what is?

Tom
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