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Promises, Promises; Or, How Many Legal Lies Can a Poltiician Tell

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With less than a week before the election, Marshbaum has been campaigning furiously.

 "A chicken in every pot! Natural gas drilling will save the universe. Free health care for everyone!"

 "Marshbaum!" I commanded, "you can't make those kinds of promises."

 "You're right. I don't want to offend the health care industry. There's a lot of campaign money there. I'll just make up something else."

 "You just can't make up campaign promises."

 "Sure I can. It's easy. How about 'Vote for Marshbaum and win a date with Bette Midler?'"

 "You don't even know Bette Midler."

  "I like her movies," he said casually.

 "It has nothing to do with her movies," I said.

 "Think someone doesn't like her singing? I sure don't want to offend anyone. I could make it a date with Angelina Jolie. How about Brad Pitt for the women? Justin Bieber for teens?"

 "MARSHBAUM!" I screamed. "Get reasonable!"

 He thought a moment. "You're right. Angelina and Brad are probably out wasting their time doing some kind of charity work. How about 'Elect Marshbaum and you'll never pay taxes again!'"

 "That's ridiculous," I said. "No one will believe you."

 "Doesn't matter if they do or don't as long as they vote for me."

 "But you'd be lying to the people," I said.

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