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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – August 15 –
President Obama is going to start his bus trip paid for by the taxpayers, and increasing the national debt by 41 cents for each dollar spent on the trip. The trip is a combination campaign event, and supposedly a government function to create jobs. American taxpayers are being defrauded, when they end up paying for the campaign portion of the trip. If I was in charge, President Obama would pay for 41 cents of each dollar spent as his portion, which is the campaign portion.
Fraud has several elements. There must be damage, the damage must be intentional, with knowledge, et cetera:
- a representation of an existing fact;
- its materiality;
- its falsity;
- the speaker's knowledge of its falsity;
- the speaker's intent that it shall be acted upon by the plaintiff;
- plaintiff's ignorance of its falsity;
- plaintiff's reliance on the truth of the representation;
- plaintiff's right to rely upon it; and
- consequent damages suffered by plaintiff.
Most jurisdictions in the United States require that each element be pled with particularity and be proved with clear, cogent, and convincing evidence (very probable evidence) to establish a claim of fraud. The measure of damages in fraud cases is to be computed by the "benefit of bargain" rule, which is the difference between the value of the property had it been as represented, and its actual value. Special damages may be allowed if shown proximately caused by defendant's fraud and the damage amounts are proved with specificity. Wikipedia
President Obama, as a lawyer, knows what fraud is.
Look out for sob stories on this bus tour. Henrietta Hughes needed a house and a kitchen in 2008. President Obama’s handlers seem to always use plants in connection with his speeches at public appearances. If they repeat their use of plants, be very wary.