There was a big celebration on Capitol Hill today. US House members passed a tax reform bill the Speaker says is “extraordinary!”
Like the original version, the new version is extraordinary because it makes the same mistake, over and over again, in the name of doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. It just happens to be that the greater good for most people is missing!
Middle-class tax cuts are curiously missing. In fact, most Americans will see a tax increase to pay for upper-class tax cuts. In terms of tax-reform policy that will verifiably work, the good intelligence needed to reformulate it is curiously missing because, you see, “the little people” that pay taxes don’t understand the objective reality of the greater good like really smart people do. We will surely have well-paid Ivy League hacks explaining how doing the harm yields to the greater good.
(To a gaming analyst, this is the good-after-bad game. The psychology of the game, that operates to condition the victims of the scam, is to anchor-in the notion of probable risk if the bad money in the past is not supported with good money in the futures now. Fear of making the bad money effectively worse by not subsidizing it is perfect nonsense; but because it has been anchored in as a bargaining tool, at record levels, which effectively dictates the marketplace, it is considered the best practice by default, and many “liberals” go along with that.)
Now that it is known what’s missing, it can be added to the identity of what Kant described as the moral, “categorical imperative.” The imperative is, by default, effectively derived from the reality of the objective, which is a deontological expression (a work of art) existing (and efficiently caused) on demand.
“Yielding to” the objective reality of an on-demand existence, art not only imitates life, but life imitates art, categorically, by default.