The USA government has decided to have a shutdown because they were not able to find a resolution for the economical problems towards 2014. Obamacare has had some loop holes while in progress and now there are complications that can not be solved. “About 800,000 federal employees were indefinitely furloughed without pay, another 1.3 million were required to report to work without immediate pay, and many services were suspended; only those employees and services deemed “excepted” under the Antideficiency Act remained active.”
Remembering Bentham’s point of view of ‘’ higher pleasures vs. lower pleasures’’, one can say that although the USA government shut-down led to many difficulties, it will eventually lead to a better quality of life for the citizens. According to Bentham, “the good and happiness of the members, that is the majority of the members of any state, is the great standard by which everything relating to that state must finally be determined”, the shut down can be regarded as the ‘’better’’ for the people eventually. The good and happiness we want and need for the citizen will be led from this path and onwards.
Looking from Mill’s perspective on the other hand, “it is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool
satisfied.” So the quantity of pleasure here is not the wanted pleasure. The citizens do not want to be without a government, i.e. no services and bad quality of life. Therefore looking from Mill’s perspective, the position the US government is in now, is not received so well.
The two different points makes a perfect view for the eyes of outsiders, like us. Bentham’s way of thinking showing us to be optimistic while Mill gives us the opinion of a sentimental, depressive scenario, emphasizing on the “greater satisfaction”. Either way, these perspectives, while showing a deeper side and a more critical aspect of these important news, mean very little to those who live ‘’in’’ the news, finding themselves facing hospital closures or firemen, ambulances not available.
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shutdown will work, Brad Plumer,The Washington Post, September 30, 2013