President Obamas’ Utilitarianism

By Cari

John Stuart Mills talks about utilitarianism in the past reading. He refers to utilitarianism as the happiness theory. This theory is based off the choices we make that produce pleasure. He states ” Whatever can be proved to be good must be so by being shown to be a means to something admitted to be good without proof”. He also states ” as impracticably dry when the word utility precedes the word pleasure , and as too practicably woluptuous when the word pleasure precedes the word utility”.

In the article that I chose it talks about a plan that Obama came up with to help people out. The plan that Obama came up with was Obamacare. President Obama has demonstrated his willingness to apply the “ends justify the means” approach to exceed his authority “for the good of the union. Obamas’ plan was to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in the interest of insuring the “government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few.” That is his version of the utilitarian “happiness for the greatest number” talk no matter if it does violate the wealthiests’ property rights. Of course President Obama threw in terms like “free enterprise” and “individual initiative”

But as Mills states in the reading “Utility or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness”. This can be seen when in the article it says “A more economically savvy utilitarian would realize punishing because of success and rewarding for of lack of success results in an overall decrease of wealth, thus reducing total happiness”. This means that although Obamacare was meant for the good of the majoirty, it decreases wealth from the upper-class citizens.

Source: https://libertycounselaction.org/blog/lca/PresidentObamaUtilitarianism


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