Skip to comments.Happy-Face Statism
Posted on 02/09/2013 7:13:39 AM PST by Sir Napsalot
For the last decade, some social scientists have been arguing that happiness measurements should replace or supplement established economic standards to judge a societys success. Many environmentalists also support the idea as a way of putting lipstick on policies that could slow down economic growth. And now, the idea is deemed ready to leave the ivory tower for implementation as government policy.
One can understand the appeal for the ruling elite and their camp followers of consultants and lobbyists. If government assumes the power to promote happiness, officials would have to consult with experts to figure out criteria by which a societys gross happiness index could be measured. (As we will see below, that process has already started.) Once these standards were determined, a new bureaucracy would have to be establishedlets call it HAA, the Happiness Advancement Administrationto promote happiness goals and enforce happiness regulations. One could even imagine a presidential debate, in which the challenger looks into the camera and earnestly asks, Has your government made you happier today than you were four years ago?
We have already started down Happiness Road. Bhutan recently established a National Happiness Commission, chaired by the prime minster, which must give all legislation a happiness seal of approval before it can become law. ......
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I nominate my Dad to be on The National Happiness Committee. He knows how to make you happy.
“You’re unhappy? Well, I’ll go get a feather and you can stick it up your a** and we’ll both be tickled.”
And for those who do not live up to Obama Happiness Standard,
(1) it is a mental disease;
(2) a happy pill a day “For Your Own Good”.
100x the amount of socialized medicine
+ 0.5 x the amount of after tax income
+ 50 x public transportation spending
+ 0.01 x the amount spent on private car ownership.
Standardized Happiness Index, is exactly as whatever THEY define it is.
And all that, just so we can have EQUALITY in happiness too.
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