Originally Posted by jazzguru
The decision that is going to be made, or the decision that should be made?
Maybe we should start with what a "good" decision/choice is.
But let's remember that this particular decision (and others like it), by its structure, is not an individual decision (though it is a composite or aggregate of a bunch of individual decisions), it is a collective decision.
So what is a "good" decision, generally?
Is a good decision a decision/choice (by whatever means it is arrived at...i.e., individual or collective) that decision that results in the best outcome given the options available?
Note that there might have been a better option, but one that was not realistically or feasibly available at that time.
Let's say I'm hungry, homeless and have no money. Someone offers me something to eat: Either a spam sandwich or a bean taco. I HATE both. I dislike the taste of both. I'd love to have a steak with baked potato and asparagus. However, I'm still hungry. What are my options?
a) Continue being hungry
b) Eat the spam sandwich
c) Eat the bean taco
What's the "good" choice here?
Now let's make it a collective choice: A room of hundred people...all hungry, homeless and penniless. There will only be one kind of food served: Either spam sandwiches or bean tacos. Not both. It will depend on how everyone votes. The majority of those voting will decide the food to be served.
What is the "good" choice now?
I'll tell you which I think it is...it is the food choice that is least bad for me or most beneficial. Perhaps the bean taco (which I still hate) offers slightly more nutrition to my body than the spam sandwich. Perhaps it enables me to live for another day and, perhaps, enables me to have enough energy to work toward that steak dinner.
Both choices suck, but if they are all you have, you take the least bad one. Granted, it can sometimes be difficult to discern which that is. Especially in politics where people lie and and say one thing to get elected and do something else once elected. In politics the decisions are, of course, much bigger and more complicated. The decision about president doesn't stand on its own, it relates to who is in Congress as well for example.
Is Romney a better choice than Obama? I don't know the answer to that. It may, for example, depend on who is control of Congress after all of this. It might be, in my opinion, better for us to have a Democrat as president if the Republicans control congress in the hopes that these two factions will stand in each other's way enough to do less damage. On the other hand, this structure also cannot undo things that might need to be undone and...they might get together and "compromise" to do stupid things that they both agree on.
Edited by MJ1970 - 8/14/12 at 3:16pm