It probably comes as no surprise to readers of this blog to learn that I was not pleased, to put it mildly, by Tuesday's election results.
We all have to deal in our own particular ways with things that upset us. Mine include resolving greatly to lessen the amount of attention that I pay to U.S. politics, at least for an interim period of time. This is a period of great uncertainty anyway, and I am hoping that we will land within the less crazy, rather than the more crazy, range of possible scenarios. But I don't view it as personally constructive to spend my time, as all this gets worked out, agonizing about things that I can't affect anyway, rather than going on with my life.
I am hoping not everyone will do this, but we all have different roles to play, and different personal and family needs to address.
I will pay attention to tax proposals that emerge from the new administration. While I am bound to dislike both the distributional and budgetary effects of these proposals, it's not impossible that they will actually have structural or design virtues. In particular, international and business taxation could be made either better or worse as a matter of basic structure and design. We will see.
Meanwhile, I'm going on with things that interest me and/or which I can do something about. I've had a quite enjoyable time at the National Tax Association annual meeting in Baltimore, especially socially (seeing colleagues and friends) and I may blog about the conference later today when I'm on the train back to NYC. An article of mine that, in my final page proof read, I actually quite liked (although my reactions to rereading my own work can vary) is going to be published and posted online by the University of Miami Law Review, perhaps as soon as today. More on that when it happens. It discusses high-end inequality, clearly a topic of continuing interest. And I've made great strides, I think, in improving the structure and flow of the early portions of my book-in-progress on literature and high-end inequality.
Candide in his garden? Perhaps.