Wednesday, January 20, 2010

U.S. is Becoming Less Free

According to this article, the Heritage Foundation's and the Wall Street Journal's annual ranking of nations of the world based on economic freedom reports that the United States has slipped to only the eighth freest economy - falling behind Canada (ranked as the 7th).

Also freer than the United States are: 1) Hong Kong, 2) Singapore, 3) Australia, 4) New Zealand, 5) Ireland, and 6) Switzerland.

Did you ever think you'd live to see this? Are we destined to drop further down the list?


Theophilus said...


“A great cultural and political battle is underway in America between people who want government to take care of them and people who want to take care of themselves.

The former covet their neighbors’ goods and want government to redistribute the nation’s wealth. The latter believe government exists primarily to protect the God-given rights of individuals, including not only the right to life, freedom of speech, and free exercise of religion, but also the right to own and use the hard-won fruits of their labor.” - Terry Jeffry

Right now the latter are in the majority, but the present administration refuses to respect this.

“A wise and frugal government . . . shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” -
Thomas Jefferson

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

As of yesterday, the country's freedom is totally undermined, with the decision of the Supreme Court to allow corporations to contribute as much as they like to political campaigns. Think about it.

George said...

Corporations under the old laws were still able to give as much money as they wanted; they just had to hide it better. Does anybody really think the politicians would actually cut off their biggest source of funding through campaign finance laws? The laws were written to benefit those already in power.

Not that I'm cynical or anything. :)