Thursday, June 16, 2011

Most Free -- Least Free States

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most free/least free state of all?

A new study by the Libertarian leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University has produced a Freedom Ranking for each of the 50 states.

While other such studies have been done they say this is the most comprehensive to date. The rankings are based on public policies affecting individual freedoms, economic, social and personal spheres.

Daniel Rothschild, managing director of state and local policy for the Mercatus Center told the Maryland Reporter, "We hope that this study will spark a broader discussion of what freedom looks like."

This is important. What does freedom look like? How should freedom be defined?

And how "free" is Washington? Oregon? Idaho? Or your state?

A couple of observations:

1. When you click to the study you will see shades of blue on various states that relate to their level of freedom, not necessarily political view although there is a correlation in regard to some, but not all states. Those conducting the study observed, "While bright blue states tend to be more liberal on some things, the majority of them are more "paternalistic."

2. With some exceptions, population trends show people moving away from the "less free" states while "more free" states have seen population growth.

New Hampshire is ranked #1 free state. New York is #50--least free.

Idaho is #4, Oregon #8 most free, while Washington is #40 most free.

You can put together a compendium of any number of things from this study and say "this is freedom," however, I would suggest you keep in mind the Founder's definition and the Christian consensus from which it was drawn, when a passion for freedom birthed the greatest nation in the history of the human race.

Any way you slice it, Washington does not appear to be a leader. Maybe paternalistic.

This is the link to the Mercatus Center study. Read it carefully. Higher education and politicians are giving these findings a high degree of importance and influence regarding our future pursuit and definition of freedom. You should, as well.

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  1. Ha ha! Yes I read the Washington state review. Our liquor laws are too restrictive, as are the gambling laws. They think or marijuana laws are ok but should be less punishing. Motorist freedoms are infringed by cell phone usage bans and then there are those horrible smoking bans.

    But do note when it comes to personal freedoms Washington is better than most.

    And we don't have true marriage equality - that would also be a libertarian issue, getting the state either out of the marriage business altogether. Ditto with regulating abortion.

    Seriously Gary - with your constant harping about how people are doing things you don't want them to do I don't see how that jives with a libertarian mindset at all.

  2. Thanks this was pretty cool ,

    Our state got bad grades for the Growth and Shoreline Management Acts . That i totally agree with . Property Rights are important to me also .Many will agree with that . Especially conservatives.
    A one size fit none approach to land management also has caused problems and law suits in lefty countes. The law is a mess. .

    Strict regulations to private and home school .Yep! Too many government employees and we spend too much especially causing serious debt potential because we really tax too little . Hear that Mr Eyeman , back off . ;0) But yes Gergiore went on a hiring frenzy when she got in , now its doom and gllom for the state workers too , and teachers . We are firing teachers and keeping on many middle management state jobs that were created in the last 5 to 10 years .

    Health Insurance mandates , Labor and Health Insurance problems . Interesting we saw these things in the headlines for the last session .

    The cell phone issue bugs many of us , the tight control on the alcohol state run system is spoken to , we tax it terribly high , but we do not tax wine and beer as much as average . Wonder why , maybe our farmers . I never understood the micro brew deal that the dems did not want to tax with the other beer. perhaps someone can explain that one to me ?


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