George Mason University's Mercatus Center, a libertarian think tank, conducted a study and ranked the freedom of our 50 states. New York was ranked as the least free state, to which NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded, 'That study should be banned !".
Okay, I'm joking about Bloomberg, but the George Mason study is real:
The "Freedom in the 50 States" study measured economic and personal freedom using a wide range of criteria, including tax rates, government spending and debt, regulatory burdens, and state laws covering land use, union organizing, gun control, education choice and more.
It found that the freest states tended to be conservative "red" states, while the least free were liberal "blue" states.
The freest state overall, the researchers concluded, was North Dakota, followed by South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Oklahoma. The least free state by far was New York, followed by California, New Jersey, Hawaii and Rhode Island.
Another way to put it is...left-wingers are weaselly litttle commie busybody control freaks. That's hardly news to me. I've been aware of it for decades. Liberals, whose very name means "liberty", are the most anti-liberty folks around. Ironic, isn't it ?
The Mercatus Center also found that people are moving away from the less free liberal states and toward the more free red states:
New York, for example, saw a net migration of -9.2% between 2000 and 2011, and California's was -4.2%. In contrast, Tennessee gained 4.4%, and Oklahoma gained 1.3%.
An IBD analysis of the data found that "red" states — those voting for Republican presidential candidates in the past two elections — saw an overall net migration of 2.2%, while "blue" states saw an overall average net migration of -0.3%.
The red states also saw stronger job growth than the blue states since the recession.
These observations are no surprise to me, because, as I always try to tell people, liberal economic policies bring about higher prices, fewer jobs, and ultimately, less economic growth. That's why I oppose liberal economic policies, because they end up hurting the very people liberals claim to want to help, the poor and middle class. For all the left-wing rhetoric blasting the rich, the real issue is that left-wing economic policies hurt the non-rich. Maybe someday conservatives will figure out how to relay this message to America, but they've done a piss-poor job of it so far.
What about personal freedom ? You'd think the liberal states would have an advantage there over those uptight conservative states, eh ?
...contrary to conventional wisdom, the researchers found that conservative states are just as likely as liberal ones to score well on measures of personal freedom, which looked at laws covering marijuana use, gambling, marriage rights, alcohol and tobacco use, gun control, victimless crimes and the like.
"Personal freedom does not relate straightforwardly to the left-right spectrum at all," the study noted.
I guess it depends on how you define personal freedom. Gay rights ? Advantage liberals. Gun rights ? Advantage conservatives.
All the fastest growing states are more conservative ones, unless you count the District Of Columbia, and it should be no secret why D.C. is growing by leaps and bounds. It's because the federal government has been growing by leaps and bounds. When big government takes over rover, the seat of power is a big time grower. People complain about the government being beholden to special interests, but maybe they overlook the fact that the government is it's own special interest. The people in government look out for the people in government. They look out for themselves. There is no special interest more important to someone than themself. That's the main reason federal workers make so much more money than private sector workers, and why that gap has been growing. Whose wages/benefits do you believe are more important to federal employees, their own or YOURS, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer ? Guess who comes out on the short end of that stick ? Collective bargaining, my aunt fanny. When public servants are making twice the wages/benefits of the private sector workers who pay their salaries, that's not collective bargaining, it's collective rape. In the public sector, the driving idea behind unionism, fair wages, has been warped beyond recognition. Then the public sector poseurs pretend that $85 billion in federal spending cuts is some kind of draconian nightmare. That's $85 billion in cuts out of a $3.7 TRILLION federal budget. If that's draconian, then I'm Julius Caesar. Our federal special interest is more than willing to extract what it wants from your pockets in order to fill it's own pockets, and more than willing to infringe on your economic freedom to do it.
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