The Mercatus Center at George Mason University has conducted a study to determine which states are the least and most free. Predictably, those two bastions of liberaldom, New York and California, are the least free:
It might be the ‘Land of the Free’, but some states certainly aren’t living up to the words of America’s national anthem. New York, New Jersey and California are the least free in the U.S., based on an index of public policies affecting your individual freedoms. The rankings are based economic, social and personal freedoms of Americans - and include measures such as taxes, government spending and regulations
But New Hampshire, South Dakota and Indiana are the most free states in the U.S., according to Virginia think tank the Mercatus Center.
New York is by far the least free state and has had ‘the most interstate emigration of any state over the last decade’, the 'Freedom in the 50 States' report said.
The state also has ‘by far the highest taxes in the country’ and ‘only Alaska has more government debt as a percentage of the economy’. New York’s smoking and gun laws are ‘extremely’ strict, cigarette taxes are the ‘highest in the county’ and ‘motorists are highly regulated’. The report recommends New York should legalise same-sex partnerships, cut spending, privatise transport systems and cut taxes.
With their high taxes, big government spending, and excessive regulations, New York and California are leading the nation in citizen's fleeing those oppressive states. In spite of this, California still has unemployment of 11.9%, far above the national average of 9.1%. All the people leaving New York has brought that state's unemployment down to 7.9%, thus proving that despite being the financial center of our country, liberals can still drive people away if the government becomes oppressive enough.
With all those taxes and government spending, I figured at least New York and California would have all kinds of government services and could boast about low poverty rates, but when I looked up the information, I found that was not the case. Poverty in both New York and California is above the national average. Hmmm. Could it be liberalism ain't all it's cracked up to be ? Let's look some more.
Surely, with the highest taxes in the country, at least New York and California wouldn't be drowing in debt, right ?
Wrong. New York and California are two of the most debt-ridden states in the union. It's like I always say, no amount of taxation will ever be enough to fund modern liberalism.
In review, the lands of the not-so-free, liberal New York and California, have the highest taxes, the most government spending, the most stringent regulations, high unemployment (in Cali's case), have poverty above the national average, are drowing in red ink, and people are running away from those states in droves.....or as MSNBC would put it - proof that liberalism works !
Bonus Question - Guess which states business leaders rank as the worst for business ???
Okay, that question was too easy. Naturally, the answer is liberal California and New York.
As they say, the states are our laboratories of democracy. The liberals in New York and California might want to admit their experiment is failing, not that I expect that will happen. Liberals never admit to being wrong about anything. Their solution is only...more liberalism. Good luck, liberals. You'll need it. If I know liberals, and I do, their "solutions" to the problems in high tax, big spending, not-so-free liberal states like New York and California will be - higher taxes, more spending, and less freedom. God bless 'em. Some folks cannot be taught. They just keep trying to shove that square peg into that round hole.
If liberals can screw up New York and California, the two states with the largest natural advantages over the other states, we better remain on watch to insure they keep their grubby mitts off the rest of us, if it isn't too late already.
Maybe freedom works best. I always thought so.
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