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U.S. Drops to 18th in Global Economic-Freedom Rankings: Are You Worried?

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The Fraser Institute report smacked U.S.A. down from 8th place a decade ago. Big government policies and a trend to more regulations by Washington, D.C. has dropped America out of the top 10.

The report blasts American policies in regard to freedom: The United States, long considered the standard bearer for economic freedom among large industrial nations, has experienced a substantial decline in economic freedom during the past decade.
WND.COM reports:
The United States has slipped to 18th in the world when it comes to economic freedom, according to an annual ranking of nations issued by the Fraser Institute.
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  • Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO 2012/10/22 19:32:22
    Yes, I'm worried
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    +1
    but not because of this pathetic reasoning.

    "a trend to more regulations by Washington, D.C." .... what a freaking joke! The oligarchy always whining about "regulations" while they have installed their own people into the regulatory positions and fell asleep at the wheel. LMAO! What a JOKE!
  • Little Angel 2012/10/22 19:13:29
    No, I'm not worried
    Little Angel
    That's why I invest in Silver and Copper! Best thing to do when the World seems to be going crazy.
  • whipnet Little ... 2012/10/22 19:25:31
    whipnet
    I also invest in ammunition. :)

    *
  • Cuthbert Allsgood 2012/09/25 19:02:36
    Yes, I'm worried
    Cuthbert Allsgood
    +2
    And not just about economic freedoms either. Not only is the U.S. dropping in global rankings all over the place, our citizens seem to *want* to give up their personal liberties and seem content to let the government run their lives.

    We are also more philosophically divided as a nation than I can personally think of in history, except for probably the Civil War.
  • CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/25 17:40:32
    Yes, I'm worried
    CMackley ~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Going exactly as Obama's big government Marxist policies were planned. We need to get rid of this manchurian candidate yesterday.
  • Tasine 2012/09/25 17:07:39
    Yes, I'm worried
    Tasine
    +4
    Worried, but not the least bit surprised. Sounds like the plan to destroy the US economy is coming along as hoped by whoever saw to it that Obama was installed in the Presidency.
  • eliosc 2012/09/25 16:51:38
    Yes, I'm worried
    eliosc
    +2
    You can thank that to O.
  • AM 2012/09/25 13:42:21
  • Cricket AM 2012/09/26 16:28:07
    Cricket
    Yeh, that's who should be guiding this nation...an idiot and his pathological-liar-sidekick. Yeh, you just hang on to that thought.
  • AM Cricket 2012/09/26 21:10:57
  • joan.sloane 2012/09/25 10:00:05
    Yes, I'm worried
    joan.sloane
    +2
    Obama has a list of faults as long as my arm but let’s get a hold on reality. On SH it seems so many are blaming Obama for everything that goes wrong in the world. To have caused so much world wide disaster in only four years would be crediting him with a God like power.

    Vote Obama out, who cares? The USA and the rest of the world are on a path that isn’t about to change regardless of who is in the oval office.
  • Phil_will1 joan.sl... 2012/11/05 23:06:31
    Phil_will1
    This lady gets it!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    We are on an unsustainable path in so many areas. Neither Romney nor Obama will change the pathway much. Romney may tinker around the edges just a little bit, but basically we are headed for a cliff and the major difference is how fast we are moving toward it.

    Personally, I would just as soon we go over it sooner and stop drawing this thing out.
  • Karen 2012/09/25 05:27:15
    No, I'm not worried
    Karen
    Right wing extremist news media reporting on a right wing report. At least they could have found a right wing Institute in the USA, but from Canada, really....did they think we wouldn't know?
  • y so serious 2012/09/25 00:48:16
    Yes, I'm worried
    y so serious
    +1
    I've kind of BEEN worried to be perfectly honest, and this show summed up how i feel

  • Flaming... y so se... 2012/09/25 14:34:36
    Flamingolady
    +1
    This is a stunning and sobering declaration, and I thank you for posting it. It surely made me sit back and think.
  • y so se... Flaming... 2012/09/25 21:31:23
    y so serious
    I don't agree 100 percent with everything said but i do agree with basically 98 % of it, we are and were the greatest country in the world...and need to start acting like we are and stop being so self preoccupied
  • Flaming... y so se... 2012/09/26 02:46:38
    Flamingolady
    Agree 100%!
  • y so se... Flaming... 2012/09/26 04:23:32
    y so serious
    Well I don't find us to be a nation where our greatness is dead. Our greatness is dying, and its condition is worsening, staggeringly, and if it isn't corrected....
  • Nate Hubert 2012/09/24 23:16:02
    Yes, I'm worried
    Nate Hubert
    +1
    Interesting, that you all would try to pin this on Obama, when in fact even the report blasts the policies of the last decade - during which, if I recall, BUSH ran the country for 8 years and we saw a large, extended DECLINE in government and regulations that you all claim "kill our economy and freedom." Problem...?
  • Pronata... Nate Hu... 2012/10/30 22:31:25
    Pronatalist Pronatalist
    So what happened to all the opposition to the unconstitutional Patriot Act, and what happened to all the Bush-bashing now that tyrant Obama needs to be bashed? Hypocrite liberal-retards. Never there for the right issues, when they are needed? Or not.

    where are the bush bashers now
  • Nate Hu... Pronata... 2012/10/31 00:06:59 (edited)
    Nate Hubert
    I have so many problems with everything you just said, and some of it made so little sense, that I really don't want to take the time to go into detail with my reply.

    All I will say is, 1) I'm not a liberal, and 2) since when was this about the Patriot Act? This discussion was about the economy. But since you brought it up: I never supported the Patriot Act, and I still don't. I don't care whose policy it is, it is a blatant violation of our rights as citizens (that shouldn't affect anyone's decision in this election, though, because both candidates support it anyway).
  • TheBadOne 2012/09/24 22:55:33
    No, I'm not worried
    TheBadOne
    +2
    Germany and Japan both rank lower than the US but both have a far lower unemployment rate than the US or some of the other countries listed above (such as Bahrain, which boasts an incredible 15% unemployment rate.) Even the almighty Hong Kong, the one genuine bastion of free markets, is starting to face concerns that the tumbling of other markets will adversely affect their financial stability at home while housing prices are expanding to the point where your average person can't afford a home. Granted, those at the bottom of the list are hardly bastions of freedom at any level, but those are also African countries that have had a longstanding history of corruption that makes anything our elected leaders can do look like child's play by comparison.
  • Susan 2012/09/24 21:49:44
    Yes, I'm worried
    Susan
    +1
    That is why I want Obama out of office January 2013.
  • Pronata... Susan 2012/10/30 22:34:54
    Pronatalist Pronatalist
    Why do you want to give tyrant Obama until January to finish the wreck he has made of this once-great country? Impeach him today!

    impeach obama
  • Susan Pronata... 2012/11/01 22:53:48
    Susan
    +1
    If there's a chance that we could get rid of BO before January, then I say let's go for it.
  • Nathan Gallup 2012/09/24 21:03:50
    Yes, I'm worried
    Nathan Gallup
    +2
    Too much regulation on things that don't matter, and not enough regulation on the things that do
  • adeenmckenziekennedy 2012/09/24 21:01:32
  • kerijay adeenmc... 2012/09/25 18:40:16
    kerijay
    +2
    America is being destroyed from within.
  • adeenmc... kerijay 2012/09/25 19:18:36
  • Kigan 2012/09/24 18:54:17
    Yes, I'm worried
    Kigan
    +2
    While we all struggle, the people in charge act like things are getting better all the time.

    That is what leads to things going from bad to worse.
  • L1 2012/09/24 18:52:37
    Yes, I'm worried
    L1
    +2
    And it will probably get worse before it gets better....
  • Cricket L1 2012/09/26 16:29:17
    Cricket
    +1
    I feel you are 100% accurate!
  • Charge 2012/09/24 18:06:39
    Yes, I'm worried
    Charge
    +2
    As long as Obama and the Progressive Liberals are in charge I'm worried.
  • Matthew Franklin Cooper 2012/09/24 17:36:16
    No, I'm not worried
    Matthew Franklin Cooper
    +4
    The Fraser Institute is an utter joke. Demonstrably repressive governments like Hong Kong, Singapore, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and so forth score high on their list, and the countries with the highest degrees of political freedom and the highest standards of living rank far lower (Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France, Iceland). Hell, China has huge problems but is still blowing us out of the water economically, yet they rank in the bottom of the third quartile.

    Yeah, we're so far in decline soon we'll be like Norway. As if. Move along, folks, nothing to see here.
  • Magus BN-0 Matthew... 2012/09/24 19:42:45
    Magus BN-0
    Yeah, the Fraser Institute considers "freedom" to mean "huge tax cuts and deregulation for big corporations".
  • fortyca... Matthew... 2012/09/25 19:45:25
    fortycal_sig
    It's an index of ECONOMIC freedom, geniuses.
  • Matthew... fortyca... 2012/10/02 12:16:53
    Matthew Franklin Cooper
    I'd have infinitely more respect for that distinction if the other side didn't consistently go out of its way to ignore it, and continued to falsely claim a connexion between ECONOMIC so-called 'freedom' and POLITICAL and SOCIAL freedom. Genius.
  • fortyca... Matthew... 2012/10/02 14:17:54
    fortycal_sig
    What's false about the connection?
  • Matthew... fortyca... 2012/10/03 05:19:03 (edited)
    Matthew Franklin Cooper
    Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, France and Iceland are all politically the freest countries in the world, and yet receive lower scores from the Failser Institute than dictatorships like the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Singapore and Hong Kong.

    You do the math.
  • kultur 2012/09/24 17:01:13
    Yes, I'm worried
    kultur
    No comment. Just worry...lol......
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