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  • US economic freedom ranking improves slightly

    10/11/2017 8:21:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/11/2017 | Rick Moran
    The annual Economic Freedom of the World report has been released and it shows a slight improvement in the rankings for the United States. The report is copublished by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute in Canada and more than 70 think tanks around the world. The criteria used to determine which countries enjoy the most economic freedom include sound money, rule of law, and security of property rights, among other factors. The US ranking had been in steady decline for the last few decades which contrasts with the ranking we enjoyed in the 1980s and early 90's when we were...
  • Prosperity Cities

    06/07/2017 4:33:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2017 | John Stossel
    Lovers of socialism didn't like my column last week. I wrote that Venezuela's collapse shows the cluelessness of celebrities like Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and Noam Chomsky, who'd praised Venezuela's leader. Chomsky called me "an utter coward" for mocking him and said he expected "an abject apology." He won't get one. As Venezuelan-born filmmaker Thor Halvorssen puts it, "Chomsky provided cover for a regime where 11,500 infants died from lack of medical care." But assigning blame matters less than what should be done now. After the regime collapses, what comes next? How about trying capitalism? That's what Erick Brimen suggests....
  • US Now Ranked #17 in Economic Freedom Falling Behind Lithuania, Estonia, UAE, Others

    02/16/2017 8:25:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 16, 2017 | 10:32 AM EST | Daniel Mitchell
    The Index of Economic Freedom is my favorite annual publication from the Heritage Foundation. Its a rich source of information, using dozens of data sources, about economic liberty around the world. I first wrote about the Index back in 2010 and shared the bad news that the U.S. score dropped dramatically in Obamas first year. Well, the new Index lets us see the net effect of Obamas entire tenure. The worse news is that the U.S. score has dropped to 75.1 on a 0-100 scale. And the worst news is that this represents Americas lowest score in the twenty-plus years...
  • [Copied and retitled by blogger "Papa Giorgio" onto personal YouTube account ] An Incarcerated NY'er

    Calls are my favorite, this one though is one of the best EVA! Juan is the man, and his common sense exudes forth like a graduate degree with attitude. What a great call!
  • In Comparative Economic Freedom, the U.S. Is in 16th Place For the Second Consecutive Year

    09/21/2016 1:16:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2016 | Michael Tanner
    Hooray, were number . . . 16!? The latest Index of the Economic Freedom of the World was released last week, and the United States held its ranking as the 16th freest economy (see page 8 of the report), the same ranking as last year. I suppose it could have been worse. The Economic Freedom of the World report is put together every year by a consortium of more than 70 think tanks from around the world. It rates countries on a variety of policies from the size of government and the tax and regulatory burden to the soundness of...
  • Insanity Once More: The Hillary Clinton Economic Plan

    08/13/2016 2:24:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2016 | Larry Kudlow
    Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, when in fact the results never change, is one definition of insanity. That definition works for economic insanity, too. Over the past seven-and-a-half years, President Obama has maintained a steady course of burdensome new regulations, significant tax increases, and massive federal spending on so-called infrastructure. He has unconstitutionally ordered executive actions, favored labor over business, attacked banks, insulted successful corporate leaders, and backed federal-government mandates on business. And with all this, strong economic recovery from a deep recession -- which has been an American tradition -- never came...
  • Justin Fever Puts Canadas Economic Freedom at Risk

    03/10/2016 7:57:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 10, 2016 | Anthony B. Kim
    Justin Trudeau, Canadas new prime minister, is currently visiting Washington to deepen ties with President Barack Obama and make headway on an ambitious left-leaning agenda on a wider range of issues. From an economics perspective, the summit is basically like Trudeaunomics-meets-Obamanomics, which can double the risk of undermining Canadas economic freedom and dynamism. [] The U.S. has fallen from the 6th freest economy in the world, when Obama took office, to 11th place in 2016. Americas declining score in the index is closely related to the Obamanomics, which has been hurting the economic livelihood of the poor and minorities the...
  • America’s Economic Freedom Has Rapidly Declined Under Obama (from 6th most free to 11th)

    02/01/2016 9:30:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | January 31, 2016 | Anthony B. Kim
    Millions of people around the world are emerging from poverty thanks to rising economic freedom. But by sharp contrast, America's economic freedom has been on a declining path over the past decade. According to the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, an annual publication by The Heritage Foundation, America's economic freedom has tumbled. With losses of economic freedom in eight of the past nine years, the U.S. has tied its worst score ever, wiping out a decade of progress. The U.S. has fallen from the 6th freest economy in the world, when President Barack Obama took office, to 11th place in...
  • Be Leery Of Governmental Distortion Of the Market

    12/30/2015 10:39:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    An activist government can wreak havoc on the free market. From our nation's earliest days, it was heard that "the power to tax is the power to destroy." But Americans should be especially wary of when the government steps beyond setting rules for the marketplace and seeks to set the marketplace itself. This is the risk when government regulators overplay their hand with pending mergers and acquisitions. Consumers are served best by free markets, even when market forces drive some competitors to consolidate or merge. 2015 was the biggest year ever for corporate mergers, with roughly $4.7 trillion in mergers...
  • This is Free Republic. We're on a mission from God! [Judeo-Christian God Caucus]

    11/09/2015 2:29:46 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 66 replies
    November 9, 2015 | Jim Robinson
    <p>This is Free Republic. Our mission here is to fight against the America-hating, God-hating, Cristianity-hating, Jew-hating, capitalism-hating, abortionist/homosexualist, leftist revolutionaries and marxist/fascist totalitarians who are hellbent on destroying our constitution, our religious freedom, our economic freedom, our Judeo-Christian way of life and the America we love.</p>
  • Estonia Has Risen from Its Soviet Roots to Become a Country for the Future

    10/31/2015 1:49:49 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 39 replies
    CATO ^ | 18 Oct 15 | Richard W. Rahn
    A mere quarter of a century ago Estonia was a very poor backwater on the Baltic Sea that was still under domination of the Soviet Union. But the country’s story is one of remarkable—and improbable—success. Estonia has been the most successful of the former communist-controlled countries. It is arguably the most advanced country in the world when it comes to use of the Internet and related technologies. Modern Estonians enjoy the rule of law, the lowest debt-to-GDP ratio in the EU, a balanced budget, free trade, and a flat-rate income tax — all of which have led to their high...
  • America's economic freedom ranking has plummeted...you know why...

    09/14/2015 5:23:20 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    American Irony ^ | 9-14-15 | The Looking Spoon
    From the Washington Examiner:The United States, ranked second in worldwide economic freedom as recently as 2000, has plummeted to 16th, according to a new report of world economies. That's quite a development! When do you think that happened? You get no guesses...because 1+1 is harder to answer than this...but for under a rock dwelling morons low-information liberals (but I repeat myself)... The Fraser Institute's annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, showed that the country's drop started in 2010, the second year of the Obama administration.Yes, Barry, yes you did... Before liberals get knotted up tighter than the cords around...
  • GOP cattle call rumbles through South Carolina [not in the herd: Bush, Huckabee, Paul, Christie]

    05/09/2015 3:07:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 9, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    GREENVILLE, S.C. The Republican dog and pony show hits Upstate South Carolina on Saturday as nearly a dozen presidential hopefuls pitch conservative activists during a forum on economic freedom. The Palmetto State hosts the third nominating contest of the 2016 presidential primary and first in the Republican-dominated South. That makes South Carolina a critical battleground in the race for the GOP nomination, even though the state's streak of picking the party's presidential nominee was broken three years ago. Upstate South Carolina is considered the conservative bastion of this decidedly red state. Scott Ramsey, a 47-year-old Republican voter from Spartanburg...
  • The Ticket to Prosperity

    04/08/2015 4:37:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Gaza is home to Palestinian people, who have suffered injustices and have a history of legitimate grievances against both Israel and Arab governments. If there's one immutable fact of life, it is that history cannot be changed or controlled. What can be changed and controlled is the future. That points to the most tragic aspect of people in poor territories such as Gaza -- focusing attention on the past, which they can do nothing about, and not paying enough attention to the future. In the case of Palestinians, the first order of business is to recognize that they cannot militarily...
  • Max De Pree has the answer to Ferguson

    09/15/2014 6:04:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Star Parker
    This is my third consecutive column about the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black youth, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. I have focused on this because the circumstances that led to this tragedy point to more than narrow, parochial concerns of low-income minority communities. They point to things fundamentally wrong in America that are dragging us all down. Hopefully, remedial measures will be adopted that will lower the likelihood that a police officer will reduce a black youth to a racial stereotype and kill him. But even with such measures, we cannot continue to ignore circumstances...
  • Economic Freedom

    07/02/2014 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama, speaking on the economy, told an audience in Osawatomie, Kansas: "'The market will take care of everything,' they tell us. ... But here's the problem: It doesn't work. It has never worked. ... I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory." To believe what the president and many others say about the market's not working requires that one be grossly uninformed or dishonest. The key features of a free market system are private property rights and private ownership of the means of production. In addition, there's a large...
  • RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND ECONOMIC LIBERTY: TRULY INDIVISIBLE

    05/08/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 8, 2014 | By Samuel Gregg
    Whichever way the United States Supreme Court rules on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, one fact has become abundantly clear. We are belatedly realizing that different forms of freedom are more dependent on each other than many have hitherto supposed. Who would have thought that the welfare states expansion in the guise of Obamacarewhich, by definition, significantly reduces economic freedomwould directly impact the ability of individuals and groups to conduct their affairs in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs? This, however, is precisely the reality confronting us. Most people are used to thinking of religious liberty as a prerequisite...
  • Economic Freedom Fuels Drive From Food stamps To Facebook

    03/04/2014 3:18:57 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 4, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Last month, as Ukrainian migr-turned-tech tycoon Jan Koum prepared to cash a multibillion-dollar check from Facebook -- acquirer of his startup WhatsApp -- then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was checking out of the Gatsby-esque estate where he'd cached his stolen plunder. That the two Ukrainians derived their riches under diametrically opposed systems -- free enterprise versus banana republic -- illustrates why all income inequalities are not, shall we say, created equal. Most don't resent the rich -- only the undeservedly rich -- as a recent Venezuelan protest sign conveyed: These Castro-Chavistas speak like Marx, govern like Stalin and live like Rockefeller,...
  • While economic freedom declines in the US, it rises across the globe

    01/15/2014 8:03:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/15/2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    The wealth of nations has increased by astronomical amounts over the last 2 decades. Literally billions of people have been brought out of poverty thanks to economic freedom. It is as if once the Soviet Union died, once the scourge of international socialism was utterly and completely decimated both economically and intellectually, humanity couldnt help but lurch forward. Actually that is what happened. Sadly we have gone in the opposite direction over the last 2 decades. Instead of freeing our economy we have wrapped it ever more in welfare state red tape. We have regulations on top of regulations on...
  • In Economic Freedom, Now Were No. 12! : America slips for the seventh straight year

    01/14/2014 5:33:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/14/2014 | Deroy Murdock
    The United States is on a steady skid downward. The latest milestone in Americas decline is especially demoralizing: The U.S. has slouched from among the worlds Top 10 freest economies. In fact, were No. 12 down two spots from No. 10 last year. This bad news emerges from the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released this morning by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. Now considered only a mostly free economy, the U.S. has earned the dubious distinction of having recorded one of the longest sustained declines in economic freedom, second only to Argentina, of any...