A fellow Rep emailed me this afternoon noting that New Hampshire is tied as the freest state in the country. Tied with what other state? It's South Dakota. (Must be that George McGovern influence. New Hampshire undoubtedly would have been way ahead of South Dakota had it not been for four years of Democrat rule. Check back with us next year!
ABC News ran the story this way, "Live free or die? New Hampshire may be on to something, according to researchers at George Mason University's Mercatus Center. They used a variety of statistics to rank the 50 states for their just-published report on which states are the freest--and least free--from taxes and government regulation."
Not surprisingly, New York and New Jersey are least free. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware are also among the worst. Hey, at least my native state of Vermont is not among the very worst. Along with Maine, it's a lighter shade of dark blue, but still leaves most of the Northeast as terrible.
Hey, anyone think it's mere conicident that the least free states are the very ones which also vote for the most Democrats? My guess is that freedom equates with Republican and capitalist ideals which made this a great country (back in the 19th century--Democrats, like Grover Cleveland, were far from the left wing socialist loonies they are today). Obamaism equates to lack of freedom, to economic and social enslavement. Just look at the map...if it reproduces here.
"The professors who authored the study believe that this freedom as they define it makes a lot of difference to the happiness and well-being of the governed," ABC News reports.
It's a lengthy report. Google "new Hampshire south Dakota" and you'll get it.
Looks like we're freer than Iowa, South Carolina, and Nevada which dare challenge us for the right to vote first for President. We should have a new motto, "Let the freest vote first!"
(Mercatus Center at George Mason University/ABC News)