How Free Are We?

If we don’t have economic liberty, how free are we?

We started holding 4th place in economic freedom in 1995 and ended up with the least in 2012, compared to Australia and Canada. Then we nose-dived in 2009. We ranked 5th at 81.2 in 2006, slipped to 80.9 in 2008 with a slight decline to 6th place in 2009 and ended up ranking 10th at 76.3 in 2012 (lower than where we started in 1995). Spanning the same years, Hong Kong and Singapore’s booming economy ( ranking #1), far out ranked Australia and Canada. Both of these highest ranks stayed in the 90th percentile as “free.”

Graph your own data here:
http://www.heritage.org/index/embed/visualize/2012?countries=UnitedStates|Australia|Canada

Leadership and Legislators all across this great country, starting with Washington has been asleep at the wheel. “We the people” have wondered if they were asleep and, as it turns out, we should have checked before now to give them a nudge…or, more appropriately, slammed them with a bucket of cold water.

Are we not telling them loud enough, or are they not listening?
If we don’t know how to cut the kids credit card up, do we just let the non-American creditors work things out for us?

When our kid’s spending habits get out of control and their credit card debt keeps rising, do we warn them first then take away the card if our warnings are not heeded? Our national debt ceiling keeps getting raised because we’re allowing the spenders to raise their credit limit instead of schooling them in economics.

We, the guardians must take control to cut spending instead of raising the credit limit. Cut spending or cut up the credit card, it’s not rocket science and don’t believe them when they tell you it is. After all, the first response from any child would be, “Mom, Dad, you just don’t understand.”

Judge Napolitano’s view – How Much Economic Freedom Do We Have in the United States?

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13 Responses to How Free Are We?

  1. rederic says:

    the main reason we have debt is all our fiat money is a debt
    instrument (for all debt public and private)
    until we end the federal reserve we will always have and be in debt
    our fed res faux money is created out of thin air!!!
    what scam,they created the very first note and then charge interest on
    them,no one can ever have more than what the fed res creates,so therefor
    there is no way of ever getting out from underneath it
    that is unless we end the fed res once and for all
    the fed res is unconstitutional,this fact alone should end it
    but hasn’t
    it costs the fed reserve 3cents to print our money,now imagine
    the interest on them if they say $100,$1000,$10,000
    pure profit baby!!!and highly illegal,as it is counterfit
    but hey,who needs to bother with laws when money buys elections,votes,judges
    lawyers,cops and whole 3-4 letter agencies?
    since its illegal inception the federal reserve has devalued our money
    here at home,but also any other country which a central bank
    ours here has been devalued by 95% of its stated worth
    the constitution says the treasury shall coin and fix the weights thereof
    it doesn’t say the federal reserve

    the IRS steals our wealth and this gets used to fund all them 3-4 letter agencies
    that gets used to oppress us and steal more,what is left over gets sent overseas
    to pay back a debt we owe to the crown of england,but more importantly
    to the holy see,through the vatican
    the pope is specifically mentioned in the IRS manual!!
    he/they get a tribute of our wealth and has been since the start of
    the fed res
    thank you
    rederic

    • Robin says:

      Thanks for the education on fiat money and the federal reserve rederic, I most presumptuously think you believe an audit is in order and, might I add, overdue for the federal reserve. Are you also for going back to the gold standard?

  2. rederic says:

    a metals backed currency yes,but not paper backing paper
    america has no gold to speak of to go back to the gold standard
    that has been sold/stolen and shipped out of the country
    nixon took us off the gold standard in the 70’s,because
    fort knox has been empty,and this was why kennedy wanted
    silver backed currency,which might be why he was shot
    but yes i would audit the fed res,just to see which countries
    our money here has been shipped to
    if one looks how the fed res was set up,they will find it was set up
    illegally by fdr and a select congressmen,bought and paid for
    and helped sell us out to foreigners.and by this mean
    our berth cert,and our s.s cards is what sold us out
    and made us all slaves to the few on top,our berth
    cert’s are traded on the NYSE,we are used as chattle
    and not too many are the wiser,sorry i did it again,i went off
    on another tangent 🙂
    but ultimately i would shut it down right along with the IRS
    and them 3-4 letter agencies who steal to oppress us more
    they are not american,nor paid by americans,they are all foreign
    entities operating on our soil,and they have no jurisdiction
    maybe just maybe we can get our government back on track
    for the people
    rederic

    • Robin says:

      That’s incredibly interesting Rederic, good food for thought. I bet many people have heard about going back to the gold standard but had no idea how we could get that done. Again, I’d have to take your word for some of these things, including the three letter agencies being foreign agencies. If nothing else, they operate under a global interest instead of strictly American – just like the UN. I totally agree about shutting most of them down and money should be backed by something tangible rather than good faith and credit since we can’t seem to get enough floatation devices to keep us from sinking in our own debt.

      Flashback to 2006 – “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” ~Senator Barack Obama

      It also makes more sense to only spend what you have available. I don’t first decide how much money I want to spend, then try and get that amount of money in the door.

      Rederic, the people need information, feel free to go off on tangents anytime.

  3. rederic says:

    with the way our fiat money is going,which is down
    the housing market,the credit card deals,college loans
    all going down,it would be a safe bet to get into metals
    use the fiat to buy metals
    it is not going to last,and is in fact about to crumble
    down around us
    the ones on top will not be affected,but the ones on the bottom
    will lose everything we thought we owned
    for the fed res to keep functioning it has got to keep constantly
    expanding(growing) this is why the housing market exploded
    people stopped buying them, and the reason why people stopped buying was all our jobs
    were shipped overseas,remember it has to keep expanding
    or it explodes
    this is the reason why only reps bought and paid for by the feds illetes
    ever get into office
    watch the debates,out of a 2 hour deal Ron Paul got 26 min’s
    he is not an insider,and gets ignored,and so will we
    that is after we are all in tents,as we do not own what we think we do
    america is about to crumble because of the fiat money
    look around the world now,every country that has a central bank
    is getting bailouts from the IMF,every last one of them
    that money comes from the sweat of our brows,and is used to enslave us
    and buy the other countries out from underneath them
    all for the ones on top
    rederic

    • Robin says:

      I had attributed much of the things you mentioned going down hill to a combination of a number of things, not the least being just a bad idea as we have seen in the tragedy of the commons, http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/TragedyoftheCommons.html
      Added to that was the corruption and the revolving door – an unholy cabal with Wall Street, Federal Reserve and Government. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. If we want any kind of liberty we have to return to basics and get back all we’ve lost. We need sovereignty and we need a leader that bows to no-one but we the people. I too believe the time is now or never. We must get organized and hold our officials accountable…including the media that decides how much time the Ron Paul’s of the world get over more establishment favored candidates. The RNC and the DNC is not the boss of us either.

      Property ownership is central to a thriving economy, once Americans feel they don’t really own anything anymore, the crap will really hit the proverbial fan. I’d like to see the US withdraw from the IMF and the UN so we can start fixing stupid…right here at home.

  4. cuttnburn says:

    for your consideration folks? asked, “Is Castro a good guy or bad?”

    Dad said…he couldn’t tell!! This was about 1955. We were living in
    Louisiana …at the time. Dad was in the Army there.

    Cuba was fairly close and in the news a lot. The Cubans were asking
    the same question! Ike was president.

    This past July, we had the pleasure of sharing a summer barbecue with
    a refugee from Cuba . Our dinner conversation was starkly different
    than most.

    This refugee came to the United States as a young boy in the early
    1960’s. His family was more fortunate than most, as they were able to
    bring a suitcase…and $100 when they fled Castro’s newly formed
    revolutionary paradise.

    Our dinner consisted of all-American fare: hamburgers, potato salad,
    watermelon and fresh ears of sweet corn. This is a menu shared with
    family and friends nationwide…while celebrating the birth of our
    beloved America …on the Fourth of July.

    We began with a simple discussion about our country, and the direction
    it has taken since Barack Obama came to power. We shared the usual
    complaints about the sour economy and liberal social engineering
    emanating from the rulers in Washington .

    But then he said it. The sentence came naturally. I assume it was
    unplanned. But it carried the weight of a freight train. “You know
    when Castro took power, none of us knew he was a Communist”.

    We sat stunned. He continued, “Yes, we all thought he was a patriot, a
    nationalist. Before the revolution he didn’t sound like a radical.”

    The comparison at this point was easy, and I interjected, “You mean
    just like Barack Obama?”

    He responded; “Yes, just like Barack Obama.”

    He continued, “We were all shocked as the government just continued to
    grab more power. First they said the revolution is over, so please
    turn in your guns. We all complied.”

    I remember my uncle saying after it started; ” Castro will only
    nationalize some of the big industries. He will never come and take
    our family hardware store!! ” But that is exactly what happened.
    Castro started with the sugar mills and the large industries, but they
    eventually came and knocked on the door of our family hardware store.
    My family had run this store for generations. They said we now own the
    hardware store, you work for us. And that nice, large four-bedroom
    home you own…it is now our property also, and…you can move
    yourself and five children into two rooms of the house, because others
    are moving in with you.”

    The lesson learned from this discussion, is a lesson most Americans
    refuse to hear. Political leaders can lie about their agenda and once
    in office…they can take totally unexpected turns.

    If you had asked us three years ago if we thought General Motors would
    be nationalized, we would have never believed it. We could never
    contemplate a country where the rule of law, the most fundamental
    building block of a justice society…would be evaporating, just like
    it did in Castro’s Cuba in the early 1960’s.

    But the news of injustice keeps increasing. Black Panthers are not
    charged with wrong doing by the U.S. Department of Justice…because
    their crimes are against whites. The bondholders of GM are stripped of
    their assets…without due process by the government! Governmental
    leaders are bribed in full daylight…only to have all investigation
    of the crimes stifled…by the Attorney General.

    The U.S. borders are over run with crime and illegal activity, and the
    leaders in D.C. act as if it is important to protect the
    lawbreakers…while the innocent are killed and over run . When local
    communities attempt to enforce the law, they are ridiculed…and
    threatened as racists and bigots . They are sued by the very
    administration…entrusted with enforcing the law .

    Without the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution is a sham!! Without the
    rule of law, our beloved America is swiftly becoming a country where
    only the well connected and politically powerful will be safe. As
    Michelle Malkin has so eloquently explained in her recent book… a
    culture of corruption has replaced honest government .

    The only way this problem will be fixed, is by massive citizen action.
    All honest citizens that want to be treated equally, must come
    together…and demand that the favoritism, the bribes, the uneven
    enforcement of law…end now!! And yes, it can happen here .

    PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!! And…may God save the United
    States of America !

    *…the least you can do is forward this email. 6 million plus Jews
    didn’t believe it would happen in Germany either!!! If you’re a
    Christian in these United States of America , you’re next on the list
    . The real problem here is, the boy from Cuba did manage to make it to
    the U.S. We will not have any place to escape to…except death! And,
    for the most part…even though I’m forwarding this to recipients,
    probably only 5 or 10 will even read it.

  5. cuttnburn says:

    something else to ponder?
    The three who brought down Wall Street.

    Here’s a quick look into the three former Fannie Mae executives who
    brought down Wall Street.

    Franklin Raines – was a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Fannie Mae.
    Raines was forced to retire from his position with Fannie Mae when
    auditing discovered severe irregularities in Fannie Mae’s accounting
    activities. Raines left with a “golden parachute valued at $240 Million in
    benefits. The Government filed suit against Raines when the depth of the
    accounting scandal became clear.

    Tim Howard – was the Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae. Howard “was a
    strong internal proponent of using accounting strategies that would ensure
    a “stable pattern of earnings” at Fannie. Investigations by federal
    regulators and the company’s board of directors since concluded that
    management did manipulate 1998 earnings to trigger bonuses. Raines and
    Howard resigned under pressure in late 2004. Howard’s Golden Parachute was
    estimated at $20 Million!

    Jim Johnson – A former executive at Lehman Brothers and who was later
    forced from his position as Fannie Mae CEO. Investigators found that
    Fannie Mae had hidden a substantial amount of Johnson’s 1998 compensation
    from the public, reporting that it was between $6 million and $7 million
    when it fact it was $21 million.” Johnson is currently under investigation
    for taking illegal loans from Countrywide while serving as CEO of Fannie
    Mae.
    Johnson’s Golden Parachute was estimated at $28 Million.

    *****************************************************************************************

    WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

    FRANKLIN RAINES?
    Raines works for the Obama Campaign as his Chief Economic Advisor.

    TIM HOWARD?
    Howard is a Chief Economic Advisor to Obama under Franklin Raines.

    JIM JOHNSON?
    Johnson was hired as a Senior Obama Finance Advisor and was selected to
    run Obama’s Vice Presidential Search Committee.

    Kinda makes you sick to your stomach.

    Our government seems to be rotten to the core !

    Are we stupid or what? Vote in 2012..it is the most important election
    of our lives…

    • Robin says:

      Yes Cutt, enriching themselves by the sweat of our brows, thanks for the information. We must also pay attention to lack of real leadership in our own communities and promptly set the standard higher. Let’s reduce the useful idiots that have been promoting big government all over.

  6. rederic says:

    CUT,nicely written piece,i don’t think i ever saw write that much before 🙂
    our government doesn’t SEEM to be,it is rotten to the core,and has been for quite awhile
    how many russians have our presidents have in their cabinets,creating policies?)
    i say one communist is too many
    there is no more rule of law,it is all color of law
    and it isn’t about justice(it is justus) and we aren’t the just us crowd
    our purpose is to work to be stolen from
    but yes we have one chance,and one chance only this next election cycle
    or we will never recover,and this has been planned out for quite some time
    as the federal government has been taken over,and only the ones
    connected with banks get elected,check out who funds the major campaigns
    in just the repub’s race,1 man has the grass roots support,.1 man spoke out against the patriot act,ndaa,sopa pipa,and every other unconstitutional bill brought forth
    the rest of the talking heads are all bought and paid for (USING OUR TAX MONEY)
    AND RUNNING THEIR CAMPAIGNS OFF OUR BACKS!!
    the media is in bed with the gov at the behest of military industrial complex
    who owns most of the consolidated news we read and see
    all bad news is suppressed and then hidden,and the only news they report on
    is what their handlers tell them to report
    this has got to stop,but i have my doubts.americans as a whole haven’t lost enough yet to care
    or even look,most would in fact believe a lie,than to hear the truth
    people seem to have short memories,rat poison in our water and mercury in our vaccines might have something to do with it,or they just do not care enough to get involved,or even look for that matter,but do in fact shoot the messenger
    here is an example,i was in a discussion with a noted LEO about the 2nd amendment
    his stance is and was the gov can regulate it
    the const clearly states this cannot be infringed upon,and this went round and round
    with the others in the group not even looking to see who was right
    now this LEO like all others say they swear an oath to the const,but apparently have
    not even read it
    and this is the mentality of the greater here in america
    thank you
    rederic

  7. cuttnburn says:

    rederic wish i could say i wrote those , i’m just passing them along as i hope others will, we have to awaken others? have you all seen the precrime lights in east orange NJ? just google it? google infragard, agenda 21, the rural compact! also please read ann barnhrdts blog, she has a list of the two strongest banks in each state? sorry there’s none in the lower peninsula? just a little lite reading for those interested! thank you!

  8. rederic says:

    not too sure where to put this video link
    it is about the murrah building in OKC
    it has insights into what really happened
    what is intriguing about this is the fact that the patriot act was written
    and was going to be used when this happened
    but it sat until 9-11 went down
    http://infoleaks.blogspot.com/
    this is streaming all day it is called A NOBLE LIE
    please watch and question other false flag ops
    by our own fed gov
    thank you
    rederic

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