How does an American citizen equate losing their freedom? Merely by looking at the US Constitution, laws, regulations and deciding nothing is gone or all is gone?
There are more ways to split the freedom pie and the political class, i.e. Big Government, has done it since the birth of America. From a slow drip to a fast stream we have lost, and continue to lose, the freedom as written in the Constitution.
People are beyond dumbed down, they are lazy and don’t pay attention to matters of great importance. The young in this country are all in with Marxism but they really don’t understand it’s history or the end result of tried and failed Socialism. As long as they get theirs it’s all good.
America is on a fast path to radical Socialism, much of the implementation is already here, written in the laws, deep in the bowels of government diktat under regulations, executive orders, without proper Congressional regulation.
But what if you’ve lost your property rights and failed to notice just how corrupt America has become? America is no longer in the top 10 of the freest economies in the world.
Based on numbers from the recently released Index of Economic Freedom the United States was 6th when Barack Obama took office but is now ranked 12th in the world.
Over the 20-year history of the Index, the U.S.’s economic freedom has fluctuated significantly. During the first 10 years, its score rose gradually, and it joined the ranks of the economically “free” in 2006. Since then, it has suffered a dramatic decline of almost 6 points, with particularly large losses in property rights, freedom from corruption, and control of government spending. The U.S. is the only country to have recorded a loss of economic freedom each of the past seven years.
In the video’s Free To Choose you will discover that Dr. Milton Friedman discusses economic freedom and uses Hong Kong for his example. These video’s were done in the 1980s and today Hong Kong ranks number 1 on the index.
These rankings use government spending as one criteria in developing it’s numbers. The US does it’s worst with its out of control spending and ranks last in that category. The more out of control government spending the more loss of economic freedom to its citizens.
Obamacare is at the core of lost economic freedom which “appears to be significantly hurting job creation and full-time employment.”
“Substantial expansion in the size and scope of government, including through new and costly regulations in areas like finance and health care, has contributed significantly to the erosion of U.S. economic freedom.”
Freedom leads to economic prosperity something the Founding Fathers deemed necessary regarding total individual freedom. When government doesn’t live within sound budgetary means then individual freedom is taken away. Congress is currently preparing to spend another $1 Trillion in the coming week.
Keep in mind, Republicans have the majority in the House and are in charge of the US purse strings. No matter, they are aiding and abetting the Omnibus bill. It takes 12 spending bills to fund the entire government. But in an omnibus, Congress throws all of those together and just votes once on the whole thing. Republicans and Democrats – GUILTY AS CHARGED!
UPDATE: The $1 trillion dollar Omnibus bill is complete.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has released his “Wastebook” for 2013 (Pdf.) a mere 177 pages. Heritage has its own Top 10 for 2013 and a slick video to go with it.
10. Outhouse in Alaska: $98,670
9. A bus stop with heated pavement for the Washington area: $1 million
8. Grant for a pole dancing performance: $10,000
7. Pizza — from a printer: $124,995
6. Study to find out if couples are happier when the woman calms down after argument: $335,525
5. Booze and crystal for the State Department: $5.4 million
4. Monitoring depression on Twitter: $82,000
3. Seven-figure stack of rocks at the London Embassy: $1 million
2. Artwork for Veterans Affairs offices: $562,000
1. Government employee trip to luxury hotel in the Caribbean: priceless