US Drops From Top 10 Index of World Economic Freedom: Estonia Freer Than America

The ranking of the world’s most economically free countries has shown the U.S. slipping for the last seven years and today we are No. 12 with Estonia No. 11. See the rankings below.

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Those losing freedom…risk economic stagnation, high unemployment and deteriorating social conditions. For instance, heavy-handed government intervention in Brazil’s economy continues to limit mobility and fuel a sense of injustice.

It’s not hard to see why the U.S. is losing ground. Even marginal tax rates exceeding 43% cannot finance runaway government spending, which has caused the national debt to skyrocket. The Obama administration continues to shackle entire sectors of the economy with regulation, including health care, finance and energy. The intervention impedes both personal freedom and national prosperity…

The most improved players are in Eastern Europe, including Estonia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic. These countries have gained the most economic freedom over the past two decades. And it’s no surprise: Those who have lived under communism have no trouble recognizing the benefits of a free-market system….

Want to blame George Bush? It doesn’t fly:

Despite financial crises and recessions, the global economy has expanded by nearly 70% in 20 years, to $54 trillion in 2012 from $32 trillion in 1993. Hundreds of millions of people have left grinding poverty behind as their economies have become freer. But it is an appalling, avoidable human tragedy how many of the world’s peoples remain unfree—and poor.

The record of increasing economic freedom elsewhere makes it inexcusable that a country like the U.S. continues to pursue policies antithetical to its own growth, while wielding its influence to encourage other countries to chart the same disastrous course. The 2014 Index of Economic Freedom documents a world-wide race to enhance economic opportunity through greater freedom—and this year’s index demonstrates that the U.S. needs a drastic change in direction. Source: Wall Street Journal

World Economic Freedom Index

World Economic Freedom Index

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  • http://callofthepatriot.blogspot.com PatriotUSA

    We are all communists now??? No, never and the free fall will continue until the people are willing to take back and be willing to die for the very freedom beneath their feet.

    I see little chance to right the wrongs through the voting process as it is now so corrupt with corrupt and evil politicians in power.

    I have a friend who has spent A LOT of time in Estonia and he agrees with this, spot on 100%.

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