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Freedom in the 50 States, sorry Washington.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Chee-to, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Saw this on another site, interesting.............

    Freedom in the 50 States | Mercatus

    Freedom in the 50 States
    An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom
    Jason Sorens, William Ruger | June 7, 2011

    This study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. It updates, expands, and improves upon our inaugural 2009 Freedom in the 50 States study.


    State Freedom Rankings

    1. New Hampshire
    2. South Dakota
    3. Indiana
    4. Idaho
    5. Missouri
    6. Nevada
    7. Colorado
    8. Oregon
    9. Virginia
    10. North Dakota
    11. Florida
    12. Oklahoma
    13. Iowa
    14. Texas
    15. Georgia
    16. Tennessee
    17. Kansas
    18. North Carolina
    19. Alabama
    20. Utah
    21. Wyoming
    22. Arizona
    23. Nebraska
    24. Mississippi
    25. Wisconsin

    26. South Carolina
    27. Michigan
    28. Arkansas
    29. Montana
    30. Vermont
    31. Pennsylvania
    32. Kentucky
    33. Maine
    34. Minnesota
    35. Louisiana
    36. West Virginia
    37. New Mexico
    38. Connecticut
    39. Delaware
    40. Washington
    41. Illinois
    42. Ohio
    43. Maryland
    44. Alaska
    45. Rhode Island
    46. Massachusetts
    47. Hawaii
    48. California
    49. New Jersey
    50. New York
     
  2. lowridedon

    lowridedon se pdx New Member

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    Washington's rank of 40 does not suprise me. Oregon's rank of 8th is shocking. 32 states are worse than Oregon? Really?
     
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  3. del_and_bones

    del_and_bones Anchorage, AK Physics Pirate

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    I'm sorry, I'm not buying it. I grew up in Alaska and just about anything is legal.
     
  4. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    +1 on Alaska..... Really?

    Also Vermont.... Judges have ruled public nudity is constitutional so I am not buying that either.

    SF-
     
  5. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It's a "overall" Personal and Economic Freedom

    #44 Overall
    #49 Economic
    #5 Personal
     
  6. del_and_bones

    del_and_bones Anchorage, AK Physics Pirate

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    Okay, I'm with ya. I don't agree with their reasoning for that economic rating. However I have not read every state's write up. Time for some data mining!
     
  7. Jerry

    Jerry Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yaawwnn.....
     
  8. 4Freedom

    4Freedom Boise, Idaho Well-Known Member

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    How come states with the worst weather are the freest?? I mean how many of you people here would like to be in Northern New Hampshire in mid January? Anyhow, much respect to the "Live Free or Die" state.
     
  9. coastal steelheader

    coastal steelheader Aberdeen Well-Known Member

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    I sure can't disagree with Washingtons ranking, but how the **** did Oregon rank so high?
     
  10. 4Freedom

    4Freedom Boise, Idaho Well-Known Member

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    NFA Ok and Bar Carry... Simply put, Oregon does have some of best gun laws in the country.. For now...

    Oregon is a red city with a blue major city that runs half the state. Nonetheless, Demographics, still work in our favor here. In regards to taxes and mismanagement, well we can thank our blue friends in the Valley for all that mess.
     
  11. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Funny the California and New York, the two states with more "liberals" than any other states are at the bottom of the list. Maybe banning happy meals, military recruiters, and goldfish aren't the way to go