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  1. #1 Freedom in the 50 States 
    Senior Member Rebel Yell's Avatar
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    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
    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. For this new edition, we have added more policy variables (such as bans on trans fats and the audio recording of police, Massachusetts’s individual health-insurance mandate, and mandated family leave), improved existing measures (such as those for fiscal policies, workers’ compensation regulations, and asset-forfeiture rules), and developed specific policy prescriptions for each of the 50 states based on our data and a survey of state policy experts. With a consistent time series, we are also able to discover for the first time which states have improved and worsened in regard to freedom recently.
    http://mercatus.org/freedom-50-states-2011
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    Looks like New Hampshire takes "Live Free or Die" pretty seriously.
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    I'm sad that Coloado is only in 7th place. :(
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    NJ is 49. Not surprised.
    The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
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    New Hampshire's gun laws and gay marriage put it on top.
    I feel that once a black fella has referred to white foks as "honky paleface devil white-trash cracker redneck Caspers," he's abdicated the right to get upset about the "N" word. But that's just me. -- Jim Goad
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    Anarchy is freedom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyackog View Post
    Looks like New Hampshire takes "Live Free or Die" pretty seriously.
    Perhaps they took the "live frugally" concept to its logical conclusion.
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    Michigan is higher at 27 than I thought it would be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    NJ is 49. Not surprised.
    Neither am I. Imagine that I moved here from NH.
    "The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
    Neither am I. Imagine that I moved here from NH.
    is it true you can strap a gun on your hip?(open carry) Man I wish I could do it here where I work .
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