Land of the ‘Mostly Free’?

January 20, 2010

The Heritage Foundation

By Amanda J. Reinecker     

The Heritage Foundation has released our 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, and the results are alarming if not terribly surprising: America is no longer ranked among the world’s free economies.

Instead, for the first time, America ranks as only “mostly free” — behind countries like Canada, Ireland and Switzerland.

The Index, published for the past 16 years as a joint project with The Wall Street Journal, analyzes the economic freedom of 179 countries and bases their scores on three categories: government burdens upon businesses and entrepreneurs; intrusiveness of government; and fundamental societal characteristics that support today’s most prosperous economies.

Given the past year, it should come as no surprise that the United States’ ranking has declined. After all, government spending has exploded and intrusion into the economy has increased, yet our government continues to raise its debt ceiling to allow for spending package after spending package.

Heritage Vice President Michael Franc explains:

The drop in rankings is notable as it comes in the same week that marks the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. By any standard, Americans’ overall wealth and prosperity has continued to decline…unemployment has skyrocketed and shows no signs of abating, government spending and debt are at unprecedented levels during peacetime, and our elected officials seem determined not only to ignore these alarm bells but to pursue policies…that will cause entrepreneurs to stay on the sidelines rather than take the risks that have led the United States out of previous recessions.

Americans are not happy about this. More and more of them are voicing their disapproval of big-government policies, which give way to more taxes and less freedom. On Tuesday, many of these Americans made their message loud and clear.

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3 thoughts on “Land of the ‘Mostly Free’?

  1. Pingback: Sorry, Barack. The Next Biggie is Immigration « ON MY WATCH – the writings of SamHenry

  2. Illinois is one of the states that can elect a Republican to replace a Democrat in the Senate. Don Lowery is a solid conservative and values the Constitution. The RNC is endorsing Mark Kirk a liberal RINO that voted for Cap and Trade as a Representative in the House and he is pro late term partial abortion and against the Child Interstate Abortion Act . He is also anti-gun.

    Don Lowery is a retired judge and served in the Army in Korea and Viet Nam. He is pro life and progun. To see his views on the issues go to

    Don Lowery is a chance to put a “real” conservative in the Senate that will be for real change that will get us smaller government, lower taxes, and adherence to the Constitution. He can use your support as the RNC isn’t helping him please go to and donate what you can. This is a grass roots effort and no matter how small a donation they add up.

  3. Maybe the Brown victory will keep us ahead of Venezuela a while longer

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