Economic recovery follows personal freedom, liberty

Just a quick post here regarding this fantastic study from 2009 regarding the most free states in the Union. these factors are measured in terms of industry regulation, property ownership, personal freedom, tax burdens and the burden of the state’s particular public sector.

One thing to notice immediately is how the states which are in the most dire financial shape also happen to be at the absolute bottom of the freedom scale. That is, they are the least free in terms of your personal liberty and decision making.

Based on this list, I did a little fancy work with a calculator in analyzing this data to support my assertion. One way to test this is simply by the unemployment numbers. What about the top 10 most free states vs the bottom 10 most oppressing states? The results speak for themselves:

10 Most free: 7.45% average unemployment (as of 7/12/10)

10 Most oppressive: 9.95% average unemployment (as of 7/12/10)

States which appear to emphasize individual freedom and less dependence on government services seem to have a lower average unemployment rate. The data speaks for itself.

The table below shows the states, number from most free to least free in terms of laws and business. The decimal number to the right of the state name is their ranking number on the list from the formula created by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.

State Overall Freedom

1. New Hampshire 0.432
2. Colorado 0.421
3. South Dakota 0.392
4. Idaho 0.356
5. Texas 0.346
6. Missouri 0.320
7. Tennessee 0.284
8. Arizona 0.279
9. Virginia 0.275
10. North Dakota 0.268
11. Utah 0.250
12. Kansas 0.210
13. Indiana 0.208
14. Michigan 0.206
15. Wyoming 0.193
16. Iowa 0.183
17. Georgia 0.146
18. Oklahoma 0.143
19. Montana 0.125
20. Pennsylvania 0.102
21. Alabama 0.092
22. Florida 0.068
23. North Carolina 0.019
24. Nevada 0.013
25. Mississippi -0.004
26. Delaware -0.008
27. Oregon -0.009
28. Nebraska -0.018
29. Arkansas -0.023
30. South Carolina -0.040
31. Alaska -0.071
32. Kentucky -0.082
33. West Virginia -0.097
34. Louisiana -0.110
35. Minnesota -0.111
36. New Mexico -0.150
37. Wisconsin -0.199
38. Ohio -0.205
39. Maine -0.214
40. Vermont -0.217
41. Connecticut -0.225
42. Illinois -0.238
43. Massachusetts -0.242
44. Washington -0.275
45. Hawaii -0.304
46. Maryland -0.405
47. California -0.413
48. Rhode Island -0.430
49. New Jersey -0.457
50. New York -0.784

Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, California, New Jersey and New York are all in terrible financial shape. They all have high burdens of public services coupled with high taxes and high regulation. Interestingly enough, they are also riddled in debt and going bankrupt unless they cut these services.

As if we needed any further proof that liberal policies kill the private sector and kill jobs, here is some more to add to the list.