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The United States Ranks 7th in Comprehensive New “Freedom Index”

George257 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 3:10 PM
At least part of the objective measurement of freedom ought to include the percentage of your income that you pay to the government. That would rule out socialist countries or welfare states like the Netherlands, or fore that matter the UK. How can anyone be free if they pay over 50% of their income to the state? In effect they are at best serfs. (Some people would say slaves, but perhaps that is a slight exaggeration. But only slight.) If you pay 50% in tax, as does almost everyone in Europe, you are working for the government 50% of the time. Or to put it another way, the state has a majority shareholding in you.
Formicidae Wrote: Mar 20, 2013 8:22 PM
I wonder where you get your numbers from?

I live in a high tax country (Norway) and I pay 38% on my 1st job, I pay way to much and know it. (But prefer it as I get a high tax return and I see it as a form of saving up). Also those so-called high taxes also pay for my college, hospitable bills, sick pay, maternity leave, continued payment if I should happen to get unemployed - things I never could afford on my regular pay even if I got 90% of it. You can say I'm biased, but I think I am truly free since I don't have to worry about anything other than the present and the own planning of my life.
drrisk2 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 4:05 PM

Serfs belong to the land, slaves belong to the owner and can be sold to anybody at will.


A 50% tax rate is obscene. But the Kenyan is trying to get us there ASAP.

I’ve always been a big fan of Economic Freedom of the World because it provides a balanced and neutral measure of which nations do best in providing free markets and small government.

And I like it even when it gives me bad news. It’s somewhat depressing, after all, to read that the United States has dropped from the #3 nation when Bill Clinton left office to