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Originally posted by sonnny1
Originally posted by GeneralChaos
Your enemy is none other than Lucifer his own damned self.
And he is going to destroy this entire planet and take your ass with it.
Two nations, The United States and France were leading the way into a new world with new, previously unfathomable possibilities... and amazing things became of it.
The US, and other countries at the top of their Personal Freedom ranking, achieved identical scores on Freedom of Movement so the entire ranking is obtained by an equal average of the other three areas. The US does the worst in Security and Safety, where at least half of the entire category is based on our crime rate.
In constructing this index, we use indicators that are as consistent as possible with the concept of negative liberty: the absence of coercive constraint on the individual. We do not attempt to measure positive freedom, however desirable such may be.
This index of freedom also does not incorporate measures of democracy or “political freedom.”
The index is divided into four categories: 1) Security and Safety; 2) Freedom of Movement; 3) Freedom of Expression; and 4) Relationship Freedoms.
We have tried to capture the degree to which people are free to enjoy the major civil liberties—freedom of speech, religion, and association and assembly—in each country in our survey. In addition, we include indicators of crime and violence, freedom of movement, and legal discrimination against homosexuals.
Again, I'm not sure the problem is what Hefficide expected, and the solution almost certainly isn't.
The United States, with an economic freedom score of 76, has lost ground again in the 2013 Index. Its score is 0.3 point lower than last year, with declines in monetary freedom, business freedom, labor freedom, and fiscal freedom. The U.S. is ranked 2nd out of three countries in the North America region, and its score remains well above the world and regional averages.
Registering a loss of economic freedom for the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. has recorded its lowest Index score since 2000. Dynamic entrepreneurial growth is stifled by ever-more-bloated government and a trend toward cronyism that erodes the rule of law. More than three years after the end of recession in June 2009, the U.S. continues to suffer from policy choices that have led to the slowest recovery in 70 years. Businesses remain in a holding pattern, and unemployment is close to 8 percent. Prospects for greater fiscal freedom are uncertain due to the scheduled expiration of previous cuts in income and payroll taxes and the imposition of new taxes associated with the 2010 health care law.
Restoring the U.S. to a place among the world’s “free” economies will require significant policy reforms, particularly in reducing the size of government, overhauling the tax system, transforming costly entitlement programs, and streamlining regulations.
Originally posted by CranialSponge
Maybe this will lift the spirits of my neighbour pals to the south:
The USA is numero uno in...
Total Olympic Medals
... now that's something to be proud of (hard work and determination)
I don't think we Canucks are number one in anything except maybe beer drinking, snow fort making, and moose dodging.
Originally posted by cartenz
No.1 For external debt (exceeding even the EU):
No.1 For natural gas consumption:
No.1 For oil consumption:
No.1 Arms exporter:
Worst current account balance:
Just to balance the sheet on energy--this I did not know, largets wind energy producer: