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Old 06-22-2011, 08:28 PM   #1
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How free is your state?

Freedom in the 50 States | Mercatus



How come the Blue States rate so low?
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i'd love to see that cross-matched with a quality of life study.
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How vague is that?
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:39 PM   #4
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How come the Blue States rate so low?
Large urban centres attract meddling government bureaucrats, like flies to ointment. As the government bureaucracy becomes ever larger, taxes must continue to be raised to finance it. Simultaneous to this process, government must constantly invent new laws to justify its existence. The administration of these laws requires further recruitment of new bureacrats, a process which also perpetuates the cycle. (Of course, these self-same urban centres, by and large, tend to be Democrat voting, for various reasons. One of which, they know what side their bread is buttered on. )

Case in point, in another thread, posters are rejoicing at the evergrowing restrictions on smokers rights' in New York. Very few are prepared to examine where the process ends, whose agenda it truly serves, and how easily the logic used to justify restrictions on smokers' rights can easily be used to justify restrictions in other areas of life.

Let the flaming commence.....
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:42 PM   #5
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i'd love to see that cross-matched with a quality of life study.
It matches pretty closely which states are losing population.

5 of the bottom 10 states are losing at least one congressional seat after last year's census. And a 6th, California, is not gaining a seat for the first time since statehood.
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i'd love to see that cross-matched with a quality of life study.
No kidding b/c my state seems to always be in the top 5 for highest unemployment rate. That's really what matters to most residents right now.
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^ Indeed, in the real world that's all that really matters. In Indiana, nearly half (46.6%) of our college graduates leave the state because there's no jobs for them here, and we're well behind the national average in terms of the average worker's level of education. I'd imagine Michigan's situation is similar.
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Sounds more libertarian than Republican.
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^ Indeed, in the real world that's all that really matters. In Indiana, nearly half (46.6%) of our college graduates leave the state because there's no jobs for them here, and we're well behind the national average in terms of the average worker's level of education. I'd imagine Michigan's situation is similar.
10.3 and that's doing GOOD. It's been 13-15 (and often is in some locales depending on how various industries are doing).
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Sounds more libertarian than Republican.
The Mercatus Center is primarily funded by Koch Industries, and the Koch Brothers sit on its board of directors. Just sayin'...
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^ Indeed, in the real world that's all that really matters. In Indiana, nearly half (46.6%) of our college graduates leave the state because there's no jobs for them here, and we're well behind the national average in terms of the average worker's level of education. I'd imagine Michigan's situation is similar.
What's the mean on that stat? We have a pretty dynamic population and I'd say all states loss a large percentage of grads. What percentage are out of state students to begin with?
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The Mercatus Center is primarily funded by Koch Industries, and the Koch Brothers sit on its board of directors. Just sayin'...
That would explain the emphasis on economic freedom and low regulation. But the social freedom to do what you like as long as it doesn't hurt others doesn't strike me as particularly Republican.
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I'll just leave this here (30 seconds of research following the money trail). Sourced from the New Yorker, August 30, 2010. Research is fun!



Cool video, though, Indy. Nice production values
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And they live in my neighborhood, fortunately.
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^ Indeed, in the real world that's all that really matters. In Indiana, nearly half (46.6%) of our college graduates leave the state because there's no jobs for them here, and we're well behind the national average in terms of the average worker's level of education. I'd imagine Michigan's situation is similar.
I'll be one of them soon enough. Love this state, but there's not a lot here for me.
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