They like their freedom in New Hampshire and it shows. A new study shows the Granite State ranks as the most free of the fifty states. The bluest of the blue states held the bottom four positions on the freedom scale: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and California. Draw your own conclusions about how freedom impacts opportunity and jobs. New Hampshire’s unemployment rate was 4.7% at the end of April compared to a national average of 9% and California came in at 11.9%.
H/T: The RealREVO
While some people will trade away their personal freedom for government freebies, most Americans cherish their freedom. They recognize the ability to make their own decisions comes with the responsibility of accepting the consequences. All things considered, most conservative Americans would like to mostly be left alone. Conservatives expect the government to take care of basic things like infrastructure, defense, insuring a level playing field in commerce and providing a basic safety net for those who are truly vulnerable.
Our federal government sees things far differently. The nanny state kicked into hyperdrive with the election of Obama. It sure has come at a high cost to personal liberty. The feds have ramped it up from merely mandating the type of lightbulb we’ll use to mandating that every American will purchase health insurance. Many Americans had an immediate “are you serious?” reaction. Nancy Pelosi asked the same question with a different intent. The American people demoted her for that. You might say they went all New Hampshire on Nancy.
Of course, as the study shows, a lot of states like to double down on the fed’s nanny state. Dependent voters are somewhat easier to control. I don’t know about you, but I think if I was living in a state that ranked in the bottom third I would be getting the heck out of Dodge, er, New York. While I still can.