America’s Rating as a Free Country Continues to Plummet

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This is a sad article for me to post….we are losing our freedoms folks.

Freedom can be defined in many ways. However, one of the greatest indicators of freedom and liberty is economic freedom. True free-market capitalism is the basis of individual liberty. However, America is no longer a top 5 contender, and we haven’t been for a years. Actually, America is barely even in the top 10. The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom study reports that America continues to fail. Who took first place in economic freedom in 2012? The



answer may surprise you. It was Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s score was an 89.9%, which was a 0.2% increase from 2011. Following Hong Kong in order: Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Mauritius, Ireland, and finally America at number 10. America’s economic freedom score was a 76.3%, which is down 1.5% from 2011. In fact, America is no longer even rated as a “Free” nation, which is a title granted only to countries with a score above 80%, but a “Mostly Free” nation. Right behind America rated at number 11 is Denmark. Denmark places the highest total tax pressure on its citizens in the world.

This study takes the following 10 benchmarks into account when rating countries: Freedom from corruption, property rights, individual fiscal freedom, restrained government spending, monetary freedom, business freedom, labor freedom, trade freedom, investment freedom, and financial freedom. As mentioned earlier, economic freedom is more vast than it may sound on the surface. It includes all of the above benchmarks, which affect our everyday lives. Money is not the root of all evil; however it is at the root of our lives and if we are not economically free one must ask themselves if our freedom simply a fallacy. There are 9 other countries more economically free than America and our rating is dropping drastically. In 2010, America was rated number 8.  With the numbers trending down and all of the benchmarks trending towards negative values America’s rating should not be expected to improve when the 2013 ratings are released.

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty. -Margaret Thatcher

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Obama’s New New Global Warming Treaty Would Impose Stricter Rules on U.S. Than on China or Saudi Arabia

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More fair and balanced treatment from our great United Nations.

In an interesting turn of events during the debate, Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) issued a warning saying, “we’re setting up a global warming Gestapo.”  The comment was made in reference to Section 201 of the act which establishes a national building code.  Under that code, the Secretary of Energy would have the power to assess civil penalties for buildings that do not meet the new code.

Scalise described a situation where a home that was destroyed by a natural disaster was rebuilt but with superior material than were dictated by the new national building code.  According to Scalise, the homeowner would be in violation of federal law, even if the material exceeded the federal standard.

Now living in your home is considered unlawful under this bill.
~ Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)

“The federal government can come in and inspect your house and send you the bill. And if they find that you’re out of compliance with this new federal code, ‘The Secretary shall assess a civil penalty for violations of this section,'” Scalise said. “Now living in your home is considered unlawful under this bill. This is ludicrous.”

Taking his argument a step further, Scalise called into question the very constitutionality of the measure.  He reminded his fellow congressmen that the 10th Amendment to the Constitution says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to states respectively or to the people.”

This bill comes in and basically says throw out the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
~ Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)

By creating its own enforcement measures and own building code that will usurp those which states have already established, the act stands to violate the Constitution.  Scalise said, “This bill comes in and basically says throw out the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the federal government’s gonna throw out your building code.”

Obama Administration Proposes Text for New Global Warming Treaty That Would Impose Stricter Rules on U.S. Than on China or Saudi Arabia

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( – The U.S. State Department has provided the United Nations with proposed text for a new global warming treaty that would require the United States to comply with stricter carbon emissions standards than most other countries in the world–including, for example, China and Saudi Arabia--and that anticipates that U.S. taxpayers will provide foreign aid to support efforts to control carbon emissions in developing nations.

The text, obtained by, was submitted in early May to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is developing a new international global warming treaty that is expected to be finalized at an international conference to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

The treaty will reduce carbon emissions from the U.S. and other “developed” countries while allowing “developing” countries–which include the world’s largest polluter, China, and oil-rich nations such as Saudi Arabia–to avoid equal restrictions.

Under the UNFCCC, only 40 of the world’s nations are considered developed countries, while the remainder are considered developing countries.  The “developing” countries include not only the Communist People’s Republic of  China and Saudi Arabia, but also other oil-rich states in the Persian Gulf, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Iran.  Oil-rich Venezuela is also considered a developing nation.
The proposed text reveals the administration’s intention to sign a treaty that will reduce U.S. carbon emissions while considering the “common but differentiated responsibilities” of “developing nations” where the cost and implementation of emission restrictions allegedly would limit development or harm “economies in transition.”
The draft says that the treaty should recognize “that the levels of ambition expected of Parties will necessarily evolve over time as their respective national circumstances and respective capabilities change.”

Specifically, developed countries are expected to meet higher standards than developing countries.

“With respect to developing country Parties whose national circumstances reflect greater responsibility or capability,” says the draft, “… Each such Party shall formulate and submit a low-carbon strategy for long-term net emissions reductions by 2050, consistent with the levels of ambition needed to contribute to meeting the objective of the Convention.”

Another set of developing countries will only need to achieve whatever standard is deemed “consistent with their capacity.”

The climate change conference in Copenhagen in December will build on the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, which the Bush administration opposed because it would have allowed countries like China and India to continue polluting while legally binding the United States and other industrialized nations to strict emissions controls and reductions.
As reported earlier, some of the countries named by the Union of Concerned Scientists as the Top 20 polluters in the world are considered “developing” by the UNFCCC, including China (No. 1), India, (No. 4), South Korea (No. 9), Mexico (No. 13) and Saudi Arabia (No. 14).
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