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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 644 -- Texas Freedom.

Liberty & Texas Go Together-

I was recently climbing up a mountain in Slovenia with some Aussies, and we got to chatting about politics and what the parties in America stand for. While there is often a perception of conservatives and Republicans being for restrictions on liberty, the truth is that "red" states are freer than "blue" states for the most part. Freer economically, but freer personally as well.

According to the Mercatus weights of so many items, Texas is the 5th overall freest state in the nation, but they have a cool feature where you can adjust the weight of each item to fit your idea of freedom. I did a little tweaking, putting a few things lower or higher based on how important I find them, and here's what turned out:

texas#1mostfreestate.gif

Go weight stuff yourself, and you'll see that strongly Republican states remain high on the list of freedom almost no matter what you do to the weighting scheme. Texas is one of the most free states in the country, and that's a good thing. Let's keep it that way.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 1 September 2009 12:01 PM

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Very cool. I fiddled with the rankings and managed to get California to place 4th, right after Texas. Texas was very sensitive to just a few factors and would jump or drop.

My own state of Illinois was near the bottom no matter WHAT I did. I could not jigger the rankings to get it out of the last column. It sucks for freedom any way you measure it.

Posted by: Tom Bri at September 5, 2009 07:46 AM