Thursday, November 3, 2011

Personal Freedom in IL ranked 49/50

An ongoing study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has declared Illinois to be ranked 49 out of 50 states in personal freedom (lower is more free).   The detail page on Illinois about says it all:

victimless-crimes arrest rates are almost unfathomable. In 2008, more than 2 percent of the state’s population was arrested for a victimless crime (and that figure does not count people under 18), and the vast majority of these arrests were for drugs. Illinois’s drug law-enforcement rate is by far the worst in the country at more than three standard deviations worse than average. Asset-forfeiture laws are also among the worst in the nation.

And yet people I still hear from in Illinois complain about how backwards all the other states around them are.  Some people's minds just don't work right.

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