The U.S. isn’t one of the top 10 most free countries in the world, study says

by KATE IRBY | McClatchy  |  published on October 4, 2016

With costly healthcare, a stereotype of obesity and a culture of creatively fatty foods, “healthy” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of the United States.

But according to the Legatum Prosperity Index’s findings for 2015, the U.S. is the healthiest country in the world. However, when it comes to freedom, an ideal most Americans pride themselves on, the U.S. falls to 15.

So what’s the country with the most personal freedom? Canada, followed by New Zealand, Norway, Luxembourg and Iceland.

Personal freedom, as defined by the London-based Legatum Institute, measures a nation’s performance at both guaranteeing individual freedom and encouraging social tolerance. Canda was ranked No. 1 due to 94 percent of its citizens saying they believed they had the freedom to choose the course of their own lives and 92 percent saying there was tolerance for ethnic minorities and immigrants.

Overall, the U.S. was ranked the 11th most prosperous country out of 142, with Norway snagging the top spot. Other areas measured are the economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, social capital and safety and security.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/article105618381.html#storylink=cpy

  • Glenn Hendriksn

    “NOT THE LEAST BIT SURPRISING” and this nation is going to continue to ‘spiral’ downhill within the next few years LOL ! the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ‘is in fact’ its OWN worst enemy and will continue to be for years to come !!

  • Walter Flatt

    IF YOU DO NOT READ THE BELOW, GOOGLE, USE YOUR SERACH ENGIN FOR, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, OR CLINTONS CIRCLE OF POWER, OR, HILLARY CAREER CHRIMINAL. THIS WILL CURL YOUR TOES.

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  • Walter Flatt

    WAR WAS DECLARED ON ISLAM BY THE USA OVER 200 YEARS AGO.

    A LAW WAS VOTED ON AND PASSED IN 1952, BARRING ALL MUSLIMS. GUESS WHAT OBAMA SAID HE WAS A MUSLIM, SO NOTHING HE SIGNS, OR DOES IS LEGAL.

    FROM A KOREAN WAR VET 51/53 VOTE TRUMP.

    GOOGLE 3 THINGS, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, 2ND, HILLARY CAREER CHRIMINAL, 3RD, CLINTONS CIRCLE OF POWER. LISTEN TO ALL.

    HAVE WE BEEN SET UP FOR A MUSLIM INVASION, BY HILLIARY, OBAMA, SOROS, AND THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA? IF NOT. READ ALL THE WHYS BELOW.

    WHY HAS HILLIARY, OBAMA, KERRY AND THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA DONE EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HELP THE RADICAL MUSLIMS.

    A LAW WAS PASSED IN 1952 BARRING ALL MUSLIMS FROM THIS COUNTRY, THAT WILL INCLUDE OBAMA AND ALL HE HAS AROUND HIM IN DC.

    WHY DID THIS ADMINSTRATION TRY AND BUY ALL AMMO?

    WHY TRADE 5 TERRIOST FROM CUBA FOR ONE TRAITOR?

    WHY TRY AND TAKE OUR GUNS? HITLER DID, & HISTORY TELLS US WHAT HAPPENED THERE.

    WHY ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 35 MUSLIM CAMPS HERE IN THE STATES?

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VA. CLOSE TO DC? ARE THEY TO TAKE WASHINGTON?

    WHY BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE, SOME MORE THAN ONE, WITH ARMED GUARDS? ARE THEY TO HOLD MUSLIMS?

    WHY ARE THEY BRINGING THOUSANDS OF YOUNG MUSLIMS HERE?

    WHY IS THE TAX PAYER HAVING TO FEED, CLOTH & HOUSE THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND OF MUSLIMS BEING BROUGHT HERE?

    WHY GIVE THE THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS BROUGHT IN FREE HEALTH CARE, SPENDING THOUSANDS FOR HOSPITAL CARE?

    WHY ARE THE ILLEGALS BEING TREATED BETTER THAN OUR VETERANS.

    WHY STOP THE TANK AND PLANE SHIPPMENT TO EGYPT, WHEN THEIR ARMY KICK THE RADICALS OUT?

    WHY DID OUR GOVERNMENT SEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HELP THE RADICALS IN IRAN, A COUNTRY OUT TO DESTROY US?

    WHY ARE WE SENDING BILLIONS TO ARAB COUNTRIES, AND LETING OUR COUNTRY GO TO POT?

    WHY DONT THEY ENFORCE THE LAW BARRING ALL MUSLIMS FROM THIS COUNTRY?

    WHY IS THE MUSLIM MAJOR IN TEXAS LIVING THAT KILLED 14 SOLDIERS AND WOUNDED A LOT MORE?

    WHY ARE THEY RELEASING ALL MUSLIMS IN CUBA TO GO BACK INTO ACTION TO KILL OUR SOLDIERS?

    WHY DONT WE HANG ALL MUSLIMS CAUGHT AND BURY THEM WITH PIG PARTS, LIKE GENERAL PERSHING DID IN THE PHILLIPENS?

    WHY WAS OBAMA ALLOWED TO SWEAR IN CARLOYN WALKER AS JUDGE IN BROOKLIN USING THE QURAN?

    I SAY, ARM ALL OUR TROUPS TO PREVENT A MUSLIM TAKEOVER. THINK IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. I CAN TAKE 100 AND TAKE ANY BASE IN 1 HOUR.

    BETTER COAT ALL YOU AMMO WITH PIGS BLOOD OR GREASE, THINGS DO NOT LOOK GOOD.

    JUST PRAY THAT DONALD TRUMP IS ELECTED AND IS ABLE TO TAKE OVER AS OUR PRESIDENT.

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLE 2015 AND YOU JUST MIGHT KNOW WHY.

    BELOW IS A GOOD REASON WHY I BELIEVE THAT A TAKEOVER TRY IS POSSIBLE. HOW CAN THE BIASED NEWS SAY OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM.

    THE LAST WHY, WHY DONT THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA REPORT ALL THIS???????????

    PRESIDENT OBAMA:

    IS this is why you didn’t go to France to show solidarity against the Muslim terrorists: YOU

    * spoke these words at an Islamic dinner -“I am one of you.”

    * spoke of “My Muslim faith.”

    * gave $100 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to re-build foreign mosques.

    * wrote that in the event of a conflict- “I will stand with the Muslims.”

    * assured the Egyptian Foreign Minister that – “I am a Muslim.”

    * bowed in submission before the Saudi King.

    * sat for 20 years in a Liberation Theology Church condemning Christianity and professing Marxism.

    * exempted Muslims from penalties under Obamacare that the rest of us have to pay.

    * purposefully omitted – “endowed by our Creator ” – from your recitation of The Declaration Of Independence.

    * mocked the Bible and Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount while repeatedly referring to the ‘HOLY’ Qur’an.

    * raveled the Islamic world denigrating the United States of America.

    * instantly threw the support of your administration behind the building of the Ground Zero Victory mosque overlooking the hallowed crater of the World Trade Center.

    * refused to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, but hastened to host an Islamic prayer breakfast at the White House.

    * ordered Georgetown Univ. and Notre Dame to shroud all vestiges of Jesus Christ BEFORE you would agree to go there to speak, but in contrast, you have NEVER requested the mosques you have visited to adjust their decor.

    * appointed anti-Christian fanatics to your Czar Corps.

    * said that NASA’s “foremost mission” was an outreach to Muslim communities.

    * as an Illinois Senator was the ONLY individual who would speak in favor of infanticide.

    * was the first President not to give a Christmas Greeting from the White House, and went so far as to hang photos of Chairman Mao on the WH tree.

    * curtailed the military tribunals of all Islamic terrorists.

    * refused to condemn the Ft. Hood killer as an Islamic terrorist.

    * has refused to speak-out concerning the horrific executions of women throughout the Muslim culture, but yet, have submitted Arizona to the UN for investigation of hypothetical human-rights abuses.

    * who when queried in India refused to acknowledge the true extent of radical global Jihadists, and instead profusely praised Islam in a country that is 82% Hindu and the victim of numerous Islamic terrorists assaults.

    * funneled $900 Million in U.S. taxpayer dollars to Hamas.

    * ordered the USPS to honor the MUSLIM holiday with a new commemorative stamp.

    * directed our UK Embassy to conduct outreach to help “empower” the British Muslim community.

    * funded mandatory Arabic language and culture studies in Grammar schools across our country.

    * follows the Muslim custom of not wearing any form of jewelry during Ramadan.

    * departs for Hawaii over the Christmas season so as to avoid past criticism for NOT participating in seasonal WH religious events.

    * was uncharacteristically quick to join the chorus of the Muslim Brotherhood to depose Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, formerly America’s strongest ally in North Africa; but, remain muted in your non-response to the Brotherhood led slaughter of Egyptian Christians.

    * appointed your chief adviser, Valerie Jarrett, an Iranian, who is a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    * said this country is not a Christian nation.

    * said the Muslim call to worship is the most beautiful sound on earth.

    * GAVE 150 BILLION PLUS TO IRAN.

    * RANSOMED 4 PEOPLE FOR 400 MILLION.

    * ARE YOU, KERRY, HILLIARY & THE BIASED NEWS MEDIATO TRYING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY?

    VOTE DONALD TRUMP.

    KOREAN VET 51/53 JEFFERSON BANNED ALL MUSLIMS 200 YRS. AGO, SO, ANY HERE ARE HERE ILLEGAL, A LAW WAS PASSED IN 1952 AND IS IN EFFECT TODAY. YOU CANNNOT VET THEM BY LAW.

    DEM, REP, IND, GOOGLE,(THE CLINTON CHRONICLES), IF YOU LOVE AMERICA YOU WILL LISTEN TO THIS AND THE BELOW ABOUT OBAMAS BIRTH AND THEN RE-SEND TO FRIENDS, LISTEN TO THE END.

    ANGREY PATRIOT REPORTED THAT BILL CLINTONS FORMER MISTRESS SALLY MILER SAID HE SNORTED COKE OFF HER TABLE, AND THAT HILLARY ALSO SNORTED COKE AND SMOKED POT. BILL DID PARDON HIS BRO. FOR DRUG ABUSE. IS THIS TRUE?

    COULD THIS BE WHY THEY DO NOT WANT THE BORDER CLOSED.

    CLICK ON YOUTUBE LISTEN TO OBAMA SAY HE WAS NOT BORN IN THE USA.ON THIS AND LISTEN TO OBAMA SAY HE WAS NOT BORN IN THE USA. BUT WAS BORN IN KENYON WHEN GIVING A SPEECH, THIS CAN BE SEEN ON, GOOGLE (TRUMP AMEN TIME). SO WE DO NOT HAVE A LEGAL PRESIDENT. OBAMA SAID HE WAS A MUSLIM ON NATIONWIDE TV & MUSLIMS HAVE BEEN BANNED FROM THE USA FOR 200 YEARS, AND AGAIN IN 1952 BY LAW PASSED BY CONGRESS. SO. NO MUSLIM IS HERE LEGALLY.

    PASTORS A PRIVATE FAITH THAT DO NOT ACT WHEN FACED WITH CROOKS, IS NO FAITH AT ALL.

    GOOLE,(THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES) IT IS ABOUT THE CLINTONS, IF YOU VOTE FOR THIS IN FOR OUR PRESIDENT YOU DO NOT LOVE OUR COUNTRY. TELL YOUR CHURCH MEMBERS TO GOOGLE IT ALSO.

    TRUMP SAYS HE WILL REPEAL THE LAW THAT STOPS EXAMPTION AND ALLOW CHURCHES AND OTHER ENTITIES THAT ARE BARRED TODAY TO HAVE FREE SPEECH AND NOT LOSE THEIR EXEMPTIONS.

    IS THIS WHY THE DEMOCRATS AND SOME REPUBLICANS DO NOT WANT TO CLOSE THE BORDER BECAUSE OF CUTTING OFF THEIR SUPPLY OF DOPE.

    BET YOU WILL NOT LISTEN TO ALL OF THIS. IT TELLS ABOUT MURDER, COCAINE PARTIES, UNDERAGE SEX, SEX PARTIES, MONEY LAUNDREY AND DOPE RUNNING FROM JUDGES, STATE OFFICIALS, ETC.

    FROM A KOREAN WAR VET. 51/53, A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT AND A CHRISTIAN.

    FROM A KOREAN WAR VET 51/53, A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT AND A CHRISTIAN, BUT NOT A ZOMBI THAT PULLS A STRAIGHT TICKET.

    THE GOVERNMENT PASSED A LAW IN 1952 BARRING ALL MUSLIMS, NONE IS HERE LEGALLY AND THAT INCLUDE OBAMA A PROFESSED MUSLIM.

    I BELIEVE THIS ADMINISTRATION FUNDED BY SOROS, INCLUDING HILLIARY IS OUT TO TURN THIS COUNTRY INTO A MUSLIM COUNTRY.

    IS HILLIARY ON DOPE? GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, ALSO, GOOGLE THOMAS JEFFERSON V/S THE MUSLIM WORLD.

    AMERICANS REGARDLESS IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, INDEPENDENT, CHRISTIAN, COP, VETERN, SOLDIER, HOW COULD Y0U POSSIBLE THINK SHE WOULD BE BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY?

    HAS HILLARY AND OBAMA, KERRY, SOROS, AND THE BIASED MEDIA, SET THE USA UP FOR A MUSLIM INVASION? IF NOT, YOU SHOULD READ THE WHYS BELOW AND DECIDE YOURSELF.

    COAT YOUR BULLETS WITH PIG GREASE OR BLOOD AND LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT ANY MUSLIM KILLED WILL BE BURIED WITH PIG PARTS.

    WHY WAS OBAMA ALLOWED TO SWEAR IN CAROLYN WALKER IN AS JUDGE IN THE 7TH MUNICIPAL DISTRICT IN BROOKLING USING THE QURAN. SHE SHOULD BE RECALLED IMMEDIATELLY.

    WHY ARE THEIR 5 MUSLIM CAMPS ONE AT FAIRFAX, FALLS CH, RED HOUSE, MEHERRIN, BETHANY VA. ARE THEY TO INVADE WASH.DC? YOU SHOULD FIND OUT.

    WHY IS THE TAX PAYER FORCED TO FEED AND CLOTH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO KILL US.

    IF YOU WANT A LIST OF THE TOWNS THEY ARE CLOSE TO, CONTACT ME.

    SINCE OUR TROOPS ARE NOT ARMED, YOU CAN TAKE 100 WELL ARMED PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KILL US & TAKE ANY MILITARY BASE IN THIS COUNTRY.

    BETTER WAKE UP & ALLOW OUR TROOPS TO CARRY LOADED GUNS. TODAY OUR CAMPS ARE A FREE KILLING ZONE.

    WHY DO YOU THINK THE MUSLIM MAJOR KILLED SO MANY IN TEXAS & HE IS STILL LIVING???.WHY?

    I CALLED AND VERIFIED THE MUSLIM CAMP CLOSE TO FT. CAMPBELL & A LADY VERIFIED THE FEMA CAMP WITH ARMED GUARDS IN EAST KY. AND THE ONE IN SHAWNEE NATIONAL FORREST IN SOUTHERN ILL. FOR GODS SAKE AND OUR COUNTRY WAKE UP.

    WHY GIVE 5 TERRIOSTS FOR ONE TRAITOR. FOLKS IT GOES ON & ON, WAKE UP AMERICA.

    WHY GIVE 150 BILLION AND ANOTHER 400 MILLION TO IRAN TO FUND A HYDROGEN BOMB, AND TERRIOST?

    WHY STOP THE SHIPMENT OF PLANES & TANKS TO EGYPT WHEN THEIR ARMY KICKED THE RADICALS OUT. I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF WHYS, AND THERE ARE MORE, SUCH AS,

    WHY IS OBAMA & HILLARY TRYING TO BRING IN 160 THOUSAND MUSLIMS?

    WHY TRY AND TAKE OUR GUNS

    WHY DID THEY TRY & BUY UP ALL AMM0

    WHY HAS OUR GOVERNMENT BUILT A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE, SOME MORE THAN ONE. IS IT TO HOUSE MUSLIMS FOR THE TAX PAYER TO FEED?

    WHY HAS THIS GOVERNMENT ALLOWED 35 MUSLIM CAMPS HERE IN THE USA & ONE 9 MILES OVER IN MEXICO, FIVE ARE IN NORTH VIRGINIA. COULD IT BE TO TAKE WASHINGTON?

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES. COULD THIS BE THE REASON THEY WANT OPEN BORDERS. IS SHE ON DOPE? HOW CAN ANY CHRISTIAN, VET OR COP VOTE FOR ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

    VOTE DONALD TRUMP, NOT ONLY VOTE BUT GET OUT AND WORK FOR HIM TO STOP THIS INSANE DESTROYING OF AMERICA AND PRAY HE IS NOT SHOT.

    • rockcut

      You are deep into total nonsense theories and it is a shame at your old age that your thinking is intwined with emotion and hate. Sorry to see it spelled out in your post

  • hookemowls

    Control freak liberals who feel that they need to control everyone. Control freak liberal policies that over-tax and over-regulate. The government wants to control every aspect of your life because “they know better”. You liberal fools.

  • Rodney Steward

    This is what happens when you put a man in the White house that hates America and what it stands for, but he’s not a real American!!

  • 1947goldenjet

    In 2010 we were rated ninth (based on ratings garnered in 2009). How the mighty fall. Thanks Obama.

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