This is important, because the charge of “socialism” is the most brain-damaged thing leveled by the right.

Mitt Romney says U.S. is “only inches away from ceasing to be a free market economy.”

The U.S. ranked ninth out of 179 nations on the list, with a score that placed it near the top of the “mostly free” category. The only nations to be considered more “free” than the U.S. were, in descending order, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, and Denmark.

If the results of this study — which, we’ll remind readers, was produced by a staunchly conservative think tank — suggest that the U.S. is on the verge of socialism, then Lenin must be partying in his mauseoleum. For the U.S. to fall into the “mostly unfree” category, which is only the third-lowest category in the study, it would have to drop a whopping 83 slots, to a perch below such nations as Albania, Rwanda and Kazakhstan.

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  1. AE Hall says:

    Mitt Romney is either delusional or an abject liar. I lean toward the latter. He actively supports centrally planned economic policies that are inherently statist and non-free market. In his nonsense spewing about the ‘free market’ he actively blows smoke and mirrors in his audience’s face. There is no free market, probably never has been, and he knows it. The stock market is so riddle with asset bubbles and cronyism it’s sickening that anyone can consider it anything less than a quasi-fascist command economy with a welfare state on the side.

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