according to the newly issued economic freedom of the world report from CATO/Fraser. Sorry, but for a long time canadaphobe like me, that is just embarrassing. What's next? France surpasses us? I don't mind a country like Ireland surpassing the US, since they actually seem -- from my distance at least -- to be economically free. The French, of course, do not seem to be. Nor do the Canadians, with their socialized medicine, but then again appearances can be deceiving. As I have indicated in the past, a country like Denmark is pretty darn free at 13. And, of course, lately the US doesn't seem very economically free, with nationalizations occurring left and right.
Also interesting is that the UK is number 5, also 3 spots above the US.
Update: I just couldn't deal with it the news, so I checked the other economic freedom report from the Wall Street Journal/Heritage. Happily, they have Canada below the US, but if things continue as they have, that may not last long.