Freedom Index: NOT a Boondoggle!

By: Don Wyatt

As concerned citizens, we must keep our elected officials accountable.

How can you keep score without a lineup and a scorecard?

The New American has recently published their Freedom Index, an analysis of Congressional Voting Records.

This analysis covers votes cast from 1999 to 2013.

When you click on the link below, you will see a “summary” of the Legislators, by State, with his or her “overall” score.

By clicking on one of the Legislators, you can see what votes he or she cast and whether that was a “good” or a “bad” vote. You can also see whether the Legislator is getting “better” or “worse” in recent voting.

OR, you can do what I did. Near the top of the page are some buttons, one of which says “112-4 Freedom Index PDF”. This retrieves the entire analysis for the past 14 years, with explanations of the votes that were selected for scoring, the voting records for Representatives and for Senators on each of the ten votes selected for the current session, and the “current” and the “overall” score for each Legislator.

Do like I did…download this to your computer and then download it to your smartphone or iPad.

Next time you run across (or run into) a Legislator, you can quickly see where he or she stands on issues that affect our Freedom and Liberty.

We can always disagree about which votes should be scored, and we might even disagree on whether a given vote is a “good” vote or a “bad” vote. But we think this is a scorecard worth knowing, studying, and keeping for handy reference.

Download the Freedom Index here.

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