2009 Index of Economic Freedom

From the Heritage Foundation, the 2009 Index of Economic Freedom.

Hong Kong and Singapore are once again the freest economies in the world, followed in the rankings by Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. The U.S. slipped one spot to sixth place this year because of increases in both tax revenue and government spending as a percentage of GDP.

The US dropped to 6th place. Would someone please explain to me how it is that the country most tied to the idea of a free market somehow is in 6th place instead of #1?

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