Recently, the Mercatus Center of George Mason University completed a study on which states were the “free-est”. Their criteria —perhaps a bit too Reagenesque and libertarian ---for measuring such “free-ness” included fiscal policy, regulatory policy, personal freedom, and economic freedom.
Number one, by their standards? New Hampshire---whose state motto is “Live Free or Die”. Well, if you’re gonna put the lives of your residents on the line, it’s pretty tough not to come in at number one. Although New Hamsphire is number 1, New Jersey clocks in at number 49 overall. We do beat out New York, by the way.
However, there is one area where we are now a bit “free-er” than we were before: the freedom for women to get a "Brazilian" wax ---the bare-it-all bikini waxing---just in time for summers at the Jersey Shore.
At first, the state Cosmetology and Hairstyling Board proposed banning "Brazilian" bikini waxing after two women were hospitalized for infections following the procedure. Ouch for their Jersey Girly-parts.
Then Consumer Affairs Director David Szuchman got a ‘closer’ look at the issue, and killed the plan. Said Szuchman, “Many commenters have noted that the procedure can be safely performed. I, therefore, believe that there are alternate means to address any public health issues identified by the board.” “Many commenters”? Just who are these folks and how did they take ‘notes’?
Anyway, maybe we should contact the folks at the Mercatus Center and see if this new found freedom gets us moved up a notch or two. And by the way, Brazilian waxing is OK in New Hampshire, too, apparently.