Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Property snatching goes on the list for '06
Can government entities, in the name of some guy’s version of progress, simply snatch property from one owner and give it to a second owner for the sole purpose of "economic development"? Well, apparently, yes they can thanks to the Supreme Court Kelo v New London decision. So now every
This nervousness has not been lost on
The GOP legislature (meaning the House, remember the Senate is tied) wants to revisit
However, Vilsack, despite the direct invitation from Justice Stevens in the Court's decision, wants to leave it up to Congress (that's right Gov, just keep holding your ankles for the inside the beltway crowd). While another East Coast transplant and nut job, Senator Jack Hatch, wants to keep the ability for developers to use the principle of eminent domain, or property snatching, for certain economic development.
The only thing anyone needs to know about Hatch is his creepy attachment to spending other people’s money on everything, including private contractors in the business of economic development or, in the Hatch world, urban renewal. Oh, and he has great hair.
Not all the Democrats are hip to this constitutionally blessed scam. The Fallon for Governor Team – via State 29 blog turned news source – put out a press release objecting to the use of eminent domain for economic development. I love disagreement among the ranks; it makes an issue bleed-out messy and right into an election.
It's as if we are starting to see a pattern of convergence on political issues that scream for good policy. What with Fallon being on the side of GOP leadership on this one and Vander Plaats taking a left turn on corporate responsibility in the hiring of illegal immigrants. OMG, it seems some of these pols have souls that respond to common sense and not the almighty PAC check. Give us more, please.
So much for poetic justice. Justice Souter’s influence in his community shielded him from his own ruling. No other rational justification can be found.
Thankfully, the legislative branch is now busy at work attempting to shield private property rights from the Supreme Court ruling. It seems that the two may have switched roles, with the House defending the Constitution, and the Supreme Court writing new laws.
I thought I saw Alice the other day! Or maybe it was Justice Souter –skipping in Wonderland, immune to and above the laws he passes.
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