June 28, 2005
The Kelo Gambit
Via Drudge comes this report of one Logan Darrow Clements' attempting to get Justice David Souter's home in Weare, NH, taken from him in order for Clements to build a hotel on the site. All for the common good, of course.
I know, I know - It's pretty childish. But it's funny nonetheless.
Posted by Robert at June 28, 2005 01:42 PM
He could keep Souter on as his hotel manager. It would be just like "Newhart". (Souter and Bob Newhart -- separated at birth?)
Pretty funny. Of course one could argue that a significant portion of GW's personal wealth came from abuse of eminent domain. Texas Rangers stadium was built on government seized land.
Meb. But this is an issue that really spans both party lines and economic strata. It isn't just the Thurston Howells and Scrooge McDucks who can or will take advantage, it's anybody with a get-rich scheme up his sleave and a buddy on the local government entity. One of my first reactions was that SCOTUS has just presented the Mob with a nice new field in which to diversify.
Texas Rangers stadium was built on government seized land.
A fact that was protested by many conservastives, even some who are supporters of the President (Michelle Malkin notably). I fail to see how two wrongs suddenly make a right.
If you'd have asked me on Thurday if a situation could even be hypothetically crafted where I'd support Eminent Domain for personal profit (and not Government required services) I'd have said no...
I'm not so sure now. Maybe in a limited 5 cases...
I am definitely on the side of ED being bad when used for private gain. Only pointing out it's not just liberals abusing it...
Which is a bit of a non sequitur, since no one said they were. We ARE saying it's the Liberal wing of SCOTUS that didn't just abuse it, they damn well RAPED it, and the discussion at this point should be about "What the hell were they thinking on that damned bench and what can we do to stop this travesty", not "Well, so-and-so did it too."