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  • Tim Condon
    The only downside is they didn t mention that Logan is a participant in the Free State Project, and intends to move to New Hampshire himself. -------Tim
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2005
      The only downside is they didn't mention that Logan is a
      participant in the Free State Project, and intends to move to New
      Hampshire himself. -------Tim Condon

      From today's editorial page of The Wall Street Journal:


      They Paved Paradise
      June 30, 2005; Page A12

      Last week's Supreme Court ruling that local governments have more or
      less unlimited authority to seize private property has had us thinking
      of an old Joni Mitchell lyric: "They paved paradise and put up a parking
      lot/With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swingin' hot spot."

      "The Big Yellow Taxi" ought to be the theme song for the grassroots
      movement that is springing up in reaction to the Court's ruling in /Kelo
      v. New London/. Many people aren't too familiar with the government's
      power of` "eminent domain." But when they learn that five Supreme Court
      justices believe New London, Connecticut, was justified in trying to
      evict homeowners in order to make way for a private hotel and corporate
      offices, the reaction is: How can I keep that from happening to me?

      As it happens, the Court's ruling offers a way out, inviting states to
      take remedial action. "Nothing in our opinion precludes any State from
      placing further restrictions on its exercise of the takings power,"
      Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the 5-4 majority.

      At least 10 states -- Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine,
      Michigan, Montana, South Carolina, Utah and Washington -- already forbid
      the use of eminent domain for economic development (while permitting it
      for legitimate "public use," such as building a highway). Six states --
      Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New York and North Dakota --
      expressly allow private property to be taken for private economic
      purposes. The rest haven't spoken on the issue.

      But just wait. In Connecticut this week the house and senate debated
      legislation to forbid the taking of private homes for private economic
      development except in the case of blight. The bill failed, but Robert
      Ward, the Republican house minority leader and the bill's sponsor, says
      he plans to widen it to include takings of all private property and
      re-introduce it next month. He already has indications of support from
      Democrats who have been hearing from constituents outraged over /Kelo/.

      In Washington, Senators John Cornyn (R., Texas) and Bill Nelson (D.,
      Florida) introduced legislation this week to bar the feds from using the
      power of eminent domain for private economic development as well as
      prohibit states from using federal money for that purpose.

      Scott Bullock, a lawyer who represented the New London homeowners in the
      Supreme Court, says his clients have been "besieged with expressions of
      support." Yesterday the Institute for Justice, the public interest law
      firm for which Mr. Bullock works, announced a $3 million "Hands Off My
      Home" campaign. It will work with local activists to fight government
      seizures of private property and pass state laws limiting the use of
      eminent domain.

      Meanwhile, Justice David Souter may soon get an up-close-and-personal
      lesson in how /Kelo/ can affect ordinary homeowners. An outraged citizen
      announced this week that he is starting the application process to build
      a hotel on property owned by the Justice in New Hampshire. The "City of
      Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with
      a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the
      land," Logan Darrow Clements said in a press release. Mr. Clements plans
      to call his new development the "Lost Liberty Hotel."


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