I’m on a roll!

June 23, 2005

Two political posts in a day…

Homes may be ‘taken’ for private projects
Justices: Local governments can give OK if it’s for public good.

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people’s homes and businesses — even against their will — for private economic development.

It was a decision fraught with huge implications for a country with many areas, particularly the rapidly growing urban and suburban areas, facing countervailing pressures of development and property ownership rights.

As a result, cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue.

I find myself wondering why we fought so hard against communism and fascism for years, only to turn around and let our own government seize our houses for shopping malls. Truly baffling. How is having another huge concrete slab filled with Gap’s and Abercrombie’s “for public good”? Isn’t the public having homes, and more importantly, the right to land they’ve bought beneficial to us all?

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One Response to “I’m on a roll!”

  1. Ted Says:

    But if they make a krispy kreme on top of my house, it’ll all be worth it…mmm, krispy kreme.


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