May 31, 2006

Calling It Like It Is: Eminent Domain Abuse

With a H/T to the Club for Growth blogsite, Donald Boudreaux says it like it is:

Editor, The New York Post

To the Editor:

The Supreme Court says that property can be seized from private citizen Smith and transferred to private citizen Jones as long as the government declares that the seizure serves a good cause ("Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes," June 24).

So let's see. If I poke a gun in my neighbor's nose and demand that he "sell" his house to me, I would be arrested. But if I get a city council to poke the gun on my behalf - in exchange for my promise to generate handsome tax revenues for the city - all's well and constitutionally okie-dokie.

Makes sense…for a nation that worships power and disdains liberty.


Donald J. Boudreaux
Department of Economics
George Mason University

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We've known it all along.

The Supreme Court may be supreme but it is also wrong in this very obvious revision of the Constitution's intent.

Bottom line: This decision will be challenged and overturned in due course.

J Mahn

Posted by: Joe Mahn at May 31, 2006 10:36 PM