Friday, June 08, 2007

Another eminent domain outrage

Stubborn Facts has crossposted a Rich Horton interview with Philip Klein, maker of the eminent-domain documentary "Begging for Billionaires."

It contains one of the most absurd uses of eminent domain ever: declaring some of suburban St. Louis' most valuable real estate "blighted" so that the city could seize it and hand it over to a developer as part of a redevelopment plan.

Abuses like this have generated bipartisan support for eminent-domain reform, more clearly spelling out the conditions under which property may be taken. I think the issue is murkier than some purists would like you to believe, but the general principle is sound: the state should be allowed to seize private property only in very limited circumstances and for very limited purposes.

The linked post has much, much more. Give it a read.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree!! But it sure is funny to see YOU and TOM DELAY on the same side of an issue.

JP5

6/08/2007 1:39 PM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

Only if you think that people who are political opponents must disagree 100% of the time.

Besides, my opposition to DeLay had less to do with his politics than with his hardball partisanship and sleazy money games.

6/08/2007 1:45 PM  
Blogger Not Your Mama said...

Why is it funny? That Democrats care as much about private property rights as anyone else?

So we aren't quite the total socialists the right tries to paint us all. Who knew.

6/08/2007 2:53 PM  

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