Eminent Domain Round Up
With Kelo coming today (CNN has a summary), here’s what blogs saying:
Eric – Constitutional violations aside, something about this process would seem to invite political chicanery, if not outright corruption. Want a good deal on a piece of property? Contribute large sums of money to the right guy’s campaign, and it’ll be yours for a song!
Southern Appeal: – According to the Petitioner’s brief, the City and a private development corporation seek to take Petitioners’ 15 homes to turn them over to other private parties in the hope that the City may benefit from whatever trickle-down effects those new businesses produce. Petitioners argue that the majority opinion below incorrectly equated “public use” with the ordinary “public” benefits – taxes and jobs – that typically flow from private business enterprises. The Petitioners urge the Court to adopt a bright-line rule that the possible increase in taxes and jobs does not qualify as a public use.
Tim Cavanaugh has a link rich post that with too much info to quote. Go read.
Pejman Yousefzadeh offers checks to address abuse of eminent domain.
Stephen Green rightly calls it legalized theft.
Update: Lobbygow is on it too.
It seems that one thing most sides of the political spectrum can agree on is that eminent domain abuse sucks.