The Supreme Court ruled yesterday in Kelo v. New London that politically connected developers and corporations may use the government’s eminent domain powers to acquire private property against the owners’ wishes because such takings may be believed to promote economic development?
Don’t want to sell to Walmart? Too bad, a new Walmart will bring more money and jobs than your family farm.
This decision is ripe for abuse by local governments and corporations, and it really shocks me that a majority of Supreme Court Justices agreed with it. However, we can work with this. I call on all local governments in which Justices Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer reside to begin economic development of their homes as soon as possible. I’m sure the cities can find a strip mall or two that is willing to pay more in taxes than the Justices currently do.
I wonder how long it would take the justices to realize the error of their ways.