Thursday, June 23, 2005
SCOTUS & Eminent Domain
Private property rights took a body blow today when the SCOTUS ruled towns could take private property (via eminent domain) in order to pave the way for perceived to be better economic development plans. In my opinion, the ruling tracks with all the so-called "smart growth" proponents that think the guvmint (and unelected groups like editorial boards and regional development authorities) can better judge how to develop an area. It's an arrogant worldview and I recommend Americans wake up and fight this one in their state and local legislative bodies.