June 26, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
Bush issued an executive order today limiting "eminent domain" -- public seizure of private property to enrich private interests.
Does this mean that Bush is going to give the money back?
"A copy of the secret agreement among Mr. Bush and the other Rangers owners shows that they intended to make money not just by running a baseball club but also by land speculation.
For example, one owner found a nice chunk of land and sent a memo suggesting that it "sounds like another condemnation candidate if you want to work the site into your master plan," according to the court documents. Another of the owners' internal memos casts a proprietary gaze on a property and declares: "We plan to condemn this land."
For a group of financiers to go around town admiring properties and deciding which to seize through the government power of condemnation so that they can acquire free land and speculate on it is appalling."
Never before had a municipal authority in Texas been given license to seize the property of a private citizen for the benefit of other private citizens. That is exactly what happened to a recalcitrant Arlington family that refused to sell a 13-acre parcel near the stadium site for half its appraised value. Their land was condemned and handed over to the Rangers.As I wrote at the time,
So when you hear a right-winger complain about Kelo, and government seizures of property, let them know who the worst offender is, and point them to this info.And by the way, what ever happened to the Harken Oil insider trading document release that Bush promised?
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I agree it's appalling. So will you join me in condemning Kelo vs. New London, right now, in writing.
Or is all this just more hot air.
I agree it's appalling.
Really? You believe Bush's (and most right wingers') hypocrisy is appalling. Somehow I doubt it.
It's legitimate condemnation of property for the public good you hate, not the theft of it by government stooges working for your pals.
Just as I thought. You won't condemn this practice. You'll slice it, dice it and spin it. But when it comes to standing up for an actual principal, you're absent.
Or like Richard, write nonsense and hope it somehow slips by unnoticed. I noticed Richard. You didn't condemn Kelo.
This country built railroads, roadways and government buildings in every county and state for over 200 years without Kelo vs New London. Yet you offer a weak link between Kelo and "legitimate condemnation of property for the public good". If it was your house being given to Walmart, or Costco, or Hilton Hotels, I doubt that you would see much good in it.
But it's not your house, so why would I expect you to care?
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