"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Thursday, June 23, 2005
A divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth often is at war with individual property rights.
The 5-4 ruling represented a defeat for some Connecticut residents whose homes are slated for destruction to make room for an office complex. They argued that cities have no right to take their land except for projects with a clear public use, such as roads or schools, or to revitalize blighted areas.
As a result, cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue.
If this was a piece of legislation instead of a judicial ruling, it would be called "The Wal-Mart Giveaway Act of 2005." Corruption in municipal government will now increase exponentially, as developers scramble to buy local ward-heelers by the gross. And, by the way, I would be more impressed by all the bitching about our liberal federal courts if the one and only actual "liberal" on the Supreme Court wasn't a doddering old fool who hasn't written an opinion drafted in coherent, standard English since, oh, I don't know, the freakin' Carter administration! I'll tell you this - if any of the Framers could be conjured up by black magic and led to read this opinion, such worthy gentleman would bitch-slap Stevens and the other big-money whores in the majority so fast their heads would spin, and dump their sorry, limp, constitutionally impaired asses into Boston Harbor. For kicks.