Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ensign v. Kelo

Unlike four-fifths of the United States Supreme Court, Nevada Senator John Ensign apparently respects private property rights.

Nice to know somebody does.

He's sponsoring a bill to deny federal funding and tax breaks to private corporations and government entities that use eminent domain (I'll need to read the bill to get the specifics of how that's done, and when it would apply).

One nitpick: "The ruling was a victory for communities that are home to blighted neighborhoods but a setback for property rights advocates." Well, no, the Supreme Court specifically noted that the disputed property in Kelo was not blighted. The Kelo danger is that it expands "public use" far beyond the notion of condemning blighted or dangerous property, or constructing public buildings like post offices, schools, or a movie theater that only shows the Alien movies.