Eminent Domain Moratorium

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As reported on the Reason blog,

Responding to popular outrage over the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding the use of eminent domain for economic development, Connecticut legislators and Gov. M. Jodi Rell are calling for a moratorium on the practice until the legislature can decide whether it should be permitted. The moratorium would prevent forced transfers of property from one private owner to another that are aimed at generating jobs and tax revenue.

Political action at the state level? I don’t understand. I didn’t think it was possible. I thought only the benevolent federal government could ever do anything to vindicate rights.

Well golly gee, it looks like maybe such abuses CAN be tackled on a local level. So maybe I was right that the Supremes should have dismissed Kelo on the grounds that the 5th Amendment simply does not apply to the States.

4:39 pm on July 12, 2005