Thursday, October 20, 2005

On Eminent Domain

A Ken Newton column in the St. Joseph News-Press says, "U.S. Sen. Christopher Bond, R-MO., believes the climate of eminent domain law needs some moderation. Mr. Bond acted Wednesday to supply it. The Senate passed a Bond-sponsored amendment restricting the use of federal dollars on private developments using eminent domain powers.Mr. Bond cited an instance in St. Louis where eminent domain laws forced homeowners off their property to accommodate a shopping center. A Supreme Court ruling in June gave local governments more power to seize private property for generating added tax revenue. "People should not be forced out of their homes at the will of any private development," said Mr. Bond in adding the amendment to the Treasury, Transportation and HUD appropriations bill. The amendment allows federal-funds use for eminent-domain projects-highways, airports and so on-that serve the general public".

That all sounds pretty good unless you live in the Saint Joseph, Missouri area. A new strip mall just opened here on the site that once was Green Acres retirement home. You could have called it a poor house. Where was Mr. Bond when it's residents were given the boot?

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Anonymous Jake Porter said...

I at one time used to like Mr. Bond but after I seen him in the debate last year when he and his democratic opponet were beat by the Libertarian and Constituion party candidates. Mr. Bond and his Democratic opponent talked about the increased socialism this country needed.

Eminent Domain is wrong and the Supreme Court does not have the power to declare something unconstitutional what they are doing is unconstitutional.

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