Is Eminent Domain Being Abused As A Hot Button Political Issue?

Mark Alan Hughes takes on politicians who plan to use legislation limiting the use of eminent domain as a means to mobilize voters. Hughes points out that Kelo didn’t really change anything about the use of eminent domain.
November 9, 2005, 12pm PST | margywaller
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In this column, Hughes notes that while 35 states are working on “legislation limiting or abolishing eminent domain”, the Kelo decision “did not expand the jurisprudence of eminent domain beyond the settled practice of the past 50 years. The court has not spawned some new demon that will devour our homes unless elected officials come riding to our rescue.”

Instead, what politicians are attacking “here is not eminent domain but our faith that government is capable of defining a public use....The use of eminent domain must be well regulated and always demands just compensation. But an assault on eminent domain itself is an assault on our ability to govern ourselves. If we can't define a public purpose, then all government action is illegitimate.

It's just another attack on the idea that government can improve the lives of ordinary people and their communities.”

Thanks to Margy Waller

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Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2005 in The Philadelphia Daily News
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