Thursday, June 23, 2005
Well wonder no more. The Supreme Court, in today's ridiculous decision in Kelo v. New London, decided that a city government can condemn a person's house just because some hoity-toity corporate-urban-planner types have decided that a "planned" neighborhood (complete with a Starbucks and Panera Bread, no doubt) would drive up property values, add jobs, and, most importantly, generate tax revenue for the sucking leach that is local government. That, the 5-4 majority of the Court says, serves a "Public Purpose." Sorry grandma, but your house is being replaced by a Bed Bath and Beyond. But hey, there's a consolation prize: Somewhere in your town, a teacher's union member won't have to pay a $5 copay on a bottle of prescription drugs at Walgreens. Feel better? I thought so.
At least there is an upside. It looks like O'Connor is back from the end of the plank. She ripped the Communist majority a new one, based on the increasingly outmoded principles of original intent, and, uhh, stare decisis. Scalia, while not writing an separate dissenting opinion, at least did not pull a Manchurian Candidate worthy switch like he did a few weeks ago in the Raich (medical marijuana) case. Thomas, of course, was in classic form. I think he's my new hero.
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