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Thursday, June 23, 2005

NEXT STOP: COMMUNAL HOUSING 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the government could decide what sort of buildings should be built where, kind of like they did during the Cultural Revolution in Mao's China or during Stalin's 5-year plans?

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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