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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Eminent Domain, Donald, more trouble than, well, ANYTHING else


Only the most EXTREME need of the public should justify the CONSIDERATION of using the public good as a reason for compelling the FORCED sale of private property.

Homes. Way of life. Dreams.

There is NO qualifying justification for the use of eminent domain in order to transfer the property to another private owner.

None. Zero. Forget it. Never. Find another parcel of land elsewhere.

There is VERY LITTLE justification for the use of eminent domain in order to transfer the property to the public.

None and very little.

Last night I heard Mr. Trump blithely explain the use of a eminent domain as just another tool of govt for the public good.

Then he said he had no position, or didn’t want to talk about it on Kelso v. New London to Fox after the debate when questioned.


This is a big one.

Here, in Maine, this issue is so serious that a small group of homeowners ‘in the way’ appear to have stopped cold the expansion of an interstate highway, and the public is backing them because everyone understands the issue.

It’s simple.


For the first time, Trump sounded JUST like a member of the political class. This election season is horrific, so far.

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Blogger Always On Watch said...

Can't say that I disagree with you, Epa.

But what was going on in Atlantic City at that time?

Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:34:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Vera Coking kept her house.

Sunday, February 07, 2016 12:47:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something similar here in Arlington, VA. Almost an entire block was bought by a builder, except a car repair shop for foreign cars. The owner resisted all kinds of offers, so like the house in Atlantic City, there is this huge building, wrapped around a tiny old one-story structure, with a good-size parking lot right in front of the building. I smile every time I drive buy, and hope the little guy got a lot of new customers thanks to the new apartment building towering above his shop.

God bless America!

Sunday, February 07, 2016 3:43:00 pm  
Blogger Jason Pappas said...

I used to enjoy seeing Hurley's which stood on the corner of 49th. It opened in 1892 by three Irishmen, Paddy Daly, Daniel Hurley, and Connie Hurley. It refused to sell out to the Rockefeller family when Rockefeller center was built; and that bar stayed in its building until 2000:

Johnny Carson used to joke about Ed McMahon downing a few at Hurley when the show was in the NBC building next-door. In my single days ... (taking the 5th).

P.J.Clarke's is another hold out: http://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bigmap/citywide/holdouts/
I've enjoyed their burgers but never had the Richard Harris (who arriving in the city from his native Ireland, ordering “the usual,” which was known to be a simple P.J. Clarke’s burger with six double vodkas.)
That last link has several holdouts. Even in NYC we (once) respect property rights.

Trump is sadly weak on this one.

Sunday, February 07, 2016 4:07:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I don't think Trump truly understands or even knows the Constitution.

Sunday, February 07, 2016 6:13:00 pm  
Blogger christian soldier said...

Life Liberty PROPERTY-original words of the Declaration- the Founders knew that the 'royals' could take property any time they wished- thus- the word PROPERTY-
(pursuit of happiness was a re-wording to the PC factions of that time-to satisfy the northerners concern that slaves were considered 'property")
too bad--

Sunday, February 07, 2016 6:29:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Often, however, holdouts who prevailed against eminent domain (or developers) aren't as fortunate as the cases mentioned above. We see many cases of those unfortunate properties and their owners here in Northern Virginia; in the types of cases I'm mentioning, the properties decline into eyesores and are sold for next to nothing in estate sales (or Medicaid sales).

Sunday, February 07, 2016 9:12:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I must say that the Kelo case was an atrocity. Nobody should be FORCED to sell to another private party in the name of eminent domain.

Sunday, February 07, 2016 9:13:00 pm  

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