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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Kelo of Insanity

I swear, the government MUST be using drugs. As most of you probably know, the Kelo decision caused a big uproar in the blogsphere (left and right blogs alike). Mainly because the government was saying anyone who might be able to make more money, and hence more tax revenue for the government, with a plot of land, they can then simply hand it over to those people by way of eminent domain- oh with due compensation at 2000 market values- not current, 2005, market values. So in response, Freestar Media, LLC. decided to petition to start the "lost liberty hotel" on the land of supreme court justice David H. Souter's home- an amusing distraction that I haven't heard any more of since it was announced. Anyway, the latest insanity of this, according to Fairfield County Weekly, is that now the city in question; New London, CT, is demanding back rent from the losers of the case!

Those who believe in the adage "when it rains, it pours" might take the tale of the plaintiffs in Kelo v. New London as a cue to buy two of every animal and a load of wood from Home Depot. The U.S. Supreme Court recently found that the city's original seizure of private property was constitutional under the principal of eminent domain, and now New London is claiming that the affected homeowners were living on city land for the duration of the lawsuit and owe back rent. It's a new definition of chutzpah: Confiscate land and charge back rent for the years the owners fought confiscation.

I just can't believe these people. "You were on our land during the 4 years this was in court, so give us money!" This is just absolutely despicable and I honestly don't understand why a government would so readily and thoroughly trample all over these people. If it was me, I'd refuse to pay and just move. Let them (first find me) file a civil suit against me if they want to take it that far, and hope they win. Unbelieveable. The city just fought for 4 years to evict these people and now want to get paid for it! I think this qualifies for "intrusive government" status.