We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Michelle has a pretty good rant on the subject, at Town Hall.
More on Kelo
In American Thinker:The Pandora’s box opened up by such a position should be obvious. I ask you, what legal business doesn’t create jobs and revenue? That’s what businesses do. Therefore, under this reasoning it follows that any commercial development proposal under the sun could serve as an eminent domain-enabled pretext to seize your property. Hey, even a hotdog stand produces more jobs and tax revenue than your home does.
This fact was not lost on Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In what strikes me as a rare moment of lucidity, she wrote in her dissent,
“The specter of condemnation hangs over all property . . . nothing is to prevent the state from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.”
I do concur. Moreover, what seems to have escaped everyone’s notice is that the leftist judges have broadened the definition of “public use” to a point where they’ve rendered the term meaningless. After all, if a “public use” can in reality be any use deemed beneficial to society by the powers that be, then the term has lost its raison d’etre.
Read the whole thing - link above.
Can you believe Delay said this?
re the House voting to raise their salaries - try this one on your boss today:
"It's not a pay raise," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. "It's an adjustment so that they're not losing their purchasing power."