Friday, June 23, 2006

I Agree With Bush?

It's not too many times that I can say that I agree with President Bush. Earlier this year, the Justice Souter issued an opinion that stated that state government's and municipalities had the authority to exercise eminent domain over private property (that may have been redundant) in order to use the land not only for public purposes, but also for economic ones. This decision was not readily accepted by the public. A public interest group promptly filed a petition for the local government to sieze Justice Souter's home in order to build a mall. I don't think it worked, but it was funny.

Well, to get to the point, President Bush just issued an executive order, available at the White House's website here, that once again restricts the government's eminent domain powers to an exercise in the public interest. We'll see if a local government challenges this ruling. It may be useless, anyway, because after the Supreme Court's ruling several states passed laws restricting the use of eminent domain in a similar fashion. Regardless, President Bush was spot on on this one.

-B. Hammond

1 Comments:

Blogger V. Hammond said...

bh-

i agree with this too. something is odd.

mh

4:22 PM  

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