Friday, June 24, 2005

More on Kelo

If I had an infinite amount of time I would spend more time researching this issue, but it seems to me the Supreme Courts decision is based on the "Public Use" being the 1,000 jobs that the project was likely to "create".

From the majority opinion:

We granted certiorari to determine whether a cityÂ?s decision to take
property for the purpose of economic development satisfies the Â?public useÂ?
requirement of the Fifth Amendment. 542 U.S. ___ (2004).

in which they quote:

In 2000, the city of New London approved a development plan that, in the words
of the Supreme Court of Connecticut, was Â?projected to create in excess of 1,000
jobs, to increase tax and other revenues, and to revitalize an economically
distressed city, including its downtown and waterfront areas.Â? 268 Conn. 1, 5,
843 A. 2d 500, 507 (2004).

If they maybe understood a little about economics, they might not fall for this public use argument. Let me remind everyone, in the long run the number of jobs and the amount of labor provided to the market is determined by the number of people willing to work. Supply creates demand. I don't see how taking some old ladies house from her will have an impact on that?

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