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November 07, 2005

Congress declares war on Supreme Court

Okay, maybe they didn't “literally” declare war, but the fight for a proper balance of power is not quite as over as we thought.

From the North Country Gazette...

The House considered legislation this week that would withhold federal funds from state and local governments that use powers of eminent domain to force homeowners to give up their property for commercial use. 

In June, in a 5-4 ruling in Kelo v. City of New London , the Supreme Court held that local governments could seize property needed for private development projects for the public good. The decision allowed the City of New London, Conn., to utilize eminent domain law to force homeowners to yield their property to private developers. 

Congressman Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) is a chief sponsor of the bill.

"It doesn't matter where you live - city, farm or suburbia - eminent domain abuses know no boundaries. I've heard from people living in downtown neighborhoods who fear the loss of their home; their fear is shared by folks in rural America whose farm land is threatened. Something must be done to stop these abuses," said Bonilla.

So...the Supreme Court tells cities “Go ahead, can steal people's property for whatever whimsical ideas you come up with.” Now Congress is getting ready to tell those cities, “You do and you can forget about receiving any Federal funds!”

It's been said the power to tax is the power to control. What hasn't been said, but is equally true is that the power to withhold Federal funds can be just as controlling. By the time this is made law, challenged in the courts and gets to the Supreme Court, it'll be with Bush's two new Justice sitting on the court. Looks interesting.

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 7, 2005 06:29 AM

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