In the continuing assault on your rights, SCOTUS ruled today that local governments can seize private land (read: your home) for private development.
I love this little tidbit.
Local officials, not federal judges, know best in deciding whether a development project will benefit the community, justices said.
The test was whether city officials know better than federal judges? What about community members? Where’s the input of the community?
This decision is just begging for abuse and puts the jack boot of self-serving local governments on the throat of anyone they deem a problem. Don’t like that a-hole who is causing an increase in calls from his neighbors for doing really annoying, but completely legal, activities (like having a workshop)? Just seize his land and put up anything else. Problem solved.
Or, in this case, when businesses throw enough money at a city government, they can tear down any neighborhood they want. I’m sure no money made its way into the city council members’ pockets in this case.
What a sick, shameful decision.