Protecting Private Property

Posted on January 13, 2005
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In an editorial (subscription required) yesterday, the Wall Street Journal urged the White House not to file an amicus brief supporting government takings of private property in the pending U.S. Supreme Court case of Kelo v. City of New London . The case involves an attempt by government officials to seize private property for an economic redevelopment project. Allowing government to arbitrarily take a person's home seems counter to President Bush's goal of creating an ownership society.

The case presents a unique opportunity for the United States Supreme Court to reign in abuse of eminent domain.  It is why the Goldwater Institute authored an amicus brief joined by other national organizations and think tanks urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Connecticut decision.

Such a result will provide certainty for property owners and discourage the takings rampage we've seen in the last few years throughout the country.  Most important for President Bush, it is consistent with his goal of encouraging an ownership society.

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