Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Eminent domain

In regards to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing private property to be confiscated by the government for other private parties, for the sake of deriving higher property taxes:

The Republicans tried to make this into a partisan issue, because the justices who voted for this were, for some reason, those who tend to be less conservative. Of course, the reason they voted for this was in order to respect state's rights, which the conservatives have glorified when it comes to denying rights to the poor and minorities. I don't know anybody who agrees with this decision, and most of the people I talk to are liberals.

However, the conservatives have no problems with zoning laws that are designed to keep poor people from living near them in the first place, whether as owners or renters. Also, the poor and relatively poor can lose their property because of high property taxes.

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