Skip to comments.Bush Signs Executive Order Limiting Eminent Domain Powers of Federal Government
Posted on 06/24/2006 3:45:58 AM PDT by MNJohnnie
WASHINGTON President Bush declared Friday that the federal government can only seize private property for a public use such as a hospital or road.
The president signed an executive order in response to a Supreme Court decision granting local governments broad power to bulldoze people's homes to make way for private development.
It was the one-year anniversary of the controversial Supreme Court decision in a case involving New London, Conn., homeowners.
The majority opinion from the divided court limited homeowners rights, by saying that local governments could take private property for purely economic development-related projects because the motive was bringing more jobs and tax revenue to the city.
But the court also noted that states are free to pass additional protections if they see fit, and many have done so, prohibiting so-called takings for shopping malls or other private projects.
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Already posted here:
and surprisingly (to me), some on the thread seem quite unhappy with Bush on this issue. Another "damned if he does, damned if he don't)moment.
After initiating the thread, I found some interesting and informative links, all of which helped me understand why President Bush took this action:
So how does this affect people whose homes have already been stolen thru eminent domain?
Wow, you are a tough customer.
"Cities, though, backed by many liberals see the takings power as an important tool for urban renewal projects crucial to revitalizing cities."
I hadn't thought of 'cities' as particularly socialist in nature until this comment. Verrry interesting. Perhaps cities can join the Main Stream Media as dead men walking and obsolete.
If taking is crucial to the life of a city then let it die. If taking is crucial to the success of a BigBox store then let it fail (see WalMart/Sturgeon Bay controversy).
k, i'm not a Constitutional Scholar (though that label doesn't necessarily guarantee one's standing on this board, in any case...) but I fail to see how someone could damn the executive for signing this order?
If it's from the "only the legislature can legislate" perspective, it's a thin argument - imo President Bush's signing this on the anniversary of Souter's Tyranny is significant -
I read this as a message to all branches... to the judicial, a reminder that theirs is not to make law, but to adjudicate; and to the legislature, a curt reminder for them to stop bullshitting and get on with the business of the People.
But not all, and state and local governments are the worst offenders.
Bush could discover a homemade cure for cancer and people here would bitch that he's hurting their pharmaceutical stocks and is an enemy to the American business community.
she speaks the 'struth
What a wonderfully CONSERVATIVE thing to do!!!
Good for Bush.
Shame on the Republican for not stepping up to the plate and taking care of this very serious problem along time ago.
Does somebody take Buchanan serious?
Just a simple question. Now I see this is a federal restriction and won't have any effect.
You already included them in the second group.
The Democrat party is sliding into the hands of its biggest wackos. If we are to stop ourselves from falling into the hands of our own crazy cousins, we need to check our impulses for following the ravings of the Buchanoids and Savageweiners.
>> So how does this affect people whose homes have already been stolen thru eminent domain?
It doesn't help them, at all. It keeps the federal government from doing it.
Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.
Read the whole EO and no mention what-so-ever pertains to any actions other than the federal government.
Now, how many recent eminent domain scandals have you heard lately done by the federal government? Local and state governments? That's right! None by the federal government, all the others were done by the state and local governments.
This is a document that says nothing but leads one to believe that we are all safe from improper seizure but it's false. This is nothing more than "feel good soup for the soul" in dire political times.
Someone please point out where local and state governments are affected. Here's the link to the EO. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/06/20060623-10.html