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Trumpís Eminent-Domain Empire
National Review ^ | 4/22/2011 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 04/23/2011 7:05:23 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross

Don’t be fooled by the Donald. Take it from one who knows: I’m a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trump’s towers. All through my childhood, casino developers and government bureaucrats joined hands, raised taxes, and made dazzling promises of urban renewal. Then we wised up to the eminent-domain thievery championed by our hometown faux free-marketeers.

America, it’s time you wised up to Donald Trump’s property-redistribution racket, too.

Trump has been wooing conservative activists for months and flirting with a GOP presidential run — first at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington and most recently at a tea-party event in South Florida. He touts his business experience, “high aptitude,” and “bragadocious” deal-making abilities. But he’s no more a standard bearer of conservative values, limited government, and constitutional principles than the cast of Jersey Shore.

Too many mega-developers like Trump have achieved success by using and abusing the government’s ability to commandeer private property for purported “public use.” Invoking the Fifth Amendment takings clause, real-estate moguls, parking-garage builders, mall developers, and sports-palace architects have colluded with elected officials to pull off legalized theft in the name of reducing “blight.” Under eminent domain, the definition of “public purpose” has been stretched like Silly Putty to cover everything from roads and bridges to high-end retail stores, baseball stadiums, and casinos.

While casting himself as America’s new constitutional savior, Trump has shown reckless disregard for fundamental private-property rights. In the 1990s, he waged a notorious war on elderly homeowner Vera Coking, who owned a little home in Atlantic City that stood in the way of Trump’s manifest land development. The real-estate mogul was determined to expand his Trump Plaza and build a limousine parking lot — Coking’s private property be damned. The nonprofit Institute for Justice, which successfully saved Coking’s home, explained the confiscatory scheme:

Unlike most developers, Donald Trump doesn’t have to negotiate with a private owner when he wants to buy a piece of property, because a governmental agency — the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority or CRDA — will get it for him at a fraction of the market value, even if the current owner refuses to sell. Here is how the process works.

After a developer identifies the parcels of land he wants to acquire and a city planning board approves a casino project, CRDA attempts to confiscate these properties using a process called “eminent domain,” which allows the government to condemn properties “for public use.” Increasingly, though, CRDA and other government entities exercise the power of eminent domain to take property from one private person and give it to another. At the same time, governments give less and less consideration to the necessity of taking property and also ignore the personal loss to the individuals being evicted.

Trump has attempted to use the same tactics in Connecticut and has championed the reviled Kelo v. City of New London Supreme Court ruling upholding expansive use of eminent domain. He told Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto that he agreed with the ruling “100 percent” and defended the chilling power of government to kick people out of their homes and businesses based on arbitrary determinations:

The fact is, if you have a person living in an area that’s not even necessarily a good area, and government, whether it’s local or whatever, government wants to build a tremendous economic development, where a lot of people are going to be put to work and make [an] area that’s not good into a good area, and move the person that’s living there into a better place — now, I know it might not be their choice — but move the person to a better place and yet create thousands upon thousands of jobs and beautification and lots of other things, I think it happens to be good.

Like most statist promises of bountiful job creation, government-engineered redevelopment math rarely adds up. Trump’s corporations have backed casino-industry bailouts and wealth-redistributing “tax-increment financing” schemes — the very kind of taxpayer-subsidized interventions we’ve seen on a grand scale under the Obama administration.

Championing liberty begins at the local level. There is nothing more fundamental than the principle that a man’s home is his castle. Donald Trump’s career-long willingness to trample this right tells you everything you need to know about his bogus tea-party sideshow.


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Michelle joins many other non-Establishment staunch conservatives in clarifying that The Donald is not our candidate for POTUS. Rush is right in saying that The Donald's APPROACH is the right blueprint for the right candidate, but that doesn't make him the right candidate for conservatives. Are we so starved for a strong courageous communicator who is happy to fight 0bama that we'll jump on the first train that comes by, even if it is a carnival sideshow?
1 posted on 04/23/2011 7:05:29 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross

I’m glad Trump elevated the Obama birth issue, but that’s IT. He is NOT a conservative, at all, ever.


2 posted on 04/23/2011 7:06:45 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Donald Trump

born June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York, NY (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)

Parents were
Frederick Christ Trump, born October 11, 1905 in Queens, NY, died June 1999 in Queens, NY
Mary Ann MacLeod, born May 10, 1912 in SCOTLAND, died August 7, 2000 in Queens, NY. Arrived in US October 5, 1935. Naturalized as a US Citizen March 10, 1942.

Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)

Donald Trump is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN unlike Comrade Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama.

3 posted on 04/23/2011 7:07:58 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Servant of the Cross

He’ll never get my vote.


4 posted on 04/23/2011 7:07:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Travis McGee

National Review = Romney Campaign = RINO Rag


5 posted on 04/23/2011 7:09:08 AM PDT by o2bfree
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To: Servant of the Cross

He has peaked at 16 %; there’s nowhere to go but down. Better to let him continue attacks on Obama.


6 posted on 04/23/2011 7:10:13 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Servant of the Cross
Are we so starved for a strong courageous communicator who is happy to fight 0bama that we'll jump on the first train that comes by, even if it is a carnival sideshow?

Yes.
7 posted on 04/23/2011 7:12:32 AM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: o2bfree

Michelle Malkin a RINO? Give up if you and two or three others that agree with you are going to be a political movement.


8 posted on 04/23/2011 7:13:37 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: o2bfree

We can do better than either Trump OR Mitt RINO.


9 posted on 04/23/2011 7:13:47 AM PDT by GunsareOK
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks Servant of the Cross.
Michelle Malkin: All through my childhood, casino developers and government bureaucrats joined hands, raised taxes, and made dazzling promises of urban renewal. Then we wised up to the eminent-domain thievery championed by our hometown faux free-marketeers.

10 posted on 04/23/2011 7:20:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: gusopol3

You misread what I wrote, Michelle was never mentioned. I’ll post it again so you can reread it. I took a swipe at the National Review, Romney and RINO’s.

National Review = Romney Campaign = RINO Rag


11 posted on 04/23/2011 7:20:03 AM PDT by o2bfree
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To: Servant of the Cross

This should be required reading for all who trumpet the Trumpster.


12 posted on 04/23/2011 7:20:40 AM PDT by PalmettoMason (It's easy being a menace to society when WAY OVER half the population is happy being sheep.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

The bright side is that after a rapist and a marxist, a ruthless property developer would be a step up.


13 posted on 04/23/2011 7:24:25 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: o2bfree

I’ll concur that NRO has some RINOish leanings among some of their writers. But would you throw Mark Steyn in that group?

My point is, Trump has used the jack boot of government to help his crony capitalist ends just like GE and GM and others do. Truth is truth, and it doesn’t matter whether NRO is among the many outlets that publicize it or not.

And what’s hilarious is that folks who are pro-Trump go around grousing about “RINO’s.” Trump’s only disqualification for Prez is that he is King Daddy RINO of all RINO’s.

I firmly believe that the shorter a period of time folks have been involved in politics, the more they misuse the word RINO.


14 posted on 04/23/2011 7:24:53 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Servant of the Cross
We covered this the other day. But somebody wants another bite at the apple I suppose.

Vera Coking offered to SELL her little home in what was then a crime ridden slum neighborhood for $1 million to the developer ~ BOB GUCCIONE.

I'm sure Michelle knows who he is.

It was Bob who had the idea for turning Vera's plot into a parking area for limousines.

Anyway, Vera beat Bob. Complained constantly about the construction noise (trying to keep Bob from exercising his own property rights, and his right to make money).

Finally he threw in the towel and abandoned the property leaving empty steel girders hanging in the air over Vera's "million dollar lot" ~

The Redevelopment Authority sought another developer to restart the job. They found Trump ~ and he agreed but with some changes. His organization said they needed a bigger site, more rooms, etc. and he doubled what was planned. That plan did not need Vera's lot. Anyway, Trump built his casino, hundreds of people got jobs, and life has moved on. Oh, yeah, Trump took down the steel that Bob had put up ~ it just didn't work.

Trump offered Vera $250,000 for her otherwise worthless lot. She refused. I guess she still thinks that after all the development that's taken place around her that her "rents by the hour" 3 story hovel of a hotel is still worth a million bucks.

Hmmm.

Did she say that was her home? Well, she's there, but there those people who come and go.

I dare the editors at National Review Online to stay at Vera's overnight, and take Michelle with you. Jus do it. Do it. Take your I-pads and do it!

The Redevelopment Authority went to court to go ahead and take Vera's lot ~ way back when Bob Guccione was still trying to redevelop this slum.

That's the case Vera won ~ that the Authority didn't have the power of Eminent Domain. The City does though, and considering the excess redevelopment costs Vera laid on the taxpayers of Atlantic City, they might do that anyway ~ and just strip her bare and nekkid (Eeeeekk!)

15 posted on 04/23/2011 7:25:45 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: cripplecreek
"He’ll never get my vote."

So, will you...
a) vote for OBozo or
b) stay home and watch OBozo win by the absence of GOP votes?

16 posted on 04/23/2011 7:25:56 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Servant of the Cross

I remember reading his book “The art of the deal” and fuming. He got his facts wrong. He blamed the Tax Reform Act of 1991 and its changes in real estate depreciation for his problems. The problem is that that act was passed in 1986.

Then he went on to trash those bankers who wouldn’t change the deal to his benefit when he couldn’t pay them what he owed. Imagine that. Bankers looking out for their depositors, stockholders, and the government’s money. Horrors.

He overextended himself, cheated on his wife, and then expected the banks to bail him out. The problem is that too many of them did, because they were too willing to get in on his schemes in the first place and had to cover their (_!_)’s.


17 posted on 04/23/2011 7:26:16 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: o2bfree

Trump isn’t as good as RINO Huck on social issues and isn’t as good a businessman as RINO Romney. If you want the worst of both worlds (Huck’s big brother populism and Mitt’s squishy social positions), then the Donald is your man.


18 posted on 04/23/2011 7:28:46 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: o2bfree

OK, but Michelle Malkin wrote the article;I haven’t been a big fan of NR for quite a while, but they were of historic importance in the cold war era.


19 posted on 04/23/2011 7:30:37 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: GunsareOK
We can do better than either Trump OR Mitt RINO.

Yes We Can!


20 posted on 04/23/2011 7:32:57 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Michelle Malkin is great; always liked her.

However, I'm disappointed that she joins other RINO’s in obfuscating the issue, which is obama’s eligibility, or lack thereof.

So what if Mr. Trump's not our man or is grandstanding or feeding his ego? He's demonstrating the guts to confront a real issue that virtually everyone, including you, Ms. Malkin, has sidestepped or been downright silent on.

I understand that it might embarrass you and others if we ever find out that your silence on the matter contributed Obama’s election and subsequent downfall of America over the past two years.

But if you don't mind, we'd like to get to the bottom of just what is going on here and see to it that it never happens again.

Finally, tea party folks are independent thinkers, and are quite capable of making up their own mind of who is or is not deserving of their support. Please don't treat them otherwise.

21 posted on 04/23/2011 7:34:21 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Sarah Palin is America's Margaret Thatcher)
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To: harpu

Whatever you say.

Trumpsuckers have Zero credibility.


22 posted on 04/23/2011 7:34:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Servant of the Cross

Trump talks a good game but that’s all it is to him, a game.
I like the way he attacks Obama, but he has given lots of money to the Dems and trashed Republicans. That’s not my kind of candidate. My kind of candidate is Sarah Palin.


23 posted on 04/23/2011 7:34:46 AM PDT by dfc1
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To: muawiyah
Trump … told Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto that he agreed with the ruling [Kelo] “100 percent” and defended the chilling power of government to kick people out of their homes and businesses based on arbitrary determinations.
24 posted on 04/23/2011 7:39:45 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

While I support Palin, my point is that Romney is worse than Trump. Romney has used the jack boot of government to implement a health care scheme where millions of people became a victim. Trump’s actions affected how many again? And Romney is a willing socialist who is completely blind to the damage he has caused. Which is worse? The health care scheme is far worse. At least Trump will admit that his actions affected various individuals ( a few, how many?) and he freely discusses the actions he took rationally with interviewers. Romney never enters the rational discussion with anyone.

Mark Steyn and Mark Levin are contributors to NRO, who are not to be grouped with the others.

I do not misuse the word RINO as you have implied. Rush and Levin have both noted how the National Review has gone downhill since the days of William Buckley. The content in the National Review at best provides a schizophrenic representation of conservativism.


25 posted on 04/23/2011 7:39:53 AM PDT by o2bfree
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To: Servant of the Cross

26 posted on 04/23/2011 7:42:38 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

This alone shows Trump to be an opportunist, not a principled conservative.


27 posted on 04/23/2011 7:43:10 AM PDT by GunsareOK
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To: o2bfree
The content in the National Review at best provides a schizophrenic representation of conservativism.

Only if you allow it to be so. That's a lazy broad brush that you are painting with. If articles by Malkin, McCarthy, Steyn, Levin, Hanson, Nordlinger .... are good conservative thought, you don't want them posted and discussed on FR merely because they are on NR? Got it.

28 posted on 04/23/2011 7:51:11 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

For some, apparently so. This is like Schwartzenegger v 2.0. Take someone with a lot of celebrity recognition and a reputation as a tough guy (even if in Arnold’s case it was a fantasy persona), and add in some tough talk (as in “don’t be economic girly men”) and it’s going to pull a certain segment of voters. We can see how that turned out for California.

It’s true that there’s a hunger for a candidate who’ll take an aggressive verbal fight straight into the heart of the MSM and Obama. If we had someone with the tough guy persona of, say, Chris Christie, and the proven conservative principles of, say, Michele Bachmann, we’d have a winner. Lacking that, which we are, The Donald’s going to gather up a head of steam.


29 posted on 04/23/2011 7:51:21 AM PDT by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: harpu

So sick of that nonsense. If conservative Republicans don’t put up the right candidate than yes we deserve the crap that we have now for four more years. Grow up.


30 posted on 04/23/2011 7:51:30 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: o2bfree

I will agree that NRO has gone downhill and that little boy Richie L has nowhere near the real world experience to run it. Folks in the know tell me that appointment was borne of WFBs heavy dope smoking in his waning years. Who knows?

I’ll disagree that Mitt is worse than Trump from a conservative point of view, but that’s a fair debate and they both raise red flags for me. I’m sure that will be part of the debate in the coming months.

My only point was that the eminent domain issue and Trump is a matter of history, and not opinion. Sure NRO may have ulterior motives, but that should not disqualify the info if it is correct. And here it is. BTW I support Cain but would vote for Palin (like you) or Trump or Mitt over a socialist idiot.


31 posted on 04/23/2011 8:02:01 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Servant of the Cross
All developers agree with KELO. Nothing new there.

If you lived in the middle of a slum and found you couldn't borrow to expand your landscape business you'd agree too.

Kelo is one of those cases that pit pro-business folks against small residential property owners. All the Court ruled was that in Connecticut the state's own laws allowed for the rationale being used to use eminent domain.

Most states have Constitutions that don't allow for that rationale. Kelo occurred AFTER the dispute between the ACRDA and Vera began. Interestingly enough the ACRDA/Vera dispute doesn't involve pitting a business against a residential property owner ~ Vera ran a business out of her small hotel ~ so this is business on business shenanigans. She asked too high a price.

Then there's Vera's behavior with respect to Bob Guccione's attempt to build his casino. He had the zoning. He had the property. He had the capital resources lined up. He was building and Vera began a campaign of harrassment and intimidation to force a halt to the construction. She succeeded.

When I got to that part in my research on this case I finally figured out that Bob Guccione didn't have as good a connection to the Mob as I'd always thought he had, or if he had a connection it was at too low a level. Vera had better connections or she wouldn't have been able to get platoons of Atlantic City "inspectors" sent out to the casino site.

It's all about the price. It's about the mob. It's about how they use the government.

Trump has far better connections than the small time bunco artists in Atlantic City it would appear so he was able to build around the problem. Vera didn't manage to get his construction work halted.

32 posted on 04/23/2011 8:07:13 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

excellent post - nice to see some facts around here


33 posted on 04/23/2011 8:16:07 AM PDT by Puddleglum (dance with the horse that brung ya)
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To: Puddleglum
Thankyou. It was a remarkably well-covered lawsuit ~ and went on a very long time.

The facts are that Vera is not a sympathetic character, and she was into this as a business owner who wanted an upfront chunk of the action (as in $1,000,000 payment for her slum property).

Vera proved her stones by getting Bob Guccione out of there. That deal sent chills up and down my spine ~ I knew then she wasn't exactly who she was portrayed as.

Trump used guile and wit to negate Vera's big win over the casino.

The eminent domain part of the deal is a sideshow of only minor interest. Doesn't matter what Trump thinks about Kelo ~ Fur Shur his own lawyers found out early on that the ACRDA didn't have legislative authorization for use of eminent domain. You can probably find that out in some of the earliest NYT stories about the ACRDA. This whole thing was supposed to be about the AC business community pushing back against the forces of evil and darkness and bringing jobs and the 21st century to Atlantic City.

Sometimes the forces of evil and darkness win ~ but for a short time only. Am I surprised that Michelle Malkin got caught with her knickers down on this one? No, not really. She, herself, in a book, has actually stated that she supported rounding up Japanese-American women, children and citizens in WWII ~

34 posted on 04/23/2011 8:25:39 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Doesn't matter what Trump thinks about Kelo

It does now that he is seeking the GOP nomination. It matters big-time.

35 posted on 04/23/2011 8:33:13 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Travis McGee
I’m glad Trump elevated the Obama birth issue, but that’s IT. He is NOT a conservative, at all, ever.

No but he is a businessman and he understands that the world runs on oil. Period. I don't hear that from anyone else. Not only is Trump saying drill here drill now he's saying take the oil! If a country can't manage their resources for peaceful purpose (like iran, iraq, libya etc.) why give them a rich income stream to foment their evil desires.

He believes the same thing about China. We helped them establish factories but do they pay a decent wage to their workers? No they (the chinese government) keep the majority of money and use it against us. Again Trump seems to be establishing a Doctrine that if you aren't going to use your wealth for peaceful purposes then we have every right to take it away from you.

Do I believe he's a conservative. No. On social issues he's a mess. But he is an American and believes in America first and believes I think that what's good for America is good for the rest of the world.

Do I believe he's the best candidate for the Republican's? Right now he is the only one who has gotten any exposure on the top priorities facing this nation. How is it we got a President who we don't even know is constitutionally qualified to be President? How long are we going to allow oil to rise?

Lastly all politicians are scum period. Donald Trump is less so.
36 posted on 04/23/2011 8:33:27 AM PDT by stig
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To: lonevoice
This is like Schwarzenegger v2.0.

So true!

37 posted on 04/23/2011 8:33:27 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

“Are we so starved for a strong courageous communicator who is happy to fight 0bama that we’ll jump on the first train that comes by, even if it is a carnival sideshow?”

Yup.

I WISH someone like Paul Ryan, Jim DeMint or Duncan Hunter could garner the nomination, but with the media attacks on people of that character, it doesn’t look likely. Trump is a flawed man, but he’d be better than 0bama.


38 posted on 04/23/2011 8:35:12 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: dirtboy
Do you know how complex Kelo is?

I thought not.

I'd be more interested in what Trump thinks of blue laser combs ~

39 posted on 04/23/2011 8:35:24 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Do you know how complex Kelo is? I thought not.

Go get stuffed. I am well aware of Kelo.

And I would recommend you read O'Connor's dissent and then still try to downplay it, Trumpette.

40 posted on 04/23/2011 8:39:11 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: stig
Trump is a businessman. He's also taken the measure of the Democrats and knows that to a man and woman they'll sell out for a cash bribe every single time.

Most Conservatives don't realize that about the Democrats and imagine that some of them may not be criminals ~ but they're wrong.

I'm not supporting Trump, but I'm not supporting "the Huck" either, or Palin or Bachman. On the other hand I think all these folks are on the right track, and stand head and shoulders over Obama or any of that same ilk.

I cannot support Mit because ~~~~~~ he's probably not a Natural Born Citizen.

41 posted on 04/23/2011 8:39:26 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
The facts are that Vera is not a sympathetic character, and she was into this as a business owner who wanted an upfront chunk of the action (as in $1,000,000 payment for her slum property).

I take it that you think it appropriate for government to swipe the SPECULATIVE VALUE of the property? If she was smart enough to buy slum land as an investment and hold it as a business, SHE DESERVES THE PROFIT.

Statists like you have destroyed a potential market in real estate options which would otherwise bundle parcels for large scale use, one that would make entry level housing far cheaper.

42 posted on 04/23/2011 8:40:25 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The power to manage "The Environment" is the power to control the entire economy.)
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To: muawiyah

Actually BOB GUCCIONE offered MS. Coking 1 million for the property. She turned him down. This is the opposite of what you said, that she offered to sell for 1 million.

Trump himself was very happy that Ms. Coking didn’t sell to Guccione as it allowed him to purchase the casino property for a much lower price.

When AC condemned the property and set it’s value at 251,000.00 Ms. Coking sued and won. Afterwards she offered to sell to Trump for 1.5 million. He refused.

Ms. Coking is a sympathetic character in that she was a small business owner who took on two very rich developers and won. A win for believers in private property everywhere.


43 posted on 04/23/2011 8:40:45 AM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: Impy; justiceseeker93

The more one learns about The Donald, the more one should become skeptical of him.


44 posted on 04/23/2011 8:41:29 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Servant of the Cross
He told Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto that he agreed with the ruling “100 percent” and defended the chilling power of government to kick people out of their homes and businesses based on arbitrary determinations:

Yeah, yeah, yeah. But when did he say that? Twenty, thirty years ago? Surely he doesn't believe that now. He's a changed man. He's one of us.

45 posted on 04/23/2011 8:44:03 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: muawiyah
Do I wish that Michelle had emphasized a stronger case for highlighting the lack of conservatism that exists within the Donald? Sure. They all add up though. His recent cozying up to Meghan McCain is pretty much conclusive, don't you think?
46 posted on 04/23/2011 8:46:36 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: dirtboy
I read through every opinion under Kelo. In Connecticut that was the state of the law. Elsewhere the law had already been brought up to date.

Was it your expectation that it was the job of the USSC to rewrite ancient state laws to bring them up current with the latest progressive thought on the matter?

BTW, I don't agree that the gub'mnt should be able to take one man's property to give to another man ~ Hamurrabi thought that worth the death penalty, and the Bible has passed along the same idea ~ King Josia (I believe) took a guy's vinyard for his own personal use.

However, we are dealing with a state that's one of the original colonies. The militia there did not put their lives on the line to use the government to steal property, but that's what's happened. The only question is DID THE PEOPLE OF CT FIX THE PROBLEM?

47 posted on 04/23/2011 8:47:30 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Servant of the Cross
Meghan has something his other dates didn't ~ MONEY ~ and lots of it. That little porker has more money coming her way than most cities will ever see collected in taxes.

One thing the Donald likes more than girls is money ~ count on it!

48 posted on 04/23/2011 8:49:23 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Puddleglum

Coveting Thy Neighbor’s Goods

The prime location of Vera Coking’s three-story house has attracted unwelcome interest before. In 1983, Bob Guccione tried to purchase the property for $1 million to construct a casino. Vera didn’t sell, so Guccione built a steel and concrete structure all around (even over) her home. When Guccione’s project failed, the land and its structural skeleton was purchased by Trump and razed. In the process of removing the frame, demolition crews started a fire on her rooftop, broke windows, removed her fire escape, and nearly destroyed the entire third story of her home by dropping concrete blocks through the roof. Now dwarfed by the giant 22-story Trump Plaza, Vera’s little home certainly stands in disrepair, but through no fault of her own. (Coking has since filed a lawsuit against the demolition company seeking compensation so she can repair the damage.)

On May 6, 1994, Vera Coking received a letter from CRDA stating that her property had been “appraised” at only $251,250 (nearly $750,000 less than her earlier offer). CRDA offered her that amount to acquire the property and notified her that she would have 30 days to accept or CRDA would institute suit in the Superior Court “to acquire your property through CRDA’s power of eminent domain.” In a May 24, 1994, letter, CRDA Executive Director Nicholas Amato stated in capital letters, “You may be required to move within 90 days after you receive this notice. If you remain in possession of the property after that time, CRDA may be able to have you and your belongings removed by the sheriff.” On July 28, 1994, Susan Ney, Director of Housing Development for CRDA “instructed CRDA’s counsel to commence condemnation proceedings in the Superior Court of New Jersey.”

Vera Coking opposed the condemnation in court, and while the case was pending, Trump continued with construction. The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino was completed; grass was put down on one side of Vera’s property and parking lots operate on the other sides. The only part of the project left is razing Vera’s house and two other buildings on the block. The final project included a new casino (even though Trump’s original plan did not.) In March 1995, the Atlantic County Superior Court ruled that CRDA could not fund projects with new casino space and, because CRDA couldn’t fund the project, it also couldn’t condemn Coking’s and her neighbors’ properties. On November 13, 1996, however, the Appellate Division reversed this decision and stated that the condemnation should go forward.

Vera Coking and her neighbors, who have been similarly mistreated, cannot believe the government can throw them out of their homes and businesses in order to give the property to Trump. Vera Coking explains, “This is my home. This is my castle.”

Vincent Sabatini lives on the same block as Vera. He and his wife own and operate Sabatini’s Italian Restaurant, a family business that put four kids through school. When asked about CRDA’s offer of $700,000 for their property-a figure that wouldn’t even cover the cost of legal fees and starting up a new restaurant-he exclaimed, “I’ve been here for 32 years, and they want to give it to Trump. I don’t want their money. If they left me alone, I’d be happy and sell a few spaghettis.”

Peter Banin and his brother own the third building on Vera’s block. A few months after they paid $500,000 to purchase the building for a gold shop, CRDA offered them $174,000 and told them to take the money and leave the property. A Russian immigrant, Banin says, “I knew they could do this in Russia, but not here. I would understand if they needed it for an airport runway, but for a casino?”

http://www.ij.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1003&Itemid=165


49 posted on 04/23/2011 8:52:01 AM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: free me
Bob is reported to have offered something far more appropriate for the value of the lot ~ which was $0 if something wasn't done to clean up and improve Atlantic City.

I once stayed in a house not far from this hotel. It was ON THE BEACH, on wooden piers, and it swayed in the wind. Stayed there a couple of days with friends and then we decided we weren't going to drown.

The articles I found report that she ASKED $1,000,000. If you can find a reference to her turning down $1,000,000 provide it. Trump offered her $250,000 which she turned down.

50 posted on 04/23/2011 8:53:59 AM PDT by muawiyah
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