Saturday, June 24, 2006


Question: Why was this in the Friday news?

Executive Order: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People: "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby ordered as follows:
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."

Maybe there is a large contingent of backers of the SCOTUS decision that were quiet during the uproar. If so, the President would try to slip this past them, I suppose. I can see land developers being ticked about it, but they will find out. The rest of us love this. As I have mentioned before, emminent domain is a double-sided issue. It is unfair in certain instances, and then in others it seems the only way to get neighborhoods back in shape and thriving again. My overall is what seems the majority felt after the ruling, which is that we should protect private property ownership over other interests. That is why it seems strange that they wouldn't highlight this Order.

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