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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Which party respects Private Property and the rights of the Common Man?

Tom "The Hammer" Delay (aka Goebbels to all you Lefties out there) is calling for removing federal funding from any project which exploits the recent Kelo decision to kick poor people out of their homes.

The ranking Dems oppose the idea...

Legislators Move to Blunt Eminent Domain Ruling
By Mike Allen and Charles Babington
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, June 30, 2005; 2:36 PM

Key leaders of both parties in both chambers of Congress vowed today to use the power of the purse to negate this week's Supreme Court ruling allowing local and state governments to use eminent domain to take private property for economic development purposes.

Bills introduced in the House and Senate would yank federal funds from any city or state project that forced people to sell their property to make way for a project like a hotel or strip mall.

The 5-to-4 Supreme Court decision on Monday, the last day of the term, has sparked an immediate and visceral backlash among conservatives. The response on Capitol Hill was unusual for its speed and bipartisan support, and for the biting language the lawmakers used to criticize the high court.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) said the planned intervention by Congress is part of a broad effort to "assert the responsibility and the authority of the Congress to be a check on the judiciary.
(They talk about ranking dem's also supporting the bills, and it's true that John Conyers and two other dems are co-sponsors of Sensenbrenner's bill. But the house Leadership (aka Nancy Pelosi) is against it.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at an earlier news conference that "very central in that Constitution is the separation of powers."

"When you withhold funds from enforcing a decision of the Supreme Court, you are in fact nullifying a decision of the Supreme Court," Pelosi said. "This is in violation of the respect of separation of powers in our Constitution -- church and state as well. Sometimes the Republicans have a problem with that, as well."

In opposing a Republican amendment about the issue today, Rep. David Obey (Wis.), ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said on the floor today that the decision was "nutty" but that the solution is legislation or a constitutional amendment, not punitive measures.

I s'pose someone whose district includes million dollar homes probably doesn't have much experience with eminent domain (or sympathy for the poor that are affected by it). As I've commented on before, it's not like the Left has a long history for protecting property rights. The Left's most influential ideology dating back to the 19th century viewed private property as the main cause for society's ills and sought to turn property over to "the people."

BTW, what does this decision have to do with Church & State? Is that just a red herring? Or does she view the court room as the Church? Just curious as to what the heck she's smokin...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler