Showing posts with label eminent domain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eminent domain. Show all posts

A. Barton Hinkle: Donald Trump’s Authoritarian Fantasies

Trump asks voters to "believe me."     But why should they? Has America ever seen a more authoritarian presidential candidate than Donald Trump? Not since FDR—who seized coal mines and department stores, dictated wages and prices, and even weighed whether he should decree when Americans could eat meat. But at least FDR had a   ... MORE

Cruz Makes Play for Libertarian Voters. Is Anybody Game?

by David Boaz.       As he moved from evangelical Iowa to fiscally conservative New Hampshire, Sen. Ted Cruz didn't waste a minute in changing his tune. In his Iowa victory speech Cruz gave a shout-out to libertarians, who are thick on the ground in New Hampshire. He declared, "That old Reagan coalition is coming back together, ...     ... MORE

Theft-by-Government Continues Through Eminent Domain

by A. Barton Hinkle.      Three years ago Virginia residents passed a constitutional amendment to limit legalized theft through eminent-domain abuse. The amendment required that property be taken only for a genuinely public purpose. No longer could governments take one person's land and give it to somebody else for economic development.   ... MORE

Trump Tramples Conservative Belief In Property Rights

a Washington Examiner editorial.     Margaret Thatcher, when she was British Prime Minister, used a simple formula to describe the economic freedoms due to a properly free people: "A man's right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state as servant and not as master." This was, in her view, "the British inheritance."  ... MORE

Thomas Sowell: Do Emotions Trump Facts?

More hope and change may be coming.    Those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational can sometimes have a hard time trying to explain what is going on in politics. It is still a puzzle to me how millions of patriotic Americans could have voted in 2008 for a man who for 20 years — TWENTY YEARS — was a follower of a preacher who  ... MORE

Taxpayers And Property Rights Win In Rams Move To LA

by Raymond J Nhan.      Eminent domain and public funded statia. Recent news of the Los Angeles Rams is a win-win-win for the NFL and taxpayers in Los Angeles and St. Louis. Though citizens of the Gateway City may feel differently right now, they just avoided a massive waste of taxpayer funds and a series of eminent domain abuses. And the   ... MORE

Damon Root: Donald Trump Vs. Clarence Thomas

Trump loves Kelo. Justice Thomas does not.    Speaking before a crowd in South Carolina this weekend, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump spoke out about his least and most favorite Supreme Court justices. As the Associated Press reports, Trump attacked Chief Justice John Roberts "while praising Associate Justice Clarence Thomas   ... MORE

John Stossel: My Trump Problem

Using government as a weapon.  Sometimes I like Donald Trump. He makes me laugh when he mocks reporters' stupid questions. Sometimes he's smart. When Maryland's lefty governor said a tax on rich people would "raise revenue," Trump told me why it wouldn't. The taxpayers would just flee: "I know these people! They're international people!     ... MORE

Eminent Domain: A Million Homes Taken Since Kelo

by Mark A. Calabria, CATO.    It has been just over a decade since the Supreme Court decided in Kelo v. New London that local governments can take private property by eminent domain under a very broad reading of “public use”.  Cato held an event earlier this year to examine the legal impact of Kelo, featuring remarks from George Mason Law     ... MORE

Republican Party Realizes It Has A Donald Trump Problem

by Peter Suderman.   Wait a minute—is Donald Trump actually going to win the Republican presidential nomination? All throughout the summer, critics (including me) dismissed Trump as a novelty item—amusing for a moments, but thoroughly disposable and certain to be disposed of. But now it’s the end of October, and Trump is still leading the GOP    ... MORE

Eminent Domain Trumps Your Property Rights

by Daniel John Sobieski.      In the ready, shoot, aim world of Donald Trump, the adage that a bell cannot be unrung undeniably applies and particularly with his statement that eminent domain, the government’s taking of private property for what Marxists and socialists would call “the greater good”, is “wonderful”. He has since, in Clintonian      ... MORE

Trump Thinks Kelo-Style Eminent Domain Is 'Wonderful'

by Matt Welch.   The Donald is used to crushing the little guy. Tonight Donald Trump was asked by Fox News anchor Bret Baier, "What do you think of eminent domain?" Here was the GOP frontrunner's answer: I think eminent domain is wonderful, if you're building a highway, and you need to build, as an example, a highway, and you're going to be       ... MORE

Robert Verbruggen: Donald Trump And Eminent Domain

A brief history.       In a free market, there’s a pretty simple process for dealing with the situation that arises when one person covets another’s belongings: The coveter makes an offer to purchase them. If the offer is rebuffed, the coveter can make a new proposal, but he cannot simply take what he wants. It’s an effective way of recognizing the         ... MORE

Donald Trump Has No Respect For Property Rights

by Patrick Holland.    Since his entrance into the crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump’s campaign has caught fire. He is polling above 20 percent, nearly double the support of his closest rival, Ben Carson, and energizing conservatives who believe his brash personality and business experience could transform    ... MORE