MCDERMOTT'S VIEW OF PROPERTY RIGHTS
“The House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday [November 3, 2005] to block the Supreme Court-approved seizure of private property for use by developers. The bill, passed 376-38, would withhold federal money from state and local governments that use powers of eminent domain to force businesses and homeowners to give up property for commercial uses. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling in June, recognized the power of local governments to seize property needed for private development projects that generate tax revenue. Critics of the decision said it was an abuse of the Fifth Amendment's ‘takings clause,’ which provides for the taking of private property, with fair compensation, for public use.”
Congress acted wisely in seeking to impede the Supreme Court’s view of eminent domain and property rights. Only 38 congressmen stood opposed to the critics of the Supreme Court decision. Among them? You guessed it - Jim McDermott of Seattle.
An alternative view, supportive of property rights, is put forward by Steve Beren. His campaign platform states:
"I favor limited but effective government. I support continued economic growth through reliance on the power of our free enterprise, private property system. Let's put an end to eminent domain abuse and other judicial attacks on property rights. We need to promote government reform, and reduce the role of lobbyists, by limiting the role of Federal government to its constitutional duties. Let the American people keep more of our hard-earned money, and let local communities have more say in deciding local government policies."
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