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Friday, July 01, 2005

The usual crowd

The House passed a resolution expressing "grave disapproval" of the recent Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London which said that local governments could use eminent domain to take property, even for private development. The vote was 365 in favor, 33 against, with 18 presents and 17 not voting. The yeas were your usual crowd--Tom DeLay, Dennis Kucinich, James Sensenbrenner, Cynthia McKinney, Katherine Harris, John Conyers, etc. Strangely, 32 or the 33 nays were Democrats, including my own Rep. John Dingell. Also strangely, the libertarian anti-war Republican Ron Paul of Texas voted "present." Not so strangely, minority leader Nancy Pelosi once again demonstrated her dynamic leadership by not voting.

I guess I'll have to try harder, maybe by writing Dingell a letter, to find any justification for supporting the Supremes' decision in this case. (I guess I could read the majority opinion from the Court, but I don't think I want to work THAT hard!) The only argument I can come up with so far for supporting the decision is that DeLay opposes it, so there must be something right with it.