That’s what I keep hearing in the eminent domain matter. "Yes, but the state’s not taking the property, they’re paying market value for it."
Yea, right, tell that to Kelo and her co-plaintiffs in the New London case that went all the way to the Supremes. In addition to receiving only year 2000 market value as payment for their homes, the city will also offset that amount by 5 years of back rent they claim is owed for the period of time from the original eminent domain action all while the case was working its way through the state’s own marvelously efficient court and legal system. If the owners had rented their homes out during that time, the city is seeking to take all of that money, too. In many cases, owners will get zero for their homes and will be pursued for additional claims by the city.
Here’s a good writeup on the matter by McQ. One owner will end up "owing" over $300,000, and the lead plaintiff, Kelo, will "owe" $57,000.
This is what happens when you take on the state, especially when you’re right and everyone knows it, making them look so awful. I mean, would you not just hate to be the children of one of these New London creatures? Imagine having to live with such monstrous humanoids for parents?
I won’t be surprised if actual violence befalls any of the city officials involved. It’s amazing to me that such risk apparently wasn’t enough to deter them from this latest outrage. Well, I suppose they weighed that possibility against the benefit of probably never again seeing a real challenge mounted to the use of eminent domain.
The message is clear: challenge the state peacefully, and if you lose, in the state’s own court system, you will sorely regret your rebellion. And if we can manage it, you will lose everything you’ve ever worked for in your life.
Just shut up and be Good Germans, all of you.
Update: Kyle Bennett reminds us of Carl Drega, below. Ever heard of him? Do you know the whole story?