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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

FIRST KELO, NOW CONGRESS: The Supreme Court's Kelo vs. City of New London decision makes a mockery of the Fifth Amendment's provision that the government shall not take private land for public use without just compensation. Kelo authorized the taking of 15 residences for the "greater good," namely the interests of a private corporation. Thanks to our federal system of checks and balances, there's hope to redress the Kelo injustice. "Congress must create legislation that centers on restoring the right to autonomous use of one's property," says Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Cal.), one of the most ardent congressional proponents of Jefferson's view that "The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property, and in their management." Go, Pombo!