Eminent domain is the legal justification by which the government can seize private properrty. I’ve always hated the idea, but I must admit that it’s occasionally necessary, provided it’s done rarely, there’s fair market value compensation, and it’s only done in cases where the land will be used to serve a public purpose.
Unfortunately, the latest Supreme Court ruling on the subject is really bad news. They’ve ruled that it’s ok for the government to sieze private property from individuals so it can be given to private businesses that will develop the land in ways that supposedly provides more tax revenue to the government. If you think that sounds self-serving and ripe for abuse, then I’m sure there are a bunch of brand new former homeowners in Connecticut who’d agree wholeheartedly.
So now, apparently, the only justification the government needs to take away your house and land is that the
government wants more money. Have you ever met a government that didn’t
want more money? Me neither.