Thursday, July 07, 2005

What goes around, comes around...

From "Advocates for Self-Government"

Supreme Court Justice’s Home to Be Seized?
Talk about poetic justice!

On Monday, June 27, real estate developer Logan Darrow Clements contacted the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire and stated he wanted to build a hotel on land located at 34 Cilley Hill Road.

Not at all coincidentally, this is the current location of the home of... Justice David. H. Souter.

Justice Souter was one of five justices who supported the outrageous "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision. That decision allows city governments to use eminent domain to take land from one private owner and give it to another, if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.

Following that logic with wonderful precision, Clements says the Towne of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits by replacing Mr. Souter’s home with the proposed hotel.

As Clements wrote the town government:“Although this property is owned by an individual, David H. Souter, a recent Supreme Court decision, "Kelo vs. City of New London" clears the way for this land to be taken by the Government of Weare through eminent domain and given to my LLC for the purposes of building a hotel. The justification for such an eminent domain action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare.”

Souter’s home appraises at a bit over $100,000. As the Boston Herald editorial board noted, with more than a touch of glee:“With Souter paying a mere $3,000 a year in property taxes, surely a little development would be good for the town's tax base.”

HERE IS THE BEST PART:

The town government reports that it has received numerous emails from across America enthusiastically supporting the hotel and urging the seizure of Souter’s land. Clements’ hotel is to be called "The Lost Liberty Hotel." It will feature the "Just Desserts CafĂ©" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Every guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."

Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land, because “it is a unique site, being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.”

"This is not a prank," Clements says. "The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development. … We will build a hotel there if investors come forward, definitely.”

Clements plans to raise investment capital from wealthy pro-liberty investors. He is being flooded with supportive emails. And he hopes that regular customers of the hotel might include libertarian organizations, who could hold meetings there.

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