June 01, 2005

Gail Kopplin is a communist dupe!

Query: How can George Bush ever hope to sell America on the "Ownership Society" when most people seem to think they own everything already?

These insufferable collectivists are everywhere. Even Nebraska, where State Senator Gail Kopplin tried to get a 'tax incentive bill' (LB500) passed so he could lure Cabela's to build in his district. The bill would have had the force of eminent domain, allowing fat cat developers to grab private property to use to enrich themselves without getting the owner's permission.

This links to a cache of a discussion of how such a travesty came to pass just down the river from here, and I quote:
"'Eminent domain was a very bitter pill to swallow for everybody, including us,' said Don Denny, a Wyandotte County spokesman. 'But it was a necessity to get this project moving forward that has transformed the community.'

County officials say the speedway and 'Village West' -- the adjoining 400-acre development that includes Cabela's and Nebraska Furniture Mart -- have reinvigorated the local economy, created thousands of new jobs and poured millions of new tax dollars into local coffers.

They say that never could have happened if Wyandotte County hadn't had the power to seize private properties to make way for projects that produce more tax revenue.

Officials in Kansas point to the speedway and a new Target Distribution Center in Topeka as successful examples of the use of eminent domain for economic development.

'They bring large numbers of jobs and tax dollars to the state,' said Kim Gulley, a spokeswoman for the League of Kansas Municipalities. League members are expected to approve their support for eminent domain at a statewide meeting Tuesday. "
Eminent domain is a term from the day when Americans were subjects of a king. With no king, its meaning has been corrupted to imply collective property rights, an idea abhorrent to free people. The chowderheads that think the end justifies the means are either communists or fools. Or both.

Brutus1 at Omaha Oracle has the equally satisfying Corporate Welfare take on the same scenario here.

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