An unsigned letter regarding my column this week on the Supreme Court helping to stamp out private property rights:
Sounds like you’ve been to law school and know all the ins and outs of the facts in this issue, so we’ll bow to your opinion instead of people who have decades more of a legal education than you do.
You don’t need to have a law degree to spot a cow flop. When it comes to what could eventually be the ruination of this country, history may record that it was caused by people with an impressive “legal education.”
What will be interesting is if somebody uses this “who will put the most tax money into the public trough gets the property because it’s in the ‘public good’” ruling against the government.
I outlined it briefly in the column, but what if I’m a developer and want to construct a strip mall over some federal office building somewhere? The Supreme Court has set the precedent as to the “public good” is whoever will pay the most taxes. Well, my mall would certainly pay more into the system via taxes than the federal building, which is taxes.
What would happen in the case of Me v. Uncle Sam? We’d spend day one presenting opening arguments to the Court, and then on the way home my brakes would fail and I’d go over a cliff. Ralph Nader would then have a fresh crusade against the safety record of the auto industry, and everybody would forget about the case.