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Saturday, June 24, 2006


So just the other day during this camping trip the Bolivian land re-distribution subject came up. I had to speak up and explain the Kelo decision to my friends. Private property rights are, well, sacred - or should be in any free country and it's incredibly important to keep those rights sacred or you lose all credibility as a government entity. In Zimbabwe they were telling me the govt is asking white farmers to return to the land as the "new owners" aren't farming and lack of food is pending. Well, surprise, surprise, white farmers have no interest in going back, investing time, investing money only to have no guarantee at all that the land won't be taken again.
So - try to explain Kelo as a good American. It can't be done without total disgust and disappointment in your tone of voice.

So yesterday Matt Drudge picked up the story of the Executive Order direct from the President protecting private property rights in this country. It's a HUGE thing. (see below) There will be no takings of private property from the Fed. Govt. for a new and better looking housing development.

What I don't get, is why is this not front page news??? I know, I know, it's only has to do with Federal Govt takings and usually it's the local govts who take, but still........
Instapundit linked,
Bidinotto celebrated, The Washington Post has it on A5. I guess it bugged me enough to think this is HUGE. Just try explaining it to foreigners and then get back to me or start blogging!

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 23, 2006

Executive Order: Protecting the Property Rights of the American People

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the rights of the American people against the taking of their private property, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken.

Sec. 2. Implementation. (a) The Attorney General shall:

(i) issue instructions to the heads of departments and agencies to implement the policy set forth in section 1 of this order; and

(ii) monitor takings by departments and agencies for compliance with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order.

(b) Heads of departments and agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law:

(i) comply with instructions issued under subsection (a)(i); and

(ii) provide to the Attorney General such information as the Attorney General determines necessary to carry out subsection (a)(ii).

Sec. 3. Specific Exclusions. Nothing in this order shall be construed to prohibit a taking of private property by the Federal Government, that otherwise complies with applicable law, for the purpose of:

(a) public ownership or exclusive use of the property by the public, such as for a public medical facility, roadway, park, forest, governmental office building, or military reservation;

(b) projects designated for public, common carrier, public transportation, or public utility use, including those for which a fee is assessed, that serve the general public and are subject to regulation by a governmental entity;

c) conveying the property to a nongovernmental entity, such as a telecommunications or transportation common carrier, that makes the property available for use by the general public as of right;

(d) preventing or mitigating a harmful use of land that constitutes a threat to public health, safety, or the environment;

(e) acquiring abandoned property;

(f) quieting title to real property;

(g) acquiring ownership or use by a public utility;

(h) facilitating the disposal or exchange of Federal property; or

(i) meeting military, law enforcement, public safety, public transportation, or public health emergencies.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) authority granted by law to a department or agency or the head thereof; or

(ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budget, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(c) This order shall be implemented in a manner consistent with Executive Order 12630 of March 15, 1988.

(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.



June 23, 2006.