From the July 2005 Idaho Observer:
U.S. high court expands eminent domain power
Ruling ironically paves way to justice’s home being claimed for higher public purpose
WEARE, New Hampshire—In Kelo v. City of New London, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a city government may take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government believes the new owner’s use will generate more tax revenue or other benefits for the community under new ownership.
The June 23, 2005 decision sparked such national outrage that, by June 27, California developer Logan Darrow Clements announced his intention to present plans to the five-man Weare city council for the construction of the Lost Liberty Hotel on the property owned by U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter—one of the assenting votes.
Souter reportedly loves the $100,000 residence and property because it’s so peaceful there. But, he only paid $2,895 in property taxes in 2004. Upon completion, the Lost Liberty Hotel would be paying much more in property and other business and operating taxes, plus provide the local work force with new employment opportunities. It will also expand the marketplace for local food and beverage vendors.
"This is not a prank" said Clements, who said the Lost Liberty Hotel must be built on the Souter site because it’s the home of someone important who contributed to the destruction of property rights in America.
Clements plans for the hotel to have the "Just Desserts Cafe" with a permanent museum exhibit on the lost freedoms in America. Another feature of the proposed Lost Liberty Hotel would be for each guest to be provided with a copy of Ayn Rand’s famous novel "Atlas Shrugged."
The concept was an immediate hit in America and people are already making reservations.
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