Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Ghosts of Kelo

So, New London, Connecticut made a decision to deprive Susette Kelo and others of their property for the immense public benefit of a new Pfizer research facility promising “jobs”.

Now Pfizer is closing up shop; the promised facility was never built, and New London is left with a wasteland and a justly deserved reputation as a city run by idiots, eager to swipe the property of the poor and sell it to the rich.

Of course, the city's selling it's residents property rights for a mess of pottage was immensely harmful to Ms. Kelo and others. The message – that if a corporation isn't willing to pay market rates for property, and is relying on government officials to steal it for them, it's not likely to live up to it's end of the bargain – is likely lost on politicians everywhere.

Hey, New London! The world's not laughing with you, we're laughing at you!