Sunday, June 26, 2005

Can I have your house if I promise to pay more in taxes?

If collecting more in taxes is a sufficient "public use" to justify eminent domain proceedings, can we start auctioning off houses we like? If I have friends in the local government, can't I just promise to pay a few more dollars in taxes and have them condemn that house I've always admired. After all, they've never been willing to sell it before. And now we won't have to worry about whether they want to sell.

How convenient!!! A few small campaign contributions and a few more dollars for taxes and I can start picking out my new house. No more of those bothersome negotiations with the seller.


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