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Donald Trump Explains Why Eminent Domain is Awesome

Needless to say, I don’t agree with Donald Trump on this particular issue, but it isn’t as if his position comes as a particular surprise. Donald Trump has been bulldozing trailer parks for years in an effort to build his chain of luxury hotels, altering skylines and flying his name across the landscape. It’s just that someone finally asked.

Donald Trump really likes eminent domain, even when it’s a private organization doing the taking at the behest of the government. And he’d like you to like it, too. 

Trump’s position on this makes sense: he’s a real estate developer. But it’s also worth noting that Trump’s position on this is to support a policy that rarely makes anyting better. As with the property in question in the Supreme Court case, Kelo v. New London, the government isn’t always in the best position to determine which economic activity would make an area more vibrant. As a result, as with Kelo, it can sometimes make things worse. New London is an empty lot. Trump helped bring back Atlantic City for a time, but the area is suffering now, perhaps more so than before he go there.


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