This is brilliant. Last week, the Supreme Court trampled the 5th Amendment, saying cities can confiscate private property if it leads to more tax revenue. In other words, anything the government wants to confiscate, it can, as long as it has a slick marketing campaign.
So today, developer Logan Darrow Clements filed a request to the town of Weare, New Hampshire, asking to build a hotel at 34 Cilley Hill Road. The new hotel will generate more taxes and economic benefits than the house that’s currently located there, which happens to be owned by Justice Souter. For now, anyway.
The proposed development, called “The Lost Liberty Hotel” will feature the “Just Desserts CafÃ©” and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.”
Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.
“This is not a prank” said Clements, “The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development.”
Since this law was found to be constitutional, I think confiscating a Supreme Court Justice’s home is a good place to start. Brilliant idea.