Dennis Putnam dap1 at bellsouth.net
Fri May 11 07:07:33 MDT 2018

Terrible. It wouldn't surprise me if he lost the election to Sanders, if
he can even get nominated.

On 5/10/2018 3:41 PM, Tom Matiska wrote:
> Feb 2016...... this will certainly derail his nomination .....  
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> Carl Spitzer <cwsiv at juno.com> wrote:
>> Donald Trump really did try to take an elderly widow's house for a
>> limousine parking lot
>> By Timothy B. Leetim at vox.com 
>> Feb 7, 2016
>> Donald Trump really did try to take an elderly widow's house for a
>> limousine parking lot tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email 
>> One of the testiest exchanges in last night's Republican presidential
>> debate came when Jeb Bush accused Donald Trump of trying to take the
>> home of an elderly woman to make room for a limousine parking lot in
>> Atlantic City.
>> Trump denied that he'd taken the property, but he defended the use of
>> the legal power known as eminent domain to take property. "Eminent
>> domain is an absolute necessity for a country," he said. "Without it,
>> you wouldn't have roads, you wouldn't have hospitals, you wouldn't have
>> anything."
>> Bush is right about this. Trump really did try to take an elderly
>> woman's home in the 1990s to make more room to park limousines next door
>> to his casino in Atlantic City — though the woman ultimately won in
>> court. And while it's sometimes necessary for government to take private
>> property for a road or post office, the abuse of eminent domain for
>> purely private purposes was — and still is — a serious problem.
>> When the government uses eminent domain to take property, the US
>> Constitution requires that it be for "public use." Traditionally, this
>> was interpreted to mean a government-run facility, or at least a
>> regulated public utility like a railroad. However, since the 1950s, the
>> courts have allowed takings if they serve a "public purpose" — and they
>> have given local governments a lot of discretion to decide what
>> constitutes a public purpose.
>> As a result, it has become routine for cities to take private property
> >from one private party and give it to another. This often leads to local
>> government taking the homes of working-class people to make room for
>> big-box stores, corporate headquarters, or luxury condos.
>> Trump's battle with Atlantic City resident Vera Coking in the 1990s is
>> the ultimate example of this kind of Robin-Hood-in-reverse development
>> scheme. Coking had lived in her home since the 1960s, and had turned
>> down another developer's $1 million offer for her house in the 1980s.
>> In the mid-1990s, Trump tried to persuade her to sell her home to make
>> room for a parking lot for the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, which was
>> located next door. When she refused, Trump got Atlantic City's Casino
>> Reinvestment Development Authority to threaten to take the property
>> using eminent domain. If she'd accepted the offer, she would have gotten
>> $250,000 — a quarter of the price she was offered a decade earlier.
>> Instead, she turned to a libertarian law firm called the Institute for
>> Justice, which fought the city in court. Ultimately, the courts sided
>> with Coking, ruling that the vagueness of the city's plans made it
>> impossible for the courts to determine if the taking would serve a
>> public purpose.
>> But not everyone in Coking's situation has been so lucky. A few years
>> after Coking's victory, the city of New London, Connecticut, sought to
>> demolish a working-class neighborhood to make room for a new Pfizer
>> research facility. One of the property owners, Susette Kelo, fought the
>> taking all the way to the Supreme Court, where a 5-4 majority ruled for
>> the city in 2005.
>> Beyond the basic unfairness of taking ordinary peoples' homes for the
>> benefit of the rich and powerful, there are a couple of specific
>> problems with the use of eminent domain for private use. While the law
>> requires property owners to get "just compensation," cities are often
>> able to pay property owners much less than the actual market value for
>> their properties. Many property owners simply can't afford to challenge
>> compensation amounts in court.
>> Second, while developers like Donald Trump benefit greatly from the use
>> of eminent domain for private projects, the benefits to the general
>> public are less clear. In New London, for example, Pfizer decided to
>> leave the city in 2009, just four years after the Supreme Court's
>> ruling. The ultimate result: A working-class residential neighborhood
>> was transformed into an empty field, reducing New London's already
>> meager tax base.
>> Donald Trump is right that eminent domain is often necessary for public
>> projects like parks, bridges, or schools. But for purely private
>> projects, it would be better to require wealthy developers to purchase
>> land at market rates.
>> https://www.vox.com/2016/2/7/10931176/donald-trump-eminent-domain
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