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    Tag: Public Good

    Justice Young

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 08:38:31 AM EST
    Tags: Public Good, Public Use, Justice, Michigan, Supreme Court, Bob Young (all tags)

    Justice Bob Young.

    Listening to him this morning on the radio reminds me of why I have never been more sure he is the right man for the position he holds.  A Constitutional judge who sees the law as more of a static, not to be bent by whim or "empathy".  He described the president's claim that empathy has a place in the court, as wrong.  He has pointed out he has had to face down 'feelings' in favor of rulings based on the State constitution.

    He also mentioned an issue I have talked about before.  Wayne v Hathcock.  'Public GOOD' v 'Public Use' a case which overturned Poletown, and the empathy argument for 'good'.

    Bob Young A solid constitutional Justice I hope is around for a very long time.

    Comments >>

    We All Live In Poletown.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 29, 2010 at 10:19:36 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, MEDC, Political favors, Corruption, Public Good, Public Use, Waste, Fraud (all tags)

    Anyone who has read my work here, or at MTTM on a regular basis, might have an understanding I am not a big fan of the MEDC, or for that matter, of any government funded operation that has as a matter of its business model, a mandate to give away tax payer dollars.  I disagree with any particular favoritism by government, and any funding from government towards private business entities that essentially picks winners out of a basket of marketplace entries.

    The reasons I disagree with these methods of "spurring economic growth" are many, but essentially, a direct credit or payment to a business for it to settle in a particular location is "Taking" from others who pay the dues (taxation) and giving to another without any benefit to the payers, and in some instances working directly against their best interests..

    There are "Public use" vs. "Public good" arguments that look at government's practice of taking.  The 5th amendment: "Private property shall not be taken for a public use, without just compensation", addresses a reasonable goal of keeping citizens whole when it becomes necessary to use what they own for the common use of the citizens.  And in a smaller way, the taxes we pay, are presumably for the necessary operation of government services, which we also presumably benefit from "equally."

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