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The private homes New London, Conn., took through eminent domain from Suzette Kelo and others, are torn down now, but Pfizer has just announced that it closing up shop at the research facility that led to the condemnation.
Leading drugmakers Pfizer and Wyeth have merged, and as a result, are trimming some jobs. That includes axing the 1,400 jobs at their sparkling new research & development facility in New London, and moving some across the river to Groton.
To lure those jobs to New London a decade ago, the local government promised to demolish the older residential neighborhood adjacent to the land Pfizer was buying for next-to-nothing. Suzette Kelo fought the taking to the Supreme Court, and lost, as five justices said this redvelopment met the constitutional hurdle of “public use.”
Ms. Kelo and many others lost their home, but the land is still undeveloped. Now Pfizer is abandoning the city altogether.
Shapley wrote:If Pfizer wanted the land cleared, Pfizer should have bought the land and cleared it. Then, Pfizer would be paying taxes on the land, plant or no plant (although the taxes on an empty lot are significantly less than they are on occupied property). Likely as not, Pfizer will donate the new plant building to the city at some point, removing themselves from all tax liability and stripping the city of all tax income from the deal.
This is why you should elect honest and moral people at all levels of government.
Selma in Sandy Eggo wrote:I think we have a consensus. Sounds like the whole group is inclined not to favor confirmation of Ms. Miers, mostly on grounds of lack of experience as a judge. Nobody seems offended by her nomination so much as disappointed that President Bush couldn't come up with somebody better. He should definitely be encouraged to look again. Firmly encouraged.
I want the Supreme Court staffed with smart, experienced judges with a strong background in constitutional law and a consistent record of evaluating cases for conformance with the constitution.
In 1995 and 1996, future Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was involved in a bizarre controversy in which the Clinton White House was accused of siding with an eco-terrorist group locked in a standoff with federal agents deep in the woods of Oregon. The incident led to an investigation by House Republicans, who concluded that a staffer on the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) tipped off the environmental radicals to impending action by U.S. Forest Service law enforcement agents -- a leak that Forest Service officials believed endangered the lives of their agents on the ground.
Kagan, at the time an associate White House counsel, had no role in leaking the feds' plans to the radicals, but House Committee on Natural Resources investigators concluded she shirked her responsibility by not searching for the source of the leak or pushing for punishment of the leaker.
"Nothing was ever done by Elena Kagan to learn the details about the leaks, or to identify the leaker and ensure that proper punishment occurred," the committee's 1999 report concluded. In fact, investigators found evidence suggesting that Kagan, in internal White House discussions, defended the alleged leaker.
The New York Times received permission on Tuesday from Hunter College High School in Manhattan, Elena Kagan’s alma mater, to observe a constitutional law class there taught by her brother Irving. We thought it would be intriguing to watch the give and take between Mr. Kagan, who is known as a passionate and interactive educator, and his students on his first day back after witnessing his sister’s nomination in Washington.
Mr. Kagan, who is also a Hunter alumnus, did not have a problem with the idea, a school spokeswoman said, but she added that all media requests now had to be given final approval by the White House. The times were tentatively set: there was either an 8:52 a.m. class or a 9:36 a.m. class on Wednesday. “I thought it would have been great,” said the spokeswoman, Meredith Halpern.
But when presented with the idea, the White House balked.
Joshua Earnest, a White House spokesman, said that the administration was “uncomfortable with the idea at this time.”
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