This Is How Property Rights Die

Over on his Facebook page, Sen. Mark Obenshain has a devastating critique of the condemnor lobby and its cavalier attitude toward property rights.

Obenshain’s bill to place strong property rights protections into the state constitution narrowly failed in the Senate’s Privileges and Elections committee yesterday. Voting to kill the bill were: Senators Howell, Deeds, Whipple, Edwards, McEachin, Petersen, Barker and Northam.

In the case of Sen. Deeds, he’s given Bob McDonnell a powerful campaign issue should the Senator survive the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

As for the others…I suppose the arguments (and financial support) of the condemnor lobby are more vital than the right to private property.

And who, exactly, came out against stronger property rights protections? Why, these fine folks, including local governments, realtors, homebuilders, chambers of commerce, gas and electric companies, redevelopment authorities, phone companies, the hospitality industry, the retail merchants and let’s not forget the planners.

Well it is nice to see rent seekers from all corners of the commonwealth agreeing on something.

And it also brings to mind this old tid-bit from the post-Kelo days:

[A reader] was at a meeting with several officials among whom was the city manager of New London, Connecticut — of Kelo fame. Apparently, the city manager has as a screen saver on his laptop the phrase, “su casa es mi casa.”

Your house is my house.

The mindset is alive and well in Virginia.