Actually, Susette Kelo’s homee was never really lost. Not as such. In actual fact it was taken from her. Taken from her by government and given to private developers. So were her neighbours’ homes.
NZ’s Productivity Commission would like to see our government have power to take your home. They’d like the power for our government to take private property and give it to Len Brown.
Susette Kelo tells her story. Take careful note. If the so-called Productivity Commission have their way, it might become yours.
No U.S. Supreme Court decision in the modern era has been so quickly and widely reviled as the infamous Kelo decision,—decided ten years ago this week—in which the Court ruled that Susette Kelo’s little pink house in New London, Connecticut, and the homes of her neighbors could be taken by the government and given over to a private developer based on the mere prospect that the new use for their property could generate more taxes or jobs.
In this 2009 address at the catoinstitute in Washington, D.C., Susette Kelo tells the tale of how she struggled to save her home, taking on the City of New London, a cast of characters too evil to be believed, and, ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case that was followed by thousands and sparked a revolutionary change in state law across the country—except in the case’s home state.