Category: Private Property Rights

History Lessons for the Architects of the New US-Cuba Policy

The self-employment Cuba allows consists of work permits to provide services in 205 subsistence activities, such as repairing umbrellas and peeling fruits. Its participants are mostly individuals born after 1959 with no living memories of political freedoms. So, on what grounds do supporters of the new U.S. policy formulate change championed by the newly self-employed Continue reading

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Texas Attorney General Intervenes in Red River Land Dispute with the Feds

What’s at stake is the very sovereignty of the State of Texas itself. Without the ability to have its boundaries recognized and protected, the state cannot exist for long since there’s no telling where and when the encroachment will end if the BLM is allowed such a land grab of a state’s sovereign boundaries. Continue reading

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Funds Yanked: Congress Puts Brakes on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Conservative think tanks are stepping up their efforts to educate the public about the abuses of civil asset forfeiture and demand lawmakers fight to protect Americans’ fundamental rights from wrongful seizure. The presumption of innocence seems nowhere to be found, when it comes to civil asset forfeiture. The modern use of civil asset forfeiture is rife with abuse and fraught with violations of citizens’ fourth amendment constitutional rights. The recent congressional action to defund the federal program only lasts through 2016, so expect both sides to be ready for battle in 2017. Continue reading

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Waters of the State: Texas-Federal Government Equally Disrespect Private Property Rights

Wrongful confiscation of private property is an abuse of our fundamental rights to private property, regardless of whether it’s taken by federal or state government, or even worse, by a private developer exploiting state government power. Without the protection of property rights, there is no true economic prosperity. Our founders knew it, which is why they fought and died to protect it. Americans shouldn’t have to undergo another revolution to preserve it. Continue reading

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Baltimore: The Line Between Civilization and Barbarism in America

If society decays, nothing else is safe, least of all property rights and personal security. While the police have to be given whatever they need to hold the line against the barbarians, the nature of the society being protected must also be strengthened and extended to drive back the menace at its source. Continue reading

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Texas High Speed Rail Collides with Private Property Rights

Texas Rail Advocates and two student leaders from Sam Houston University favor the project and spoke against the bill. Even when reminded that this bill only addresses the use of eminent domain by a private company and wasn’t a general prohibition on high speed rail, opponents maintained their position. Texas Central Railway (TCR) acknowledged that without eminent domain, it could deep six the project. TCR could still seek eminent domain authority from the federal government, but Senator Lois Kolkhorst was adamant that the State of Texas, where property rights are held… Continue reading

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Free speech – a dying right

Despite the fact that it is considered an exemplar of democracy throughout the world, the United States is dealing with many issues which seem to increasingly restrict its citizens’ freedoms. One of these is free speech. Can the U.S., a country in the throes of extreme political correctness, still think of itself as a bastion of free speech protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution, or is it now only allowed to listen to a few biased opinions of people who fit into the mold of what a 21st century citizen should be like?

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Libertarians Can’t Leave Their Love of Toll Roads

It is bewildering that so many on the right, particularly normally fiscally prudent libertarians, continue to advocate for toll roads. In fact, some are even criticizing conservatives who oppose them. Terri Hall, founder of the group TURF (Texans United for Reform and Freedom), found herself under fire by a libertarian magazine in August. Reason’s Robert Poole wrote an article labeling Hall and those who oppose toll roads as “right-wing populists.” He was worried that Hall has been effective ginning up opposition to toll roads, both in her home state of Texas as well as influencing a prominent article that recently ran in The Weekly Standard.

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Proposed Blacklands Tollway Near Dallas, Texas Fuels Public Distrust

The people have spoken and their will is clear – they do NOT want the proposed private Blackland Tollway-Northeast Gateway Corridor through Rockwall to Greenville counties in east Dallas. A record capacity crowd of nearly 1,500 showed up to get their opposition to the controversial toll project on the record. Landowners and concerned citizens voiced their opinions to the Texas Turnpike Corporation (TTC) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) at a public meeting held in Rockwall that lasted until after midnight.

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Texas Railroad Commission seeks to close eminent domain loophole, but critics say rule too vague

Ultimately, it’s crucial that the state has some mechanism in place to review whether or not private pipeline companies meet the legal requirements as a common carrier public use pipeline prior to eminent domain authority being conferred.

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The Closing of the Presidential Mind – Part 3: Unveiled Ignorance – ObamaCare and its Roots

President Barack Obama’s most famous policy initiative has proved to be, arguably, his most divisive and politically damaging. ObamaCare has become at once his calling card for a high rating from liberal historians and a political albatross. As the impracticality of the system has met with the reality of consumers’ everyday needs, the administration has been forced to change the rules governing the nation’s health-care system seemingly every day. The legality of these edicts has been questionable at best; they ensure that the health-care sector, one-sixth of the nation’s economy, is governed by the daily caprice of the nation’s chief executive.

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Feds threaten to take 90,000 acres along Texas-Oklahoma border

‘Come and Take It’ has been the cry of Texans for generations since the battle at Gonzales in 1835 when the Mexican army tried to retrieve its cannon from defiant Texans, and the recent interest by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to take over 90,000 acres of private Texas land along the Red River has stirred the battle cry once again.

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Nevada Cattle Rancher Standoff Far More Complex than Simple Lawbreaking

Cliven Bundy claims that he inherited “pre-emptive grazing rights’ on federal land because his ancestors kept cattle in the Virgin Valley since 1877, before the Department of the Interior was created. However, by continuing to graze his livestock on federal land for over 20 years after he stopped paying fees in 1993, Bundy may have acquired “prescriptive rights;”

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EPA-style state regulatory taking benefits private developer in Texas Hill Country

Terrell Graham and his wife’s family have owned their ranch in the Texas Hill Country for over 100 years. It’s remained a working farm and cattle ranch, and now Texas state government is stealing their land so private developers can discharge treated sewage from 1,500 new homes into the Lux family’s dry creek bed.

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De Blasio: From the Synagogues of Nicaragua to the Synagogues of New York

The Democratic nominee for Mayor of New York City, the city with the largest Jewish population in the country, was a strong supporter of a Marxist regime that ethnically cleansed its Jewish population, conducting a reign of terror that included informants, arrests, expulsion and attacks on a synagogue. And he did this not before the truth about Nicaragua was known, but long after it was known.

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Reagan Democrats, Texas and Globalization

Since Barack Obama won a second term, much has been said about how the GOP needs to reach out to a broader group and be more tolerant in order to win another national election. In Texas, all eyes are on Democrat Senator Wendy Davis to see whether she will formally throw her hat in the ring to run for Texas Governor later this month. She’s energized her party over her high-profile filibuster of a bill to restrict abortion that won her national attention and made her an instant household name in the Lone Star State. Politicos have been pondering whether Texas will turn blue ever since.

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NAFTA superhighway underway in South Texas

While there’s been much political angling and wrangling over whether or not the famed legacy project of Texas Governor Rick Perry, the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC), is dead or alive, the evidence points to it being alive and well and back underway throughout Texas. The Trans-Texas Corridor is the Texas portion of the NAFTA Superhighway Trade Corridor and Toll Road System.

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Texas legislature kills pro-property rights bills

A slate of pro-property rights bills died in the 83rd regular session of the Texas legislature that ended on Memorial Day. Texas politicians love to tout their property rights credentials at election time, but when lawmakers are in session, they’ve yet to give meaningful protection to landowners in several key areas when it comes time to cast a vote.

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Texas lawmakers vote to sell-off state roads to private corporations

The Texas House joined the Senate in voting for SB 1730 to hand 20 Texas highways to private corporations in controversial contracts called public-private partnerships (P3s) or comprehensive development agreements (CDAs), despite public opposition.

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TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline: Under Cover of Darkness

We still don’t know the answer to that question, but a critical segment of the Keystone XL Pipeline is mighty close to conclusion. The map segment referred to as the “Gulf Coast Project” is nearly complete, as a finite pipeline capable of carrying Canadian oil sands from Hardisty, Alberta to Nederland, Texas.

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Cuba behind the wheel: Fulton Armstrong & Co.

The infiltration and manipulation of United States intelligence and policy circles by Communist dictatorships has a long, tangled and often embarrassing history.

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Virginia One of 44 States to Restrict Government’s Arbitrary Taking of Private Property

On November 6, 2012, voters in Virginia said they’d had enough of government seizing private property for questionable purposes, as 74% voted to approve a ballot initiative limiting eminent domain.

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Common Carrier Trumps Texas Quick Take: GOING FORWARD WITH TRANSCANADA’S REQUEST FOR ‘WRIT OF POSSESSION’

On September 24, 2012, Judge Tom Rugg’s Jefferson County Court at Law in Beaumont, Texas told TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline Company that under the ‘quick take’ provision of the law it was cleared to enter upon the lands of Texas Rice Land Partners, but that Keystone’s Surety Bond “remains questionable,” and that Keystone’s position as a “common carrier” is yet to be decided in a separate court case.

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Texas Landowners Object to Transcanada-Austin Collusion in Eminent Domain Condemnation

“Eminent Domain,” the right of government to take private property, has hit Midwest landowners from North Dakota’s Canadian boundary, to Texas’ Gulf Coast, and they are mad as hell.

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Eminent Domain Abuse: Norfolk Style

Eminent Domain is not a noxious disease, but can often be devastating and even fatal to the victim.

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Dallas Inland Port Road on Fast Track Ahead of Panama Canal Expansion

Texas officials and transportation industry leaders gathered in Irving recently for the annual Texas Transportation Summit to examine how to move people and goods faster.

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Texans Oust Pro-Toll Incumbents to Elect Pro-Taxpayer, Pro-Property Rights Senators

Anti-toll groups, celebrated medical doctor Donna Campbell’s victory over pro-toll, 40-year incumbent State Senator Jeff Wentworth in Texas Senate District 25 at her victory party in New Braunfels, TX, July 31.

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Texans Battle for Clarity on Use of Eminent Domain by Private Pipeline Companies

“Why is it my responsibility as a Texas landowner to make a foreign corporation prove it has legally obtained the power of eminent domain in Texas?” asked Julia Trigg Crawford, a farmer in East Texas locked in a legal fight with Canadian company TransCanada…

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The UN’s Measure of a Nation – and America’s Political Complicity

United Nations Economist Howard S. Friedman, Masters in Statistics, and a PhD. in Biomedics from Johns Hopkins, declares “Income Inequality is America’s biggest challenge.”

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Supreme Court Hits Home Run on Property Rights

There’s been lots of good news for landowners in recent weeks. First, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of an Idaho couple, Michael and Chantell Sackett, to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that’s designated their home site in an established residential neighborhood as federal wetlands.

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Texas Delivers Victory for Property Rights in Keystone Pipeline Fight

Julia Trigg Crawford’s fight to prevent TransCanada from seizing her property by using the state’s coercive power of eminent domain scored a big win late last Friday, when an appellate court reinstated her temporary restraining order (TRO).

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Defeat of Proposition 4

Texas voters said a resounding ‘NO’ to expanding Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Transportation Reinvestment Zone (TRZ) authority to Lone Star State counties by defeating Proposition 4 on November 8.

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Eminent Domain

Since the egregious U.S. Supreme Court Kelo vs. City of New London ruling of 2005, Americans have turned to their state legislatures to remedy the practice of government abuse of private property rights for private gain, especially for economic development purposes.

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Great Property Tax Heist

Voters thought they sent a message to politicians of all political stripes last November – we’re fed-up with out-of-control taxation, debt, spending, and big government and politicians who proceed on that course do so at their own peril.

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