‘Wetlands’ ruling a defeat for property rights

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate One might have hoped for a little clarity when the Supreme Court addressed the question of just how expansive is the Army Corps of Engineers’ regulatory power over “wetlands” under the 1972 Clean Water Act. Instead we got an intellectual and legal muddle that is likely to encourage further overregulation and expensive […]

Federal agencies should back off land regulation

Freedom Newspapers Samuel Alito, the newest justice, sat in for the first time last week as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two important cases that could do much to define the regulatory reach of the federal government and the priority given to private property rights. The cases could tell us a great […]

Federal government abusing its powers

by Walter Williams Last week, Washington Post columnist George Will penned a column “Despotism in New London.” In it, he described how Connecticut’s Supreme Court, by a 4-to-3 ruling, allowed the New London Development Corp. to use laws of eminent domain to condemn much of the city’s Fort Trumbull neighborhood, near a $270 million Pfizer […]