U.S. Supreme Court rules local governments may seize homes and businesses for private economic development.I am SO not kidding. I have no response to this, words fail me.
Even scarier, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eminent_domain
In the United States, the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution requires that just compensation be paid when the power of eminent domain is used, and requires that "public purpose" of the property be demonstrated. Over the years the definition of "public purpose" has expanded to include economic development plans which use eminent domain seizures to enable commercial development for the purpose of generating more tax revenue for the local government. Critics contend (http://reclaimdemocracy.org/civil_rights/public_use_corporate_abuse.php) this perverts the intent of eminent domain law and tramples personal property rights.