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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Reason TV’s look at urban renewal, 60 years later

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - When the Supreme Court upheld the seizure of private property in the 'Kelo' decision so that the city could sell it to another private owner, conservatives were rightly outraged over what they saw as an abuse of eminent domain.  Unfortunately, as some on the Right pointed out, the high court had a significant amount of precedent for 'Kelo' — decades of it, in fact, as Reason TV demonstrates in an excellent look at the urban renewal movement.  As with 'Kelo', cities seized land from private owners only to hand it off to other private owners in an attempt to eliminate “slums,” thanks to a federal law that gave breathtaking new powers to government over private property:


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