"Prop 98 is the real thing" Paul Jacob, Common Sense

Juice readers. By now you should have received your 24 page Primary Election Ballot for the Tuesday, June 3, 2008 election that contains material on competing property rights Propositions 98 and 99 Constitutional Amendments.

While you surely know where I stand on these two initiatives let me suggest reading the following commentary and going to the (below) referenced web site and listen to the two minute audio from Paul Jacob.

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A Tale of Two Propositions

April 30, 2008

Beware of enemies of property rights bearing pallid imitations of the real thing.

Californians face an alternative on the upcoming June ballot: protect their private property, or expose it to the continued attack of politicians and private entities seeking easy ill-gotten gain.

Proposition 98 is the real thing. It would outlaw taking private property for private use. It defines “just compensation” in detail so that persons who lose property to a public use have a better chance of being fairly compensated. It would enable the original owner of a property to buy it back if it was grabbed under false pretenses. And Prop 98 also phases out rent control.

All this is spelled out in California’s official ballot summary. But opponents complained about the official title — “Government Acquisition, Regulation of Private Property” — saying it doesn’t mention the ban on rent control. Which is, however, clearly stated in the summary. In any case, the courts have rebuffed this attempt to undermine the measure.

Opponents prefer Proposition 99 , a much more limited measure. It states that eminent domain may not be abused to steal an “owner-occupied residence.” So Prop 99 basically sanctions the state’s grabbing of small businesses — or any property for any purpose at all if you happen not to live there.

Sorry, 99. But you’re not the right choice for real advocates of property rights.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

As always you are welcome to share your views on this very critical ballot choice.
Larry Gilbert, Orange County Chairman, Prop 98 campaign

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