Washington President Toye keeps a copy of the United States Constitution in his pocket, unfortunately he only uses it to his own convenience.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Now if one were to read only that, they would assume, much like the United States Supreme Court wrongly assumed that this gives government to take property for public use as it sees fit. What is being widely ignored here is that the assumption has always been that eminent domain be used for roads. The reason that is the case is because Section 8 Article 1 of the United States Constitution gives congress permission to build roads. What it does not do is give congress permission to build reservoirs. Because the United States Constitution tells congress to build roads, it has a duty and responsibility to build and oversee those roads, thus eminent domain applies. Where in the constitution does it give anybody permission to take property for personal use of officials?
Why should any of us care about this since, after all, the location they want to build this reservoir is called ‘Poverty Point’. Doesn’t sound too good to me to keep it like it is, right? But whether those people in poverty point are rich or poor is irrelevant. It’s still their property. I can tell you that I have seen how building a reservoir has helped the residents of another Louisiana Parish. Delhi, La certainly is flourishing with the incredible amounts of new business flooding the streets. With all the benefits that this lake is creating, you’d think the state would fix Hwy 580 around the corner from this wonderful reservoir that leads out to Alsatia, La.
Perhaps Toye Taylor would be more than happy to have his own personal property used first for eminent domain? Why not take Toye Taylor’s personal home? Shouldn’t a new elementary school be built on his property? Isn’t giving children a much better education more valuable to the economic development of Bogalusa than say, a reservoir?
But here’s the real bottom line to all this, immediately after Hurricane Katrina, we all saw how inept the state was at protecting it’s citizens from flooding. I can’t see anybody trusting Louisiana Politicians building any type of lake around their homes.
And one more question, exactly how is this economic development? The only evidence one really can see how this would benefit the citizens of Washington Parish is there was a disaster involving the reservoir and then Toye Taylor can join in Kathleen Blanco’s cry-fest about how George Bush failed the citizens of the Louisiana by not giving us enough money. Maybe the Toye’s want to emulate the Landrieu’s and his children will blame a future President for the failures of their father