From the Thomas Report:
ARROGANCE PERSONIFIED: "We don't need to follow the rules" is what the government seems to think, even if they are rules given them by the president. "Today, Roger Marzulla, General Counsel for Defenders of Property Rights, testified before Members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution, telling them that over $1 billion worth of private property takings by the federal government has occurred over that last ten years. 'Federal agencies are simply not complying with their obligations under the Takings Executive Order, which is designed to protect individual constitutional liberties in property while protecting the public first,' said Mr. Marzulla. 'In a report issued today by Defenders of Property Rights, we conclude that widespread noncompliance with the Takings Executive Order has resulted in a massive violation of constitutionally guaranteed property rights, subjecting the federal government to liability for $1 billion or more.' Mr. Marzulla served as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice under former Attorney General Edwin Meese III. In 1988, he spearheaded the Reagan administration's initiative that resulted in Executive Order 12,630. The Executive Order was designed to avoid where possible the destruction of constitutionally protected property rights by federal agencies by requiring that a takings impact assessment (TIA) be performed prior to any federal action that implicated private property rights." I guess when you don't want to obey, you simply see to it that the rules are not enforced. By the way: have you seen anything about th9is in the mainstream media? (Source: Defenders of Property Rights, 10/16/2003) [Posted 11/4/2003]
What's even worse is that municipalities and counties are the worst offenders. I've been hearing a lot lately of them using the "eminent domain" rule to arbitrarily take property from people to use as they please. It all comes down to tax dollars. If a developer wants to put a shopping mall where your house is, all he has to do is convince the city that he can pay more taxes than you do. And "voila!", your property is condemned so they can tear down your house.