Nancy Pelosi, on the Kelo decision:
It is a decision of the Supreme Court. If Congress wants to change it, it will require legislation of a level of a constitutional amendment. So this is almost as if God has spoken. It’s an elementary discussion now. They have made the decision.
The Supreme Court is not the end-all, be-all of what is legal or not in this country. Does no one remember anything from their basic civics class? If the Supreme Court can willy-nilly declare whatever they like unconstitutional or constitutional, where is the system of “checks and balances” we all learned about? Yes, the Court is to act as a check and balance on the other two branches, but likewise, the executive and legislative branches act as checks and balances on the Supreme Court.
There shouldn’t have to be a constitutional amendment on the part of the legislature to overturn Kelo, Ms. Pelosi, because the Court’s decision is unconstitutional and wrong. It’s right there in Amendment number five of the Bill of Rights. New corporate structures to provide increased tax revenue fails to qualify in every way, shape, or form of the “public good” in the eyes of the Founding Fathers.posted on July 6, 2005 2:55 PM