Q: A strong economy depends upon preserving the right to freely own, use and transfer real pr

A: I am a strong Conservative Constitutionalist. Government is by the people and for the people, and people's rights are paramount in most situations. I understand that in some very limited cases, the government may have to invoke Imminent Domain. For example, they might need to widen a road to include sidewalks for pedestrians and need to incorporate some private property to do that.


However, I do not believe the government should invoke Eminent Domain to confiscate a large swath of private property and then sell it to a developer (e.g., a mall.) I would see Eminent Domain being used in an extremely limited fashion and only after careful study. Of course, the property owners must also be fairly compensated for the land and any loss of facilities or homes.

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