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University As Government

…or THE TRIUMPH OF ACADEMIA

 

TRUSTEES: “WE DIDN’T BUILD THAT! THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS THE GOVERNMENT SEIZING YOUR PROPERTY.

If necessary, Ball State University will exercise its eminent domain power to seize a building housing a copy center/printing business on which it plans to build a $25-million hotel, conference center, restaurants and dormitory for hospitality and food management students.

Public comments by Ball State Trustees on the above-linked article:

 “The school needs to educate students, no doubt about that,” trustee Frank Hancock, a BSU graduate, said. “But I also see this as an economic engine that will drive revitalization of The Village. That’s why the mayor and any business person should be supportive. Developers will develop once somebody breaks the ice. Nobody wants to be first.”

Hancock owns Sport Graphics in Indianapolis, a firm providing design, signage, production, installation, distribution, printing and web development services. He founded it in 1986 as a commercial printing company.

“I’m not in his (Hiatt’s) shoes, but I’ve walked in them,” Hancock said. “I think at the end of the day it will be a better situation for him. My business flourished when I … moved from an alley to the Pan Am Building. The perception was completely different. Same people, same machinery, two blocks away. I was seen differently by people.”

Trustee Matt Momper, president of Fort Wayne-based Momper Insulation, recalled his family business was condemned years ago for Headwaters Park/Ice Arena.

“My dad said this was good for the community. … The stronger Fort Wayne is the stronger our business will be. The city came with a fair offer and it worked out good. It promoted the growth of Fort Wayne and started the revitalization of downtown. It was the best move we ever made.

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‘Nobody wants to be first’????  Really??? Trump, Ford, Edison, Gates, Zuckerberg – None of them wanted to be first?
The ridiculous irony in the trustees’  statements is that these guys are touting their fantastic business acumen, talking about what ‘smart moves’ they made, and telling a small business man to just relax and let the government (the state university) take his property!
By Jove! That’s the answer! The government seizing private property, the more the better, is the 21st Century solution to all our toils and troubles! We’ll all be rich!  Or…..something.


“I think at the end of the day it will be a better situation for him.” 

As the late Jim Jones, of Guyana fame, said to the people, “Just take the medicine, children.”

This whole case, which has been brewing for several months,  is developing into an object lesson on not only the expansion of government, the definition of government and the appetite of government, but also the incredible, unbelievable ease with which some “businessmen” will sell their souls, and encourage other businessmen to do the same.  What a good lesson to teach the students they plan on educating in that space in the hospitality arts, presumably the future entrepreneurs of America : “If you build it, we can come and take it!”

To see these people stand there and parrot the Obama “You didn’t build that!” theme,  more or less saying    “If it hadn’t been for the government coming in and seizing our properties, we would have been miserable failures.” is just jaw-droppingly mind-boggling and pathetic.

 

First, they came for the printshop owners..

 

What now becomes the question is whether all other public schools also have the power of eminent domain.  Can  a public kindergarten seize Mrs. Nelson’s cottage and turn it into a playground?  Can Texas A&M seize the King Ranch and turn it into a working laboratory for animal husbandry, generating millions in quick profit while they’re at it?  With government, all things are possible.  With the expanded definition of government, the possibilities are infinite.

 

Government of the people  …by The University…for The University.


 

bobmontgomery
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  1. Bob, we’re having the same situation here. A repair business in a location for over 40yrs is being forced out because the City Of Norfolk wants to enable Old Dominion University to expand. Ever since the terrible ruling (Kelo v City of New London) by the Supreme Court, many localities are going after small businesses to benefit the city just to get higher tax revenue and/or benefit a bigger business. As cities enter into public/private partnerships, we’ll see more of this.

    Virginia has a state Constitutional Amendment on the Nov. ballot to stop this kind of abuse of eminent domain.

  1. Bob, we’re having the same situation here. A repair business in a location for over 40yrs is being forced out because the City Of Norfolk wants to enable Old Dominion University to expand. Ever since the terrible ruling (Kelo v City of New London) by the Supreme Court, many localities are going after small businesses to benefit the city just to get higher tax revenue and/or benefit a bigger business. As cities enter into public/private partnerships, we’ll see more of this.

    Virginia has a state Constitutional Amendment on the Nov. ballot to stop this kind of abuse of eminent domain.

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