Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Latest Voice of Reason is Online

You can download the latest issue of our newsletter, The Voice of Reason, today. We mailed thousands of newsletters in the 90's when we were challenging the 1996 Florida Keys Comprehensive Plan. We didn't like it then and we don't like it today, so we decided to resume publishing a newsletter.

There was a reason the drafters of the United States Constitution wanted a bill of individual rights in 1789. The first 10 Amendments -- the Bill of Rights -- were intended to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority. Majority rule was presumed to lead to problems, and Alexander Hamilton and James Madison wrote extensively on the issue. Read The Federalist Papers, particularly Federalist 9 (Hamilton) and 10 (Madison), on "faction."

In the current issue of The Voice of Reason, we offer to create a web-based database that will reveal the governments' below fair-market-value offers for unbuildable property. Currently those offers are government "secrets," and nobody can obtain copies of these offers with public document requests. But nothing stops landowners from making their offers public.

Now we need to develop a strategy retroactively obtain supplemental compensation for former landowners who were paid only a fraction of what their property was worth. This may perturb homevoters and planners, but there is nothing in the Constitution that protects the government from such claims.

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