Can the Government Take Your Property? Why the “Takings Clause” Matters

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “Take That!” Helen Krieble warns listeners to be wary of government officials trying to take their private property away: A Massachusetts couple are second generation owners of a small motel which they own free and clear. But the federal government decided it wanted the property and showed up with law enforcement agents to announce that they were going to confiscate it. No compensation was offered and no public interest identified. They were just going to sell