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July 1, 2005



PAUL GIGOT: Winners and losers, picks and pans. Tony or Tacky, our way of calling attention to the best and the worst of the week. The Supreme Court ruled this week that local governments could seize private property for the benefit of the community. It wasn't long before someone suggested this modest New Hampshire farmhouse should be the first seizure. It belongs to Justice David Souter, who voted with the majority in the Supreme Court ruling. Rob?

ROB POLLOCK: Well, that's a big tony, Paul, to a clever fellow named Clements. And look, I haven't seen any Supreme Court case in recent years that has galvanized opposition across the political spectrum in the way that Kelo has. And why? Well, because although it was the so-called "liberal" majority on the court that was the backbone in this case, you'd think that liberals more than anybody would be outraged about the thought of appropriations and politically connected developers exploiting the power of government to abuse the little guy. And so here comes this guy Clements saying, okay, Souter, you think it's okay to take private property? Well, what if it's your home? And what's particularly interesting about his proposal are the names involved. He wants to build something called the Lost Liberty Hotel, and especially delicious, he wants it to contain the Just Deserts Café.

PAUL GIGOT: I think a lot of people in Washington are surprised by the populist reaction to this decision. They revolt against it. Thanks, Rob.

And finally, on this July fourth weekend, celebrating our independence, Dan Henninger has a Tony and a suggestion. Dan?

DAN HENNINGER: Well, the tony is triggered by the news that the Army for the month of June met its recruiting goals after a period of a dip. The idea was that the war was deterring people from joining. And that seems not to have been the case. I was struck by the president's speech at Fort Bragg when he said he thought it would be a good idea if we all found a way to do something to think about the soldiers this Fourth of July. You know, I've always thought that was a terrific idea. I mean, amidst our burgers and the fireworks and the beach and all that, you've got to keep in mind that it's about Independence Day and that the independence is based on the fact that there are these men and women in places like Afghanistan and Iraq who are not celebrating a Fourth of July the way we are, and to just take 10 seconds of silence to think about them, I think, would be a nice thing to do.