Monday, February 27, 2006

Nice Move 

Speaking of eminent domain (and sorry to link to FoxNews, but...) it looks like an SC-based bank, operating in 11 states, is refusing to loan money to developers who use eminent domain to seize property.
"One of the most basic rights of every citizen is to keep what they own," said BB&T [Bank] Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Allison, a noted libertarian. "As an institution dedicated to helping our clients achieve economic success and financial security, we won't help any entity or company that would undermine that mission and threaten the hard-earned American dream of property ownership."
This is putting your politics where your wallet is, or vice versa. And, note the "noted libertarian" reference above. A perfect example of why empowering the third parties in this country is necessary, and will give them room to create creative solutions that satisfy a wider political spectrum.

For example -- I'm sure that John Allison's reasons are actually quite fiscally conservative, but they're also socially libertarian. That alone is a combo that would probably attract 60% of the voters -- if they were given real choices. "Leave our wallets and our homes alone."

Compare that with the mainstream version: "We'll steal your wallets and your homes, but pretend we're not doing one of them -- while doing nothing to stop it, and blaming the other party for it. And so we end up with both, anyway."

Kudos to BB&T Bank, though. We need more companies to cater to the interests of their customers. Maybe, when the companies realize that the kind of good PR this sort of thing brings is priceless, then they'll realize that doing the public good in the guise of business is good for business.

If only that would lead to a huge multinational or three insisting on nationally televised debates including all the candidates -- lest said multinational funding be withdrawn.

I won't hold my breath for that one, though.

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