Friday, September 5, 2014

HELL FREEZES OVER: Tim Walberg Does Something That Actually Makes Sense!

The Club for Growth acolyte from Michigan's 7th District has an op-ed in the Washington Post on his bill to crack down on cops seizing your property through civil forfeiture.
With civil forfeiture, the police take your stuff based on their suspicion you bought it using money obtained illegally, such as from drug sales. You have to prove your innocence to get your stuff back -- guilty until proven innocent. Abuses are rampant, with many local governments using civil forfeiture as a cash cow that allows them to fund their operations without taxing the people who elect them.
Now, if he expands the bill to outlaw those nab-the-tourists speed traps (another huge local government funding source) he'll be onto something!

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