- Sep 20, 2005
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Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.
Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoremans Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nations most modern highway straight into the heart of America. The Mexican trucks will cross border in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new SENTRI system. The first customs stop will be a Mexican customs office in Kansas City, their new Smart Port complex, a facility being built for Mexico at a cost of $3 million to the U.S. taxpayers in Kansas City.
"Why are we undertaking a project which, if finished in fifty years, will be obsolete, with no studies as to the modes of transportation we'll actually be using at that time? Why are we trying to fund private, massive profits for foreign corporations, paid for by tolls that are charged to the public, on roads that will be tolled forever?
"The reason is not science, technology, traffic congestion, or public need. The reason is generating profit for private companies. Texas lacks the money to finance such a project, and no thinking taxpayer would willingly fund it. TxDOT claims and concedes that Texas lacks the resources, the tools, to fund the estimated 184 billion dollars the project will supposedly cost. The vast majority of the toll money collected will end up in the pockets of foreign corporations.
"Why does Texas lack the money for highways and public transit development, and rail? Why are communities pitted against each other, fighting for scarce federal highway dollars generated by our gas tax dollars?
"The answer: Texas leaders want to fuel private schemes proposed by their big donors and can only justify wasteful private companies reaping huge profits at our expense, charging Texas drivers tolls to pay for private profits if they have an expensive proposal and no money to find it. It's a perfect storm of circumstances, since we Texans donate nearly ten cents of every gas tax dollar from Texas to the rest of the country. Now, TxDOT can rightly claim that Texas is underfinanced for our transporation dollars, giving statewide elected officials a convenient excuse to turn to private financing. The lack of public money has been used to justify a boondoggle project to utilize private industry, to be repaid with money out of the pockets of ordinary Texans.
"My opponent voted for PL 109-59 which left Texas taxpayers as net donors to the rest of the country, funding Alaskan bridges to nowhere, giving Alaskans 1500 dollars per person in transportation money, while Texans received 36 dollars, ranking 49th overall. The same law championed by my opponent also tolls projects in express lanes, tolls on HOV faciltities, and tolls on highways, bridges, and tunnels on our interstate highway system.
"The TTC toll system will not be traditional tolling to pay for the road. Drivers will be automatically billed monthly and their bill payments will forever benefit the private companies profiting from construction and concessions. Communities will be split like an apple cleaved through, and trucks won't need to stop outside the corridor since rest stops and restaurants and the like are all planned inside the zone.
"Texas can't afford it, so the government has sold us down the river to pay tolls and give up our land and fork over existing freeways to the biggest land grab, corrupt privatization scheme and taxpayer ripoff in history," Radnofsky continued.
"In fifty plus years, TTC construction will be reportedly still underway with 2006 era toll-way plans, as mass transit and energy technology prepare for the 22nd century."
Consider the following facts: The Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreement (SPP) is an Agreement which launches a process to merge the United States with Mexico and Canada into (initially) one economic free-trade area. This so-called North American Union (NAU) would ultimately have a common border and would result from the merger of Mexico, Canada and the United States.
The NAU would create and facilitate an unobstructed movement of commerce, capital and people among the aforementioned former sovereign nations. The NAU would likely have a common currency, like the Euro.
President George W. Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin have already signed this SPP Agreement in Waco, Texas on March 23, 2005. The SPP Agreement is currently being implemented without the knowledge or participation of the vast majority of the American people.
The Security and Prosperity Partnership is the culmination of a long-term project of the prestigious Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) founded in 1921. Prior to the signing of the SPP Agreement on March 23, 2005 by the Presidents of the three major North American countries, the CFR issued a Media Release (on March 14, 2005).
The Media Release stated that the findings and recommendations of the CFR were that a "North American Economic and Security Community" should be built by 2010. As planned by CFR, this community would have "an outer security perimeter" which would achieve "the freer flow of people within North America." The document spells out an "integrated" strategy to achieve an "open border for the movement of goods and people" in which "trade, capital and people flow freely."
The NAU would facilitate a "seamless North American market" allowing, for example, Mexican trucks "unlimited access" to the United States (see below). It would also allow for "totalization," which is the "code" word for bringing illegal aliens and their dependents and survivors into the U.S. Social Security system.
Implementation of the SPP (and thus the NAU) is already underway. It involves, for example, converting the Kansas City, Missouri port into a Mexican port. A business and economic development organization called Kansas City SmartPort has been established as described in the SmartPort website. The plan is to enable cheap-labor products made in communist China to travel in sealed containers non-stop from the Far East by way of Mexico through a "ships-to-rail terminal at the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico" then up "the evolving trade corridor" to Kansas City where they would have their first inspection!
A Kansas City SmartPort brochure explains, "Kansas City offers the opportunity for sealed cargo containers to travel from Mexican port cities with virtually no border delays." It was anticipated that Mexico would pay for big expensive machines to conduct high-tech gamma-ray screening for drive-through inspections of containers, but Mexico so far has declined. Thus SmartPort has already applied for $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration so the U.S. taxpayers will pay for the machines.
Not only is the plan for Mexico to run its own inspection facility in Kansas City, but emails discovered by concerned citizens via the use of Missouri's sunshine laws revealed that one stated "the space (in Kansas City) would be designated as Mexican sovereign territory." Obviously one result of the project would be to take the jobs away from U.S. longshoreman, truck drivers, and railway workers and replace them with Mexicans.
The North America Super Corridor Coalition (NASCO) provides more evidence that this SPP- - NAU initiative is already being implemented. NASCO has already begun the process of building "an international integrated and secure multi-modal transportation system" from Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico to and through Texas up to Kansas City and on up to Winnipeg, Canada. The 12-lane fenced super highway would allow Mexican trucks to haul goods the entire length of the heartland of the United States, effectively bifurcating the United States.
Many Texans are already in an uproar over the NASCO super highway project. Governor Rick Perry proposed the trans-Texas portion of the corridor in 2002, which would generally parallel I-35. Since then, Texans, and particularly Texas farmers whose land would be appropriated, are strenuously objecting. A coalition of farmers, "The Black Land Coalition," is supporting an independent candidate for Governor, Carol Keaton Strayhorn.
Another component of the SPP- - NAU plan is the immigration bill recently introduced by Senator Hutchison of Texas and Representative Mike Pence of Indiana. This bill would amnesty the some 20 million (Bear-Stearns estimates) illegal aliens living in the United States and allow them to bring their families and to eventually get citizenship. Their children would be citizens under the anchor baby law. There would be no limit to the number of illegals and legals who could obtain permanent residence and, ultimately citizenship in the United States (and, presumably, subsequently the NAU). Thus, it would effectively dissolve the borders of the United States.
Thus the Hutchinson-Pence bill goes one step farther than the current McCain-Kennedy-Hagel-Martinez bill introduced earlier this Session which would also legalize illegal aliens and dramatically increase legal immigration. McCain-Kennedy would also allow the illegals to bring their families for permanent residence in the United States. It could increase the population of the U.S. by over 100 million (according to Robert Rector of The Heritage Foundation) in 20 years.
However, under the Hutchison-Pence bill, Europeans, Asians and Africans would be excluded from migrating to the U.S. (under the provisions of that particular bill - - some would be admitted under other bills) and only members of NAFTA and CAFTA countries - - (and, thus, prospective NAU countries i.e. Canada, Mexico and the Central American countries e.g. Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, etc.) would be allowed free and unfettered migration and permanent settlement in the (former) United States.