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FOLLOW THE YELLOWBRICK ROAD - aka the NAFTA Super Highway

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  1. longeyes

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    Did somebody Up There forget to tell us something...? Wait, they only needed to when we were still a Republic, I forgot. Onward goes the New World Plantation.


    Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway

    by Jerome R. Corsi
    Posted Jun 12, 2006

    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 Longshoreman’s Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation’s 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.

    As incredible as this plan may seem to some readers, the first Trans-Texas Corridor segment of the NAFTA Super Highway is ready to begin construction next year. Various U.S. government agencies, dozens of state agencies, and scores of private NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been working behind the scenes to create the NAFTA Super Highway, despite the lack of comment on the plan by President Bush. The American public is largely asleep to this key piece of the coming “North American Union” that government planners in the new trilateral region of United States, Canada and Mexico are about to drive into reality.

    Just examine the following websites to get a feel for the magnitude of NAFTA Super Highway planning that has been going on without any new congressional legislation directly authorizing the construction of the planned international corridor through the center of the country.

    * NASCO, the North America SuperCorridor Coalition Inc., is a “non-profit organization dedicated to developing the world’s first international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system along the International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor to improve both the trade competitiveness and quality of life in North America.” Where does that sentence say anything about the USA? Still, NASCO has received $2.5 million in earmarks from the U.S. Department of Transportation to plan the NAFTA Super Highway as a 10-lane limited-access road (five lanes in each direction) plus passenger and freight rail lines running alongside pipelines laid for oil and natural gas. One glance at the map of the NAFTA Super Highway on the front page of the NASCO website will make clear that the design is to connect Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. into one transportation system.

    * Kansas City SmartPort Inc. is an “investor based organization supported by the public and private sector” to create the key hub on the NAFTA Super Highway. At the Kansas City SmartPort, the containers from the Far East can be transferred to trucks going east and west, dramatically reducing the ground transportation time dropping the containers off in Los Angeles or Long Beach involves for most of the country. A brochure on the SmartPort website describes the plan in glowing terms: “For those who live in Kansas City, the idea of receiving containers nonstop from the Far East by way of Mexico may sound unlikely, but later this month that seemingly far-fetched notion will become a reality.”

    * The U.S. government has housed within the Department of Commerce (DOC) an “SPP office” that is dedicated to organizing the many working groups laboring within the executive branches of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to create the regulatory reality for the Security and Prosperity Partnership. The SPP agreement was signed by Bush, President Vicente Fox, and then-Prime Minister Paul Martin in Waco, Tex., on March 23, 2005. According to the DOC website, a U.S.-Mexico Joint Working Committee on Transportation Planning has finalized a plan such that “(m)ethods for detecting bottlenecks on the U.S.-Mexico border will be developed and low cost/high impact projects identified in bottleneck studies will be constructed or implemented.” The report notes that new SENTRI travel lanes on the Mexican border will be constructed this year. The border at Laredo should be reduced to an electronic speed bump for the Mexican trucks containing goods from the Far East to enter the U.S. on their way to the Kansas City SmartPort.

    * The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is overseeing the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) as the first leg of the NAFTA Super Highway. A 4,000-page environmental impact statement has already been completed and public hearings are scheduled for five weeks, beginning next month, in July 2006. The billions involved will be provided by a foreign company, Cintra Concessions de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A. of Spain. As a consequence, the TTC will be privately operated, leased to the Cintra consortium to be operated as a toll-road.

    The details of the NAFTA Super Highway are hidden in plan view. Still, Bush has not given speeches to bring the NAFTA Super Highway plans to the full attention of the American public. Missing in the move toward creating a North American Union is the robust public debate that preceded the decision to form the European Union. All this may be for calculated political reasons on the part of the Bush Administration.

    A good reason Bush does not want to secure the border with Mexico may be that the administration is trying to create express lanes for Mexican trucks to bring containers with cheap Far East goods into the heart of the U.S., all without the involvement of any U.S. union workers on the docks or in the trucks.

    Copyright © 2006 HUMAN EVENTS. All Rights Reserved.
     
  2. Biker

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    I wonder how many WMD can can fit in a Mexican truck that flies by in the "fast lane" without stopping? Words fail me...

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  3. seeker_two

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    Nonstop across the border from Nuevo Laredo to Kansas City before the first customs stop.... :what:


    Why don't we just bomb ourselves and save Osama the trouble.... :banghead:
     
  4. wingman

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    Corporate America after buying our government leaders will sell Ameica to the
    highest bidder. The bottom line is the end game and nothing and I mean nothing else matters.
     
  5. Biker

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    Fox has to be doing a hat dance and coyotes throughout Mexico are swilling the takillya and counting their future pesos. Let's see how imminent domain plays into this big ol' highway too.

    Biker
     
  6. Nightfa11

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    I live about 100 yards west of I-35 about 15 miles north of Kansas City....

    hmmm


    :scrutiny:
     
  7. carterbeauford

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    It couldn't be any worse to drive than I95.

    Good thing I spent some time learning Spanish, now it's going to be "diez-quatro, amigo bueno" on the CB.
     
  8. longeyes

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    Biker graciously pointed me to this story. I admit when I read it I was a bit stunned. No, they can't be serious...that sort of thing. And then I was angry at the way we are just being PLANNED AROUND, flagrantly, blatantly, arrogantly IGNORED. This used to be a Republic and we used to be "consulted," right? Why isn't the MSM talking about this? Why isn't Bush? Why isn't he being asked about this? Congress? You read this stuff and you think it's GOT to be science-fiction. But it's not. It's not.

    And, well, something's gotta give here.
     
  9. Biker

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    Well Nightfa11, you were planning on moving anyway, weren't you?:uhoh:

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    Frank L. Baum , the author of Wizard of Oz ,and other parodies must be shaking his head.

    Someone send .gov the explanation of that book/ movie - they missed the whole meaning.
     
  11. Sam Adams

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    OK, so what IS the meaning? Seriously!
     
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    Something The Article Leaves Out

    The Trans-Texas Corridor is going to be a toll road ran by foreign nationals. Luckiily (for the Dallas Fort Worth area) they are planning on running this mostrosity well to the east of the area. So, when Al Queda releases biologicals or chemicals, it won't affect us that much. :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
     
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    This has been discussed openly for the past several years. There are stories about it in the Dallas Morning News, Congressional committee reports, Congressional funding etc. Here is a local speech mentioning the issue from June 2005

    Last time I looked, a Republic meant you elected your representative and if you didn't like the job he was doing, you replaced him. It didn't mean the representative consulted with you on everything he did or was obliged to keep you informed about all the bills he read or voted on. I know that you of all people recognize that we have to get involved in government if we want it to go our way, same principle here.
     
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    He's giving us back to Mexico!! :cuss: :banghead: :banghead: :cuss:

    We're gonna be butt deep in illegals!! :what:

    Who is this clown and what did he do with the guy we elected Governor of Texas for two terms?!?!
     
  16. longeyes

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    Well, I don't live in Texas, I do read a lot, and, yeah, the full scope of this is news to me. I'll bet it would be news to 95 per cent (or more) of the American people. We can ascribe some of that to the American people not being interested but not all of it. This story, given its importance, should be the lead piece on MSM broadcasts--but where is it? It's in an on-line journal, where else?

    Let me get this straight: my political representatives don't have to apprize me of something of this magnitude, with its obvious repercussions?

    And wouldn't it be loverly if our representatives really paid attention to what we said and acted accordingly? What has people incensed of late is their growing realization that Congress thinks it doesn't have to listen any more. I think the recent behavior of our Senate in the illegal immigration hijinx underscores that pretty clearly. Bush himself, with his statements implying a divine right to ignore both general input and criticism, also qualifies.
     
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    Regardless of the obvious border security problem that this creates, the other factor involved here is something that has been bothering me more and more. The American economy is being sold overseas. A large percentage of our national debt has been bought up by China. The Republicans have sold out to Big Business by making it easier and cheaper to outsource production and import it back to sell to us. The Democrats are to busy squabbling over Iraq, gay marriage, and abortion to look out for their base (the working class).

    The result is we are (and have been for a while) shifting from an economy based on production to one based on consumerism. The result I predict will be increased economic turmoil while the middle class shrinks into the Rich and the Poor.

    It is possible to turn this around, but it would cost too many people too much money (initially) for our current gov (Reps and Dems) to even try it.
     
  18. Ira Aten

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    Yeah Longeyes, its all your fault. You didn't forsee that the Texas Dept. of Transportation (deciding, in total defiance of the U.S. Constitutional ban on States entering into treaties or agreements with foreign powers without the consent of Congress) would enter into an agreement with a company owned and controlled, by the King of Spain to condemn, and then cede private property over to a tollroad controlled by a foreign power.

    And now I find out from the post above that it is all your fault. Why, you lazy, no foresight having miscreant! Have you no shame man?

    How could you let this happen? :)


    On a more serious note, I have been screaming about it ever since we petitioned Rick Perry and TEXDOT to cease it. Of course they immediately went about disregarding it, exactly like Perry did when we petitioned him and the Texas Animal Health Commission to repeal HB 1361 (to try and halt the microchip in every head of livestock lunacy)

    Regardless of the will, or of the loyalty of their supporters and the voters, once in office, the powerful will do whatever they want.

    It is just astounding though to see the results of their lunatic actions blamed upon the folks totally powerless to halt it.
     
  19. Bartholomew Roberts

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    Then why are they still in office and what are you doing to change it?

    Is is just astounding though to see gun owners acknowledge that their self-defense is their own responsibility; but believe they will get good government from voting once every four years.

    I don't mean folks like you or longeyes. I know both of you are a lot more involved than most people. That is why I don't understand why you take out your frustration on the system instead of directing it where it belongs - on the people who are counting on you to carry the burden for them because they have better things to do today.

    The problem isn't the system. The problem is too many people expect to have the system work their way without doing their fair share of the work to make that happen.
     
  20. GrizzlyGraves

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    What this boils down to is the elimination of our borders and our sovereignty. Based on this plan, how many years do we have left as the United States of America before we become the SPP or the North American Union?

    Who can ball-park it? 10 years? 20 maybe?

    What will we do once our Republic is dissolved and we relinquish power to a North American regional governing body?

    I'm glad my ammo arrived today.
     
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    Our business leaders and government have taken us down this path for reasons unknown, it cannot end well.:banghead:
     
  22. Art Eatman

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    I don't have to be a proponent or oppoonent to observe the following:

    1. The tax money does not exist in sufficient quantities to relieve the congestion on some highways. Notably, I-35 from Laredo to points north and I-10 from Houston to the New Orleans area. I've not driven I-45, lately. The alternative to a tax-paid "free" highway is a toll road.

    2. The volume of truck traffic is a function of the demand for products by all of us consuming types, and of the need to haul export goods to shipping termini. Yeah, we consume, but we're also the world's largest exporter.

    3. The history of ownership and construction in the US of public-use/benefit facilities is that anybody with a big-enough billfold can do it. E.g., auto assembly plants (Toyota, Mercedes, BMW) and port facilities (China, Japan). Beyond the money, the permitting process operates under existing laws--and whoever is approved can build and operate.

    Now, if you believe the population will remain static or decline; or if you believe that trade will remain static or decline, such corridors won't be needed. But I can probably find you a good cash deal on a bridge, somewhere...

    Absolute fact: The better the transportation system, the greater the economic activity.

    :), Art
     
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    Come on, Art, that's not the point. Only the staunchest environmentalists would oppose building new highways in an age of endemic congestion.

    What the worry is the way in which these "entities" are operating, the lack of congressional oversight, and the repercussions on our border security and illegal alien problems. Most importantly, this is another piece in the brickwork of a NAA, which virtually nobody in the USA wants or would like. Last time I checked we still are a constitutional republic with elected government. I for one am sick and tired of watching the President and his "base" act like King Jorge Dos, Head of the Church, Defender of the Faith, and His Esteemed Courtiers. "Trust me" can get you only that far, and that's far enough.
     
  24. Art Eatman

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    CAnnoneer, no argument. Problem is, a lot of the opposition doesn't understand that it's the WAY the deal is being rammed down folks' throats, and the apparent sleaziness of the proposed operator. So, much of the opposition winds up objecting to much-needed expansion of transportation capacity.

    The rock-and-a-hard-place part of the deal is that you can't have a more efficient transportation system and free-ish trade without having more opportunities for illegal entry and for terrorism.

    At the same time, the more efficient ransportation system is needed for the greater amount of trade of all sorts that is going to occur whether or not we like it.

    I don't pretend to have answers for all the objections I could raise, much less for others' objections...

    The Interstate System started in the 1950s and served well for some 30+ years. It's now way under what's needed, ten to twenty years behind. Adding a lane or two might work for five or ten years. And for the next fifty years?

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    I thought I read a lot and was informed but this is news to me too. I am writing my congressman as soon as I post.
     
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