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Shipping-Corridor Deal Cuts Heart Out of Heartland
Human Events ^ | August 7, 2006 | Phyllis Schlafly

Posted on 08/07/2006 9:34:09 AM PDT by Reagan Man

Grass-roots Americans of all parties and economic classes rose up out of their political apathy a few months ago and forced President George W. Bush to reverse his administration's decision to allow a Middle East government to own America's major ports. But the push for foreign ownership continues: the next port scheduled to be taken over is Kansas City, Mo.

Even though public schools stopped teaching geography a couple of decades ago, most Americans (especially residents of the Show Me State) are surprised to learn that Kansas City (where the only waves are "amber waves of grain") is a port. We are also surprised, and shocked, to discover that Mexico will be running its own inspection facility there.

The plan, shrouded in secrecy, has been in the works for at least three years, but it is now coming to light because of the diligent use of Missouri's Sunshine law by concerned citizens. Joyce Mucci and Francis Semler forced the release of the e-mails from Kansas City to Mexico, including one admitting that "The space (in Kansas City) would need to be designated as Mexican sovereign territory."

SmartPort representatives are now running away from this written admission, blaming "the problems and pressure the media attention has created." However, the stubborn sovereignty issue won't go away; the plan does involve setting up Mexican customs officials in downtown Kansas City.

The mechanism for this deal is a "nonprofit" business economic development corporation called Kansas City SmartPort Inc., whose president is Chris J.F. Gutierrez. The deal calls for Kansas City to lease the valuable property at 1447 Liberty St.

As laid out on SmartPort's Web site, the plan is to enable products made in China to travel in sealed "containers nonstop from the Far East by way of Mexico," through "a ships-to-rail terminal at the port of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico," then up "the evolving trade corridor" to Kansas City, Mo., where they would have their first inspection.

A Kansas City SmartPort brochure explains further: "Kansas City offers the opportunity for sealed cargo containers to travel to Mexican port cities with virtually no border delays."

A key purpose of the project is to take jobs away from U.S. longshoremen in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., who earn $140,000 a year, and replace them with Mexican laborers at $10,000 a year. U.S. truck drivers and railroad workers will likewise be replaced by Mexicans.

The port of Lazaro Cardenas, on the west coast of southern Mexico, is controlled by Hutchison Whampoa, the same giant Hong Kong shipping firm that owns the ports at both ends of the Panama Canal. Chinese-made goods will be carried by Kansas City Southern Railway de Mexico directly to Kansas City, where freight will be distributed east and west and on to Canada.

Kansas City Southern was originally a belt railway around Kansas City but, after buying various Mexican rail companies and tracks, KCS controls a 2,600-mile artery from Lazaro Cardenas to Kansas City. KCS President Michael Haverty was one of five U.S. businessmen who met with President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at their March summit in Cancun, Mexico.

Mexico was at first expected to pay for the big, expensive machines to conduct high-tech gamma-ray screening for drive-through inspections of containers, but Mexico declined the honor. SmartPort has applied for a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (i.e., to get the U.S. taxpayers to pay for the machines).

The Kansas City City Council has already earmarked $2.5 million in loans and $600,000 in direct aid to SmartPort, which would build and own the facility and then sublet it to the Mexican government. The cost could go as high as $6 million because Kansas City has an existing lease that runs through 2045 on the same property with the 107-year-old American Royal, which uses that land for its annual livestock/rodeo/barbecue event.

The last piece in finalizing this project is getting the U.S. State Department to approve the Mexican operation on U.S. soil by signing off on what is called the C-175 document. It has already been approved by U.S. Customs.

Meanwhile, NASCO (North America's SuperCorridor Coalition Inc.), another nonprofit business organization, has taken on the mission of building an "international, integrated and secure, multimodal transportation system" from Lazaro Cardenas through Kansas City and up to Winnipeg, Canada. This will allow Mexican trucks to haul goods along a 12-lane superhighway through the heartland of the United States.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: cuespookymusic; globalism; globalistsundermybed; invasion; kansascity; kookmagnetthread; nasco; reconquista; schlafly; smartport; transtinfoilcorridor; trucksrippedmyflesh
Looks like more globalist policy crapola from the Bush administration and his NWO buddies, Vincente Fox and Stephen Harper. The sell-out of America's future marches forward.

Tick,tick,tick.... here come the 'ridiculists'. LOL

1 posted on 08/07/2006 9:34:10 AM PDT by Reagan Man
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To: Reagan Man

I don't know if this is related, but a LOT of construction has popped up at the Kansas City airport right near the eastern N/S runway. It looks like a massive refueling depot -- as in a couple of gas stations with a lot of stalls. I guess I should take a picture of it next time I am on a plane that is taxiing past it.


2 posted on 08/07/2006 9:39:54 AM PDT by xrp (Fox News Channel: MISSING WHITE GIRL NETWORK)
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To: Reagan Man

Should make the drug distribution system far more efficient. This will be the Nagasaki of the WOD (and we lost).


3 posted on 08/07/2006 9:41:57 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (WARNING: Alcohol may cause you to think you are whispering when you are definitely not.)
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To: Reagan Man
SmartPort representatives are now running away from this written admission, blaming "the problems and pressure the media attention has created." However, the stubborn sovereignty issue won't go away; the plan does involve setting up Mexican customs officials in downtown Kansas City.
When I was returning from a business trip to Monterrey (Mexico), I went through US Customs there. Likewise in Montreal.

This isn't a big deal.

-Eric

4 posted on 08/07/2006 9:47:30 AM PDT by E Rocc (Myspace "Freepers" group moderator)
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To: Reagan Man

The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America will effectively graft a fat pipe from the corrupt, marxist, drug and human trafficking nation to our south directly to the US heartland under questionable jurisdictions and real security concerns (not just security in name only). I would hazard to guess that the conceptual seeds of this monstrosity were sown before nineteen jihadists decided to attack the US five years ago. And we all know times have changed a bit since then.


5 posted on 08/07/2006 9:54:12 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Reagan Man

6 posted on 08/07/2006 10:00:58 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: blackie

Don't you listen to Michael Medved, this is just so much hype. How could anyone be against more roads? Whatever it takes to make business more profitable and cut the red tape from the shipping business....


7 posted on 08/07/2006 10:05:49 AM PDT by jeremiah (How much did we get for that rope?)
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To: Reagan Man
A key purpose of the project is to take jobs away from U.S. longshoremen in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., who earn $140,000 a year, and replace them with Mexican laborers at $10,000 a year.

Bravo! Go get them. The ILWU brought this on themselves. Shipping companies cannot transfer emailed shipment data automatically because the ILWU makes "marine clerks" retype them in. Ha ha ha. ¿Habla Español dufus?

8 posted on 08/07/2006 10:10:19 AM PDT by atomic_dog
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To: blackie

That's a pretty graphic. Looks so damn wholesome with its vibrant pinks and forward thinking yellows.


9 posted on 08/07/2006 10:11:10 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Reagan Man

What is it about a longshoreman job that makes it worth 140,000 per year? Is it because of their willingness to use violence to obstruct the flow of goods to the rest of us and to prevent others from performing the work?


10 posted on 08/07/2006 10:13:45 AM PDT by tundra1946
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To: jeremiah

No ~ I don't Medved to explain what is obvious to me and any clear thinking American.

Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!


11 posted on 08/07/2006 10:17:05 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: tundra1946
What is it about a longshoreman job that makes it worth 140,000 per year?

It takes juice in order to refuse to use barcode scanners.

12 posted on 08/07/2006 10:17:08 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: texastoo; hedgetrimmer

Ping


13 posted on 08/07/2006 10:17:55 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: SpaceBar

Yep ~ vibrant. ;)


14 posted on 08/07/2006 10:18:02 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: tundra1946

They have a good union. ;)


15 posted on 08/07/2006 10:18:35 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Reagan Man
A key purpose of the project is to take jobs away from U.S. longshoremen in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., who earn $140,000 a year, and replace them with Mexican laborers at $10,000 a year. U.S. truck drivers and railroad workers will likewise be replaced by Mexicans.

Total bullsh!t. She has no idea what she is talking about, and should be ashamed of such sloppy research. And yeah, I know who she is and what she has done in the past, which is why this is even more inexcusable.

Impossible to replace American rail workers with Mexican ones because it isn't like on a highway where anyone can just get on and drive. Each employee has to be trained and qualified on how to work their territory, they are limited by union agreements to only working a specified section between fixed crew change terminals (usually about 150-250 miles), and (unlike many industries) all operating employees are unionized on mainline railroads (even in a right-to-work state like Texas.) The crewing agreements are very specific, long-term, and there is zero chance of any major railroad breaking the unions. Zero, completely different situation than the air traffic controllers. Even if they ran through bi-lingual crews across the border, they wouldn't make it any further north than the Corpus Christi area because of crew district lengths (by law no rail employee can work more than 12 hours, thus limiting how far they can operate a single train.)

This isn't a proposal to replace the ports of LA/Long Beach, it is to bypass the congestion and capture some of the overflow traffic. Shipping via Lazaro Cardenas and Mazatlan adds at least a day for rail or truck transport and more extra days for the much longer sea transit (just take a look at a globe), so for much of the cargo it will always be more cost-effective to enter via the US west coast. However there is a limit to how much these US ports can expand and the rail routes from CA to the south and midwest are near current capacity. Also most traffic moves via Chicago, Memphis, and Texas, so KC isn't a huge threat to those gateways, but rather an attempt to open another (needed) gateway and capture some of the huge number of warehousing/repacking/distribution jobs that currently take place at the ports of entry. Just like Chicago and Memphis has, and Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and other cities are attempting to get in on. What Kansas City is trying to create is an inland port, a concept that isn't new and has been used in Front Royal, VA (within an hour of DC) for years. Phyllis needs to google "Virginia Inland Port", she just might learn a thing or three.

16 posted on 08/07/2006 10:33:43 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Reagan Man

Management of certain shipping operations by a company of foreign ownership does not constitute foreign "ownership" of the port.


17 posted on 08/07/2006 10:35:37 AM PDT by Elsiejay (.)
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To: Reagan Man

I knew KC was port years ago and wait til the Mexicans run into the Mafia there.


18 posted on 08/07/2006 10:47:28 AM PDT by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: Elsiejay

It's tough to get past that first sentence, isn't it? :)


19 posted on 08/07/2006 10:48:06 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Reagan Man

bump


20 posted on 08/07/2006 10:52:16 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Inland ports do relieve congestion at coastal ports, but this NAFTA superhighway has many people on both sides of the political spectrum concerned and unhappy. No prerequisite is needed in global trade issues to understand that borders, language and culture have important meaning to most Americans. And while free trade is critical to America's economic future, free trade agreements must also be fair trade agreements. The Feds keep making trade agreements with foreign nations who don't respect America's rights. Above all America's sovereignty and Americans security shouldn't be sold out in the name of excessively liberal trade desires.


21 posted on 08/07/2006 11:09:00 AM PDT by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't support amnesty and conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: SpaceBar
One change,with your permission,

The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America will effectively graft a fat pipe from the corrupt, Marxist, drug and human trafficking nation to our south directly to the US heartland under questionable unconstitutional jurisdictions and real security concerns (not just security in name only).
22 posted on 08/07/2006 11:18:10 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: Reagan Man

NASCO needs killing


23 posted on 08/07/2006 11:20:16 AM PDT by ckilmer
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Impossible to replace American rail workers with Mexican ones

No they get on at the originating port in Lazaro Cardenas, and get off in their sovereign mexican inspection facility in Kansas City. American workers are not included.
24 posted on 08/07/2006 11:21:09 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: Reagan Man
Setting up a short sea transportation network on the Pacific coast within US sovereign territory would relieve congestion, and improve the domestic economy. But since transnationalists seem to be in charge of port policy, its the race to the bottom with a wealth transfer to Lazaro Cardenas as the payoff. Don't forget that Hutchison Wampoa has invested billions in Lazaro Cardenas and want to keep their profit levels highs while at the same time, they establish total control over their supply chain(thats what this transportation corridor really is). It will quash any oversight by the American people about goods and traffic into our own country, that is, eliminate our sovereignty over our borders where this corporation is concerned.

Since 'red' means green to the "free traders" they will defend this unrestricted access by Hutchison to the death.
25 posted on 08/07/2006 11:38:41 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: Smartass

PING


26 posted on 08/07/2006 11:40:44 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: hedgetrimmer
No they get on at the originating port in Lazaro Cardenas, and get off in their sovereign mexican inspection facility in Kansas City. American workers are not included.

The Mexican inspection facility is for our EXPORTS to Mexico, so they don't have to pass Mexican customs inspection at the border.

American workers will most definitely be involved at the Kansas City facility unloading imports.

27 posted on 08/07/2006 11:51:05 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: blackie

Call in to his radio show on a conspiracy day, and debate him on the subject. I have tried, and not gotten through. He belittles any that broach this subject, calls them Kooks of course. Of course he thinks Tancredo is on the fringe, because he stood beneath a sign that said "No more immigrants, we are full".


28 posted on 08/07/2006 12:21:33 PM PDT by jeremiah (How much did we get for that rope?)
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To: hedgetrimmer
No they get on at the originating port in Lazaro Cardenas, and get off in their sovereign mexican inspection facility in Kansas City. American workers are not included.

Really? Source? How exactly do you know this?

Like all your other alarmist conspiracy lies, this one is just pulled out of your a$$. Too bad for you, I am a former railroad conductor. What you claim is against federal regulations. Nowhere in the US do crews travel beyond their crew district (almost all under 300 miles) because FRA regulations limit on-duty time to 12 hours max. After that they must get either 8 or 10 hours of off-duty time for rest(depending on if they reached 12 hours on-duty time.) No trains operate with a crew sleeper dorm car that would allows crews to ride along with a train, because FRA regs forbid counting time on a train (even in a crew dorm car) as rest. By law they cannot work again until they have been given adequate rest. It also would be too difficult to qualify crews on the multiple territories required, and the unions would never allow it, because it messes up assignments, extra boards, seniority, and earnings, crosses jurisdictions, and is against negotiated agreements.

If they banned posters for repeated lying, you would have been zotted long ago.

29 posted on 08/07/2006 12:24:49 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Reagan Man

I am opposed to to the Texas part of this (TTC) and will vote accordingly.

Keep Texas Roads Toll Free!


30 posted on 08/07/2006 12:26:17 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: jeremiah
"No more immigrants, we are full".

I like it!!


31 posted on 08/07/2006 1:31:51 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: blackie

So do I, but in the wonderful world of Medved, that is fringe material.


32 posted on 08/07/2006 2:34:25 PM PDT by jeremiah (How much did we get for that rope?)
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To: jeremiah

He is a good movie critic. >:-}


33 posted on 08/07/2006 3:58:30 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: blackie

I know someone that went to see the "Ballad of Ricky Bobby".......they hated it, Medved said it was very funny. Not that some people differ, but he missed this one, if one of the fans of this kind of humor is right.


34 posted on 08/07/2006 4:28:01 PM PDT by jeremiah (How much did we get for that rope?)
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To: jeremiah

I'm gonna pass on the "Ballad of Ricky Bobby" ~ not my cup of tea.

I'm a NASCAR fan (all motor-sports, actually) especially Jack Roush Racing. :)


35 posted on 08/08/2006 8:15:33 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

"What you claim is against federal regulations."

Federal Regulations? Like enforcement?

Are you trying to be funny? Have you been asleep for the last few years.


36 posted on 08/09/2006 3:08:45 PM PDT by roofgoat
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