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New Texas truck road drives NAFTA criticism
Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | April 9, 2007 | Sabrina Eaton

Posted on 04/10/2007 1:57:16 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

WASHINGTON - A new Texas road being planned to accommodate truck traffic between the United States and Mexico has riled Ohio members of Congress who fear it's the first phase of a "NAFTA Superhighway" that would be used to funnel cheap imports to the Midwest as it links Mexico, the United States and Canada.

Texas and federal highway officials deny that a proposed North-South toll road running parallel to Inter-state 35 is part of a planned international superhighway, and say there are no plans for a transcontinental road.

They insist the new thoroughfare would merely handle some of the extra trucks traversing Texas since the North American Free Trade Agreement reduced the continent's trade barriers, in addition to burgeoning domestic traffic.

"This is nothing more than Texas planning for its own future," said state transportation department spokeswoman Gabriela Garcia, who describes plans for the "Trans-Texas Corridor" as preliminary.

Ohio NAFTA critics, like Toledo Democrat Marcy Kaptur, are still worried. She visited Texas last month to meet with foes of the proposed road and has introduced a bill that would ban Mexican truckers from most roads in the United States.

Kaptur believes the new road would enable Chinese exporters to funnel goods bound for the United States into Mexican ports, like Lazaro Cardenas, instead of ports in California.

From there, she foresees the containers being loaded onto poorly maintained Mexican trucks and brought to the United States through Laredo, Texas, onto the new highway. The redirected imports would cost jobs for U.S. truckers and dockworkers, she believes.

She also envisions Mexican truckers driving cut-rate car parts to the Midwest, costing jobs at auto-parts manufacturing plants in Ohio. All they'd have to do is turn east from I-35 onto I-80.

"It would be like a huge bloodline into our part of the country," Kaptur said.

Because Mexican trucks aren't as well-inspected as their U.S. counterparts, she says they would pose hazards for motorists along U.S. highways. What's more, she fears the trucks from Mexico might boost smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants.

Kaptur is also concerned about the role a Spanish firm, Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, is playing in developing the new Texas road. The same firm now operates the Chicago Skyway and Indiana Toll Road, and Kaptur is concerned about its growing control over U.S. infrastructure.

"If a state loses control of its highways, our concern is that tolls will increase and maintenance may suffer," adds Teamsters Union legislative director Fred McLuckie, who shares many of Kaptur's worries about the potential pitfalls of a NAFTA superhighway. "Anytime you put a for-profit entity in charge of a highway there is a potential for shortcutting."

Ohio voters rebuffed a plan by 2006 GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell to lease Ohio's Turnpike to a private company, and Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland does not support the idea, said his spokesman, Keith Dailey.

Kaptur isn't the only Ohioan with reservations about the new Texas road and the prospect of an enhanced trans-continental transportation system to handle NAFTA-related trade.

Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich says he plans to hold an Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the topic.

"There are environmental issues, transportation issues, safety issues," Kucinich said. "We are looking at all the implications."

Concerns about the highway are bipartisan. Navarre Republican Rep. Ralph Regula has co-sponsored a resolution that opposes construction of a "NAFTA Superhighway System." He argues such a highway would not bring "any advantages" to the United States.

"I could see why Central America and Mexico would love it," Regula said.

Advocates of enhancing transportation along the I-35 corridor, like Frank Conde of North America's SuperCorridor Coalition, insist there are no plans for a new NAFTA superhighway.

"A lot of sovereignty organizations that have fears the U.S. government will be giving away its ability to govern itself are trying to exploit fears associated with the NAFTA superhighway to advance their cause," Conde said.

He said co-sponsors of the congressional resolution that Regula backs are "not the best informed," and that his nonprofit group, which consists of state transportation departments and development groups along the I-35 corridor, is focusing on making the best use of existing infrastructure to cope with enhanced NAFTA-related traffic.

In addition to construction of the Trans-Texas Corridor, his group promotes use of inland ports, like those in Kansas City and Des Moines, to direct cargo flow around the country, and innovations like electronic manifests that can speed containers through customs.

"Governments never give up the right to inspect everything that crosses the border, but the point is to get smarter and more efficient about it," Conde said.

In Texas itself, plans for the toll road backed by the state's Republican Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peterson are running into snags. A wide variety of civic groups oppose it, and the state's legislature is weighing a two-year moratorium on toll-road privatization.

According to www.corridorwatch.org founder David Stall of Fayetteville, Texas, local concerns about the road include diversion of traffic from businesses that have sprung up around I-35, how concessions along the roadway would be awarded, how condemnations to build the road would be handled, and its effect on local tax rolls.

"Towns will be burdened with providing emergency services to this highway that they get no revenue from," says Stall, who is city manager of Shoreacres, Texas.

Terri Hall, who heads another anti-toll road group, the San Antonio Toll Party, says the new highway would be part of "a new trade corridor that won't benefit Texas."

"This is all about a shift to globalization and trade," Hall said.


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1 posted on 04/10/2007 1:57:18 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: TxDOT; 1066AD; 185JHP; Abcdefg; Adrastus; Alamo-Girl; antivenom; AprilfromTexas; B4Ranch; B-Chan; ..

Trans-Texas Corridor PING!


2 posted on 04/10/2007 1:58:07 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Globalization translated really means the road to third world status for America.


3 posted on 04/10/2007 2:00:22 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I remember Trans Texas Airlines. Mostly DC-3’s.


4 posted on 04/10/2007 2:02:16 PM PDT by unkus
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Well for most of us anyway.


5 posted on 04/10/2007 2:03:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: unkus

Tree Top Airways


6 posted on 04/10/2007 2:08:39 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Kaptur believes the new road would enable Chinese exporters to funnel goods bound for the United States into Mexican ports, like Lazaro Cardenas, instead of ports in California.

What's wrong with that? The stevedores union in California doesn't want to let west coast ports operate 24 hours a day.

7 posted on 04/10/2007 2:08:57 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’d rather let goods travel freely and for the Mexican economy to create good jobs that keep people in Mexico than have uncontrolled immigration from Mexico to the US.


8 posted on 04/10/2007 2:10:44 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Between Governor Good Hair, Bush, and Gonzales, they’d all like to wipe out the border completely.

I’m all for free trade, but we have to protect our country.

Even the normally pro-illegal Wall St. Journal is against the Mexican trucks.


9 posted on 04/10/2007 2:12:00 PM PDT by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“who fear it’s the first phase of a “NAFTA Superhighway””

Gee, ya think?


10 posted on 04/10/2007 2:16:06 PM PDT by jagusafr (The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not")
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To: unkus

Did they turn into TIA (Texas International Airlines)? A competitor of Braniff, AIR.


11 posted on 04/10/2007 2:17:09 PM PDT by jagusafr (The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not")
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To: Ben Ficklin

Or Tinker Toy Airlines.


12 posted on 04/10/2007 2:20:40 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Paleo Conservative

I suspect for that to happen, Mexico would have to get rid of its rampant socialism first.


13 posted on 04/10/2007 2:31:00 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

BTTT


14 posted on 04/10/2007 2:31:44 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: E.G.C.

bump


15 posted on 04/10/2007 2:38:44 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: Paleo Conservative

So, you think that *New Road* (they’re calling it now) will stop illegal immigration?

The only thing it will create is jobs to build the road. Very few in Texas or Mexico will benefit from this.


16 posted on 04/10/2007 2:44:32 PM PDT by wolfcreek (DON'T MESS WITH A NATION IN NEED OF MEDICATION !)
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To: wolfcreek
The Net Economic Benefits Of the Trans Texas Corridor
17 posted on 04/10/2007 3:01:51 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) has already done its destructive work. It has “funneled” jobs to Mexico.

The Mexican side of the border with the U.S. is lined with factories producing manufactured goods formerly made in America. The reason for the relocation of factories on the Mexican side of the border is that labor is cheaper.

Goods made in Mexico are then trucked to American markets.

Our government and American captains of industry are unaware that as jobs go south, Americans will have less money to buy cheap goods from Mexico or anywhere else.

When the International Superhighway comes into being I would warn people not to drive on it. The trucks operating on such a highway will be less safe as untrained, less-qualified drivers, who are sleepy and uninsured creep up on your rear bumper.

19 posted on 04/10/2007 3:11:15 PM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: stephenjohnbanker; Pete-R-Bilt

ping


20 posted on 04/10/2007 4:03:25 PM PDT by B4Ranch ("Steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world." -George Washington-)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

According to www.corridorwatch.org founder David Stall of Fayetteville, Texas, ............

........says Stall, who is city manager of Shoreacres, Texas.


That Stall fellar sure gets around.....


21 posted on 04/10/2007 4:22:54 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: unkus

I remember them well. Actually a pretty good airline. Flew into smaller towns like Roswell and Carlsbad as well as Midland, Abliene and of course others. I think they were bought out by or became Continental didn’t they?


22 posted on 04/10/2007 6:06:22 PM PDT by biff
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To: Paleo Conservative; All

stevedores union in California


Remember the shutdown a few years ago? Well the SOBs have done it again!!!

“SAN FRANCISCO, July 10 – The latest illegal West Coast work stoppages by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) shut down eight terminals in the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports today. These illegal stoppages are the latest in a series of 135 such shutdowns in the past 24 months and are costing the maritime shipping industry well over $150 million dollars, industry officials announced today.”

http://www.pmanet.org/docs/index.cfm/id_subcat/35/id_content/152


23 posted on 04/10/2007 8:12:25 PM PDT by eleni121 (+ En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great)
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To: eleni121

Oh dear, they’re going to make China mad!


24 posted on 04/10/2007 8:32:59 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer (I'm a billionaire! Thanks WTO and the "free trade" system!--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: Ben Ficklin

Dr. Perryman is a respected Texan. However, his elite Globalists views in his reports, omit the negitive effects of the TTC and other toll roads.


25 posted on 04/11/2007 5:45:39 AM PDT by wolfcreek (DON'T MESS WITH A NATION IN NEED OF MEDICATION !)
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To: eleni121

Remember the shutdown a few years ago? Well the SOBs have done it again!!!


Yep that was in the Christmas season of 03 I believe. In any case Walmart began making plans to move a lot of their container imports to the Houston Port and now brings in up to 28% of their container imports thru Houston via the Panama Canal.

Houston thanks the West Coast ILWU......


26 posted on 04/11/2007 6:46:00 AM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


27 posted on 04/11/2007 9:15:46 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

You’re welcome. :-)


28 posted on 04/11/2007 10:54:42 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: deport

Houston will be even more thankful once the Panama Canal is widened.


29 posted on 04/11/2007 10:56:05 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Houston will be even more thankful once the Panama Canal is widened.


Yep and so will the other Texas Ports and others along the Gulf Coast.... Many are already talking about it the growth potential to them.


30 posted on 04/11/2007 9:09:04 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: wolfcreek
"elite Globalist views"

He be a NAU man?

31 posted on 04/12/2007 4:43:21 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

l.a.—long beach have surpassed their capacities.

no one will allow them to build higher capacity freeways to the ports.

california is no longer an educational leader, nor an opportunity for the young.

so, logically it has to be mexico and houston.

america will return to its midwest center.


32 posted on 04/12/2007 4:51:35 AM PDT by ken21 (it takes a village to brainwash your child + to steal your property! /s)
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To: Ben Ficklin

“He be a NAU man?”

He’s friends with Bush and Perry.....it’s a good bet.

I looked up his bio and Globalization is his specialty.


33 posted on 04/12/2007 5:04:49 AM PDT by wolfcreek (DON'T MESS WITH A NATION IN NEED OF MEDICATION !)
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To: wolfcreek

That’s funny. A google search of Perryman + globalist yields nothing. Perhaps you could share your documentation?


34 posted on 04/12/2007 5:23:20 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Ben Ficklin

“Perhaps you could share your documentation?”

Try *Ray Perryman*......there are a number of articles.


35 posted on 04/12/2007 5:39:10 AM PDT by wolfcreek (DON'T MESS WITH A NATION IN NEED OF MEDICATION !)
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To: wolfcreek

If you don’t want to back up your assertions, that’s ok.


36 posted on 04/12/2007 5:40:29 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: B4Ranch; stephenjohnbanker

Texas House passes moratorium on private toll roads

A Texas House of Representatives bill calling for a two-year moratorium on private toll roads passed overwhelmingly this week with a 134-5 vote. A similar measure is headed for a vote in the state Senate.

Although the bills do not specifically mention the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor, the sponsor of HB2772 – Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham – says her intent is to get other lawmakers to take a long, hard look at the proposed network of private toll roads.

“We need to put the brakes on these private toll contracts before we sign away half a century of future revenues and give away the local control of our transportation system,” Kolkhorst said in a statement released to Land Line.

“I’ve been working on this proposal to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor for several years, and I’m proud to see that so many of my fellow lawmakers in both parties share my concerns.”

Kolkhorst’s bill calls for a moratorium on comprehensive development agreements between the state and private equity investors for roads. It also contains language prohibiting the sale or lease of existing toll roads to private interests. Kolkhorst’s bill was passed as an amendment to a larger bill in the House.

The Senate version of the bill, SB1267, introduced by Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, has received committee approval but has not yet been added to the calendar for a floor vote, a Senate staffer told Land Line.

There are several tracks the proposed legislation could take before heading to the governor’s desk. The Senate could approve the larger bill passed by the House, or the Senate could pass SB1267 and send it to the House for approval.

“It gives us options,” a spokeswoman for Nichols told Land Line.

Before the proposed legislation can become law, Gov. Rick Perry will have to sign it.

– By David Tanner, staff writerdavid_tanner@landlinemag.com


37 posted on 04/13/2007 4:27:11 PM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

Getting Perry to sign it without a majority will be difficult.


38 posted on 04/13/2007 5:00:47 PM PDT by B4Ranch ("Steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world." -George Washington-)
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To: B4Ranch

Yep.


39 posted on 04/13/2007 5:24:54 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! Or Rudy/Hillary if you want to murder conservatism)
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