Skip to comments.NAFTA SUPERHIGHWAY | An urban myth or reality?
Posted on 05/31/2007 6:06:33 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
NAFTA SUPERHIGHWAY | An urban myth or reality?
Super suspicious foes
The government denies any such plans, but campaign against it continues.
By MATT STEARNS
WASHINGTON | If the government really has a secret plan for a 12-lane road-and-rail NAFTA Superhighway that will split the heartland from Mexico to Canada, it is playing with a great poker face.
There is absolutely no U.S. government plan for a NAFTA Superhighway of any sort, said David Bohigian, an assistant secretary of commerce.
Sen. Kit Bond, a Missouri Republican and a powerful member of committees that would authorize and pay for a NAFTA Superhighway, if one were being planned, dismissed the notion as unfounded theories with no credence.
Responding to denials, Rep Virgil Goode, a Virginia Republican, the chief sponsor of the House resolution opposing the NAFTA Superhighway, scoffed: Ive heard that line before. Theyre just calling it something else Its a decrease in our security and an erasing of our borders.
Goode is hardly alone: His resolution has attracted 21 co-sponsors, from both parties.
Authorities say the whole idea, inspired by the free-trade agreement signed by the U.S., Mexico and Canada, is an Internet-based urban myth fueled by fear and suspicion.
Those accused of selling out U.S. sovereignty by shilling for a superhighway say that legitimate efforts to increase trade efficiencies through international cooperation, technological enhancements and infrastructure improvements have been turned into something sinister.
For example, conspiracy theorists see Kansas City as a pivotal point for the superhighway because of Kansas City SmartPort, an effort to turn the region into a transportation and logistics center. Officials are working with Mexico to establish an inland customs facility for exports of U.S.-made goods only, not, as some fear, as a security-reducing inland port for imports from Mexico and Asia, said Chris Gutierrez, president of SmartPort.
We get hit with it all the time, said Danny Rotert, a spokesman for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat. Its on some weird set of talking points. They say well actually cede sovereign U.S. land to Mexico. People call and complain about it all the time. We try to explain thats not the case.
Here is what Paul, a GOP presidential candidate, told a New Hampshire audience: They already have a plan for a highway running from Mexico up to Canada, a 12-lane highway with trains running in the middle. Its going to be an international highway. And theres been some secret funding already into our budgets to start this program moving. Theres going to be eminent domain powers used to confiscate tens of thousands of acres to build this.
Variations on the theme abound.
Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan says it will be a 10-lane highway, not 12, but adds that it will include oil and gas pipelines.
Running for Congress last year in Kansas, Democrat Nancy Boyda, who campaigned against the superhighway, warned that 30,000 acres of private land in Kansas would be taken to build it. Boyda defeated five-term incumbent Rep. Jim Ryun, who called the superhighway a myth.
Others see it as a first step in an effort to erase national borders and sovereignty and unite all of North America into a single union, with one currency.
Its a drift toward a European Union, Goode said. I dont want to have one currency for all North America. I support our country being our country.
Those convinced that the NAFTA Superhighway is coming point to several disparate efforts that they say prove that the government isnt telling the whole truth:
Bohigian, the trade official whose portfolio includes the SPP, said the effort is intended only to reduce the cost of trade and improve the quality of life through efforts such as decreasing the wait time for trucks idling at international borders. Reducing the average wait time from 35 minutes to six minutes has saved more than $1 billion, Bohigian said.
But Boyda said: These are legitimate questions. This is an issue about trade, jobs and security.
The govt may not have specific plans.......other than to privatize it to some Mexican company so they can wash their hands of it.
Check out: nascocorridor.com
These, of course, were simply "concentration points" to which non-preferential classes of mail were sent for distribution and re-dispatch.
It went on for years and years and years. Thousands of letters were written by POD and then USPS officials to fearful leftwards around the country telling them what a PCC really was.
It was all to no avail. Leftards will believe what they want and many probably believe thousands of their little friends are still imprisoned in a PCC.
North American Union Plan Headed to Congress in FALL!!
Threads like this are flypaper for the unhinged.
It made a lot of around news here a few years back. There was a plan for a shortcut of sorts to I-94. I think it was more of a test case to see how it would be received but it wasn’t received well. Their estimates that they would only have to “relocate” some 350 families didn’t go over very well.
Texas, Gov. Ron Perry (REPUBLICAN), has hired a MEXICAN company to build the trans-Texas superhighway from the Mexican border to Oklahoma.
To build it they are using emminent domain powers to force out farmers and other landowners.
This is a REPUBLICAN led disgrace.
What this group is doing makes sense.
I won’t change any minds on FR. Clinging tightly to conspiracies is a favorite past time. Finding pieces of corroborating evidence is like finding a bit of gold in your sluice pan. I wouldn’t want to deprive anyone from having a good time.
Have your State Representatives demand that the Mexican construction contract be invalidated and a US company chosen instead.
It’s your money and your Representatives that control the purse strings.
Petition to recall your Governor.
fascism would be the state control of business.
Corporate fascism sounds like some cool phase somebody made up and it sounds evil because of the “facism” part. It makes no sense.
Actually, a SPANISH company has teamed up with H.B. Zachry, a construction company, under RICK perry to build TTC-35 of the Trans-Texas Corridor.
I’m not sure what those very real corridors have to do with this mythical one.
The President also felt that the newer, multi-lane highways were essential to a strong national defense.
That what that bastard wanted you to think! Why the secrecy?
(extreme sarcasm off)
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