Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"Don’t think this is something far off and into the future. It is happening right now."

Moving closer to a superstate

March 20, 2007

The Palestine Herald
Copyright 2007

If the people of a borderless North America are expected to be able to move around freely, then they need the infrastructure to do so.

One of the ideas behind that free movement of people, and commerce, is the Trans Texas Corridor.

The TTC, when complete, would run from the border with Mexico all the way to Oklahoma. There are other corridors planned, including one running from Houston to Dallas parallel to Interstate 45, but the one from Mexico is getting all of the attention right now.

If all the planned corridors were built in Texas they would comprise about 4,000 miles of road, rail and broadband infrastructure. Most of the land for that, about a half-million acres, would be confiscated using eminent domain.

The link from the Mexican border to Oklahoma is the highest-priority corridor right now. This superhighway will eventually lead to Canada with an international port in Kansas City, which is currently being called the Kansas City Smart Port.

According to the Kansas City Smart Port Web site, Kansas City serves as a prime spot for a transportation hub and can serve as, “the heart of a rail corridor spanning coast to coast across the U.S. and extending from Canada to Mexico (NAFTA Railway).”

So, what does all this mean for Texans, and all other U.S. residents? It means an unrestricted and borderless trade and travel route from the interior of Mexico to Hudson Bay in Canada.

As a sidebar to this, a Chinese company, Hutchinson Whampoa Limited which also operates both ends of the Panama Canal that was given back to Panama in the early 1990s, is investing millions of dollars to expand deep water ports on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Couple these facts with the NAFTA corridor and China can have unfettered access to the continental United States.

All of this is being done with the backing, and urging, of the North American Super Corridor Coalition Inc. (NASCO), which believes that eventually most of the products China docks in Mexico will make its way to U.S. markets, severely undercutting the price of products made here in the U.S.

The rationale behind all this is that U.S. ports are clogged (mainly with Chinese goods), so these extra ports would enable foreign products to enter the U.S. more efficiently.

With these corridors being put in place, the ability to be able to control the flow of traffic across international borders will be non-existent.

This is not something most U.S. businesses and cities are against. San Antonio also has plans for a smart port much like the one in the making in Kansas City. In San Antonio, the port would service the southern east-west route and be one of the first major stops on the trip north from Mexico.

Don’t think this is something far off and into the future. It is happening right now.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced just last week that beginning in April 100 Mexican trucking companies can start making deliveries anywhere in the U.S.

Mexican laws regarding vehicle and driver safety tend to be more lax than U.S. standards, thereby exposing drivers on U.S. highways to greater risk.

Most of this is being done well out of the public eye, because the public would not stand for the dissolution of U.S. sovereignty. Even with public sentiment against this, plans move forward to make it happen, moving the North American continent closer to a superstate.

In our continuing look at the beginnings of a North American Union, we will visit the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law last year, giving the executive branch of government unwieldy powers.


Wayne Stewart may be contacted via e-mail at wstewart@palestineherald.com

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